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American fire : love, arson, and life in a vanishing land

Author: Monica Hesse
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, ©2017 [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Documents the trial of a man charged with dozens of counts of arson in a rural Virginia county, sharing insight into his struggles with addiction, his relationship with his accomplice girlfriend, and the impact of the fires on their community.
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Genre/Form: True crimes stories
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Monica Hesse
ISBN: 9781631490514 1631490516
OCLC Number: 959880174
Description: 255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "Charge that line!" --
"The South starts here" --
"Orange in the sky" --
Charlie --
Monomanie incendiaire --
Tonya --
"Like a ghost" --
"Tell us what you know about that" --
Charlie and Tonya --
Schrödinger's evidence --
The eastern shore arsonist hunters --
"I've seen enough ass to know" --
"Like hell was coming up through the ground" --
Tonya and Charlie --
"They're not hunters at all" --
"I didn't light them all" --
"Someday they'll go down together" --
"Everybody has a reason for why they do things in life" --
"I can't tell you something I don't know" --
"Midnight without makeup" --
The broken things --
"Time to wake up" --
Burned --
"We'd done it before" --
"They came out of everywhere" --
"Moral turpitude" --
What happened next --
"It's over."
Responsibility: Monica Hesse.


One of NPR's Best Books of 2017 A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year A breathtaking feat of reportage, American Fire combines procedural with love story, redefining American tragedy  Read more...
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