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American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse Online



American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

  • Title: American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land
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  • ISBN : 9781631490514
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 255 pages


Shocked by a five month arson spree that left rural Virginia reeling, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse drove down to Accomack County to cover the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to sixty seven counts of arson But Charlie wasn t lighting fires alone he had an accomplice, his girlfriend Tonya Bundick Through her depiction of the dangerous shift that happened Shocked by a five month arson spree that left rural Virginia reeling, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse drove down to Accomack County to cover the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to sixty seven counts of arson But Charlie wasn t lighting fires alone he had an accomplice, his girlfriend Tonya Bundick Through her depiction of the dangerous shift that happened in their passionate relationship, Hesse brilliantly brings to life the once thriving coastal community and its distressed inhabitants, who had already been decimated by a punishing economy before they were terrified by a string of fires they could not explain Incorporating this drama into the long overlooked history of arson in the United States, American Fire re creates the anguished nights that this quiet county spent lit up in flames, mesmerizingly evoking a microcosm of rural America a land half gutted before the fires even began


Author Monica Hesse

Monica Hesse is the national bestselling author of the true crime love story American Fire, and the historical mystery novel Girl in the Blue Coat, which has been translated into a dozen languages and won the 2017 Edgar award in the Young Adult category She is a feature writer for the Washington Post, where she has been a winner of the Society for Feature Journalism s Narrative Storytelling




American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land Reviews (31)

  • Fifteen or so years prior to the first of the string of 70 Accomack County, Virginia fires that are the subject of American Fire, I was working at a Richmond firm for the summer and one of the partners owned a weekend getaway waterfront home on the Eastern Shore, the lawn of which gracefully sloped [..]

  • This is one of those true crime stories that is so bonkers I couldn t believe it really happened.But it did happen you can find the crazy news articles online However, if you appreciate a good mystery, I recommend avoiding all spoilers and just let the book unfold for you The story is about a series [..]

  • Where There s Smoke By Judge Elizabeth KieferI have a confession to make Over the last few years, I have become obsessed with true crime From Serial to Making a Murderer and The People v O.J Simpson, it s become my go to genre But the fixation really started than a decade ago, when I was introduced [..]

  • Things in people were broken early on paraphrased p 184 , and the troubles and stresses of life exacerbate the problem s Maybe some people were affected than others, in ways nobody ever could have predicted p 181 For the residents of Accomack County, the arsons happening all around them were a sour [..]

  • Arson is a terrible crime Not that there is anything great about crime of any sort, but arson is one of the most difficult to obtain evidence for because it pretty much gets burned up It is also difficult to catch an arsonist because by the time someone sees the fire and law enforcement or firefight [..]

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