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It's every fire marshal's worst nightmare: a serial arsonist who delights in killing people. The Torcher's most recent target is a New Orleans bar where, 15 lives are claimed. Was this location chosen randomly or was a specific person targeted?

The next killing comes way too close to home for fire marshal Cort Gamble—a former girlfriend is set aflame in her car. The head of the Organized Crime Unit thinks Cort is dirty and wants homicide detective Terri Vincent to prove it.

When the Torcher communicates that he has a personal vendetta against Cort and will kill anyone connected to him, Terri is chosen to become Cort's "fiancée." There are far too many con-flicting agendas floating around these cases, and they may lead to further death and destruction.

Following up on last year's Into the Fire, Hall tracks the Gamble family as they face more danger and trauma. Atmospheric and steamy, Heat of the Moment is filled with first-rate suspense and intrigue. (Oct., 304 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith