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Blue Smoke | [Nora Roberts]

Blue Smoke

The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life in more ways than one. Neighbors and relatives would pull together to help the Hales get through the crisis and rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena gazed into the fire, beheld its brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape.
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Publisher's Summary

The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life in more ways than one. Neighbors and relatives would pull together to help the Hales get through the crisis and rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena gazed into the fire, beheld its brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape.

She would study, struggle, and walk the gauntlet to understand and master its terrible force - and one day become an investigator herself.

But she is not the only one fascinated by the flames. Someone else sees their power as well - and is obsessed not with conquering the fire but with controlling it, owning it, using it to exact vicious revenge.

When Reena achieves her goal and joins the arson unit, her strength and wits are constantly tested - though sometimes the job seems like a snap compared to her love life. One relationship after another has ended for her - some in tragedy or drama, some not with a bang but with a whimper. And she can't always blame them - after all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isn't the biggest turn-on in the world.

Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. He's been trying to find Reena for years, and now that she is close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go.

Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reena's life - with taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the origins - of the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her direction - she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced...

©2005 Nora Roberts; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Romantic suspense queen Roberts lights up Baltimore's Little Italy with this appealing story of love, family, food and arson." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bean's versatile vocal range skillfully portrays male and female parts without hesitation." (AudioFile)

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    If, like me, you saw "Nora" and mistakenly thought "Ephron", run away fast. My fault, I know, but given that I didn't realize I was buying a romance novel and listened to the first hour thinking I was getting literature, I was seriously disappointed. Listener, beware.

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    Charlotte Detroit, MI, USA 10-27-08
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    This one is an excellent read!! I highly recommend this book!

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    Hampshire U.K.
    6/18/15
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    "GREAT SMOKE"
    Where does Blue Smoke rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    THIS IS A GOOD BOOK TO SIT DOWN AND LISTEN TOO


    What other book might you compare Blue Smoke to, and why?

    THE WITNESS BY NORA I THINK THAT BOTH BOOKS A DIFFERENT STORY'S I THINK THAT THE DEPTH OF THE STORY AND THE CHARACTERS WAS GREAT


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  • Karen
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    3/25/15
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    "didn't enjoy this one"
    Would you try another book written by Nora Roberts or narrated by Joyce Bean?

    I have already got a lot of nora Roberts books but this will be my last.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    was glad to get to the end.


    Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favourite?

    there wasn't one.


    Any additional comments?

    all nora Roberts books run to a format (romance boy meets girl they get together in the end, descriptions of them having sex) only the setting and story is different.
    as usual good characterisation and plot but I preferred chasing fire.
    gif you are a nora Roberts fan you will like this one.

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