Fire Season by Jon Loomis

Frank Coffin, police detective and interim chief of Provincetown, Massachusetts, is undergoing a lifestyle change. As a typical middle-aged man who's mind tells him he's invincible while his body reminds him of his mortality, Coffin is attempting to eat better, exercise more, and quit smoking. He's been recognized for his dedication to his job, is surrounded by supportive friends, and his girlfriend has just revealed that she is pregnant with his child. As the tourist season draws to a close, life is good for Frank Coffin. With all this considered, he has decided he would like to live a little bit longer to enjoy it.

Of course, the quiet off-season is soon interrupted. It all begins when an arsonist sets fire to a dumpster. As more fires begin to pot up around the city, Coffin attempts to catch the arsonist before he escalates to burning down the small town and killing anyone who stands in his way.

Even more troubling is the mental state of Coffins cousin Tom, who is also one of his police officers. For years, Provincetown has fostered rumblings of UFO's in the surrounding area. Locals remain divided on the issue, but Frank becomes directly involved in the matter as Tom begins to speak of his own sightings. As he rambles about being abducted by the invaders, Frank must find a way to ease his cousin's fears and stop the arsonist before the entire town goes mad.

I was very impressed with this novel. While it is certainly not the biggest or most ambitious mystery that I've read, I really appreciated Loomis's subtle way of crafting this delightful story. Frank Coffin immediately comes off as a kind of every man who is easy to root for. Provincetown has the perfect combination of small town setting and quirky characters, allowing a sense of reality to permeate the story. Loomis writes with a refreshingly frank style that makes this novel a quick, suspense driven read.

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(week 33, book 37)

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8 Responses to “Fire Season by Jon Loomis”

  1. Hi Ethan, I read the review on Amazon and marked it as helpful. Thanks for the giveaway. I have previously heard good things about this author and this book in particular. It would be great to win a copy.

  2. Hi Ethan: Another great review! Are you familiar with P'town? I wonder how accurate the book is regarding the physical layout of the town and some of the town's actual "characters." I did find your Amazon review helpful and indicated so. My email is Hope to hear from you!! Andrew

  3. Hi Ethan! School just started and I can't enter any giveaways right now (I don't know when I'm going to have the chance to read much more than what I already have lined up) but I enjoyed your review and have marked it as helpful on Amazon. I'll spread the word on Twitter and Facebook about your giveaway! ~Mary Beth

    1. Awesome! Classes just started for me as well, so I feel your pain. One book a week has been a fun goal, but it can be hard to complete. Thankfully I'm reading a shorter novel this week.

    2. Yeah, what was I thinking when I enrolled in 10 hrs of science classes?! Lol. I hope your classes treat you well.
      That's a great idea! I started planning out and scheduling my blog posts (finally) before school started because I don't want to abandon my poor blog again, haha. This semester is going to be a challenge, but I think we'll do great! :)

  4. I enjoyed your review and marked on Amazon that I liked it. The book sounds interesting.

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  5. I haven't read a good mystery in a while. I marked your review as helpful on Amazon. School just started for me also, but once I get into a good book, I can't put it down. I've been known to stay up all night to read.
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  6. Congratulations to Carl! He will receive a copy of Fire Season by Jon Loomis. Thanks to the publisher for making this giveaway available, and thanks to all who entered. Be sure to check this site for future giveaway opportunities.


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