From Don Winslow, the bestselling author of Savages (now an Oliver Stone film).
Jack Wade was the rising star of the Orange County Sheriffs Department’s arson unit, but a minor scandal cost him everything, except his encyclopedic knowledge of fire. Now working as an insurance claims investigator, Jack is called in to examine a suspicious claim: real estate millionaire Nicky Vale's house has burned to a crisp—with his young and gorgeous wife in it. Jack follows the evidence into the crime infested inferno of the California underworld, filled with Russian mobsters, Vietnamese hoods, American crooks, and enough smoldering vice to char the entire gold coast. Things get so hot and deadly that Jack might not make it out alive . . . that is until he decides to fight fire with fire.
About the Author
Don Winslow has worked as a private investigator in London, New York City, and elsewhere in the United States, and as a consultant to law firms and insurance companies for more than fifteen years. He lives with his wife Jean and son Thomas in Dana Point, CA and Riverton, CT.
Praise for California Fire and Life…
“A smoking, smoldering threat of a book that flickers and flames and inevitably goes inferno. . . . Cover to cover, it is hot, hot, hot.” —Austin Chronicle
“The best crime thriller of the year. . . . Mixes two parts of Elmore Leonard with an equal portion of Carl Hiaasen to form an irreverent, ribald hybrid of a thriller that's pure fun.”
—The Providence Journal
“[Winslow finds] a dark, sinister lyricism in the forensics of fire.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“A jazzy California thriller. . . . Think Philip Marlowe if he were still sleuthing--and had taken up surfing.”
—Entertainment Weekly (Editor's Choice)