Fire Season

Fire Season

[a Frank Coffin Mystery]

Book - 2012
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Until a replacement can be found, Frank Coffin is pulling double duty as a detective and interim police chief for the Provincetown, Massachusetts, police force. Luckily, the off-season has just started for this tourist town, and Frank hopes the quiet streets will allow him more time to stay at home and take care of his very pregnant girlfriend.

When Frank responds to a call about--of all things--the murder of some local seals, and immediately afterward has to investigate a Dumpster fire, he starts losing hope that this off-season will provide any downtime at all. As several more increasingly large and dangerous fires are sparked in quick succession, it seems there's a firebug on the loose. Finding a way to catch a man who burns all evidence of his crimes would give Frank enough to worry about, but with his deputy terrified that UFOs are real, a severed head found floating in a local bar's lobster tank, his mother setting fires of her own, and a girlfriend with bizarre midnight cravings, Frank is up to his eyeballs in the criminal machinations and colorful antics of P'town's eccentric residents.

Jon Loomis consistently wins over readers and critics alike with his sharp humor and larger-than-life characters, and Fire Season showcases his talent for witty prose and engaging storytelling at its best.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9780312668136
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LOO
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 22 cm.

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markuspainsi
Nov 11, 2017

This is more of an agenda driven book than I happen to care for. It seems as a professor in Wisconsin, Loomis would much rather be working at Berkely University. Scenes depicting sodomy in a porn movie do not make good mystery novels(sorry, that is 2 novel, mating season)

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PCPL
Jun 27, 2017

Good.

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deRougemont
Jul 17, 2014

Great fun! An amusing mystery that takes place in Provincetown Mass. and features the wackier side of this "alternative" lifestyle community at the tip of Cape Cod.

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chgarland
Jan 26, 2014

The book starts off as a nice little murder mystery in Provincetown, MA. It's going along fine for the first half when I find this:

"'Doing the crime theme?' Kotowski said, making finger quotes. 'Are you talking about the Frog Marches? Those were deeply subversive paintings, Coffin. If you think they had anything to do with your conventional little arsonist, you've entirely missed the point.'

"The Frog Marches were a series of life-sized, photo-realist paintings Kotowski had done in 2008 and 2009. Frog March 1, depicting a weeping George W. Bush being led away in handcuffs by FBI agents, had sold immediatley for a price that even Kotowski thought ridiculously high. He'd done several more: Frog March 2 showed Dick Cheney being dragged into a courtroom in an orange jumpsuit; in Frog March 3 Donald Rumsfeld was tarred and feathered; Frog March 4 imagined the prison strip-search of Condoleeza Rice, complete with latex-gloved matron; and Frog March 5 showed Alberto Gonzalez, strapped to a table, cloth wadded into his mouth, eyes wide behind his glasses as a large man in camouflage poured water over his face. All had been sold to the same anoymous collector."

All that because the police chief asked a local artist to do a sketch to help ID a suspect. So the author, who is an English professor of some sort and a "poet" seems to think it's perfectly OK to be a racist and a sexist because he hated the Bush administration. Look, you didn't like Bush, fine. But to totally sexualize the imprisonment of the only black and the only female in the bunch is sick and twisted.

So very, very, very glad I didn't give this author any of my money.

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