Two years ago, fire cop Tess Gannon's life shattered when a deadly blaze killed her firefighter fiancé. What she doesn't know is that the fire was no accident—it was the work of the twisted Flamemaster, aka serial arsonist Randolph Griffith.

ATF special agent Gage O'Halloran also suffered terrible losses at the hands of the Flamemaster. Randolph is currently on death row for murdering Gage's wife, but when Gage's old partner informs him of a new series of fires in Somersett, South Carolina, which bears an uncanny resemblance to Randolph's, Gage fears that a copycat is on the loose.

Tess is not thrilled when Gage arrives in town bearing the bad news, and she doesn't know what to make of the attractive but annoying special agent. Gage seems certain that they have a dangerous pyromaniac on their hands, and it doesn't take long for him to convince Tess. All too quickly their arsonist seems to have become a murderer—and this killer knows way too much about them.

Steamy passion and riveting danger ratchet up the drama in this transfixing tale of twisted psychological suspense. Brava to Ross for creating such a damaged and bloodcurdling villain. Readers should trust this powerhouse author to deliver nonstop tension and thrills. (Aug., 400 pp., $7.50)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith