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The Arsonist

The ArsonistWhen the first house burns down in the middle of the night in the sleepy New Hampshire hamlet of Pomeroy, it seems like an unfortunate accident. When two...The ArsonistMystery and ThrillerWhen the first house burns down in the middle of the night in the sleepy New Hampshire hamlet of Pomeroy, it seems like an unfortunate accident. When two...2014-06-20Knopf
THE ARSONIST Sue Miller

THE ARSONIST Sue Miller

B+

The Arsonist

Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Author: Sue Miller; Publisher: Knopf

When the first house burns down in the middle of the night in the sleepy New Hampshire hamlet of Pomeroy, it seems like an unfortunate accident. When two more go up in flames within the week, it’s clear where The Arsonist gets its title. Miller (The Senator’s Wife) is expert at detailing the charms and vagaries of small-town life: the dynamic between fussy, fancy ”summer people” and saltier year-round residents; the fact that nobody’s business goes unnoted. But her main focus is Frankie, a foreign-aid worker who returns to her childhood summer home from Nairobi the same night the fires start. Frankie’s ambivalence about her life path, her struggle with her aging parents, and her romance with the town’s newsman are evocatively told. But her inner world, like the true identity of the arsonist, remains just out of reach. B+

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