Blue Dahlia , etc.) lights up Baltimore's Little Italy with this appealing story of love, family, food and arson. Eleven-year"/>

Blue Smoke

Nora Roberts, Author . Putnam $25.95 (437p) ISBN 978-0-399-15306-8

Romantic suspense queen Roberts (Blue Dahlia , etc.) lights up Baltimore's Little Italy with this appealing story of love, family, food and arson. Eleven-year-old Reena Hale, watching her family's restaurant go up in flames, decides to become an arson investigator. The fire shapes another child's destiny, too, as Joey Pastorelli sees his father go to prison for setting the blaze. Reena's close-knit Italian family rebuilds; Reena grows up and completes police and firefighter training. Despite inheriting her mother's good looks, Reena proves unlucky in love, mainly because her beaux tend to die in fires, but her fortunes look up after she meets hunky carpenter Bo Goodnight. Bo gets along with Reena's family, friends and co-workers, and handles the demands of her career with patient humor, so nothing stands in their way—except an obsessed, pyromaniac stalker determined to kill any man Reena loves. Although it does take Reena an inordinately long time to identify her nemesis, Roberts portrays investigative procedure more accurately than her many imitators. Well-sketched supporting characters with potential subplots of their own suggest that the prolific Roberts will put her feet to the fire again. Main selection, the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club . (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/15/2005
Release date: 10/01/2005
Show other formats
FORMATS
Paperback - 741 pages - 978-1-59413-118-9
Compact Disc - 978-1-4692-8807-9
MP3 CD - 978-1-4692-8808-6
Open Ebook - 448 pages - 978-1-101-14677-4
Hardcover - 741 pages - 978-0-7862-7369-0
MP3 CD - 978-1-4915-1538-9
Compact Disc - 978-1-4915-0691-2
MP3 CD - 978-1-59335-959-1
Compact Disc - 978-1-59600-869-4
Compact Disc
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-59600-183-1
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-59600-181-7
MP3 CD - 978-1-59335-958-4
Open Ebook - 978-0-7865-6481-1
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 978-0-7865-6482-8
Mass Market Paperbound - 456 pages
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-59600-186-2
Compact Disc - 978-1-59600-870-0
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-61545-537-9
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.