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Fire Season

Frank Coffin Mysteries

Jon Loomis

Minotaur Books

Beleaguered Police Detective Frank Coffin is on the trail of a firebug in Fire Season, the third in this sharply witty mystery series set in Provincetown, Massachusetts  Until a replacement can be found, Frank Coffin is pulling double duty as a detective and interim police chief for the Provincetown, Mass. Police. The off-season has just started for this tourist town and the streets should be quiet. But they’re not. When three fires are sparked in quick succession, it looks like there’s a firebug on the loose. A firebug who doesn't care who he hurts. With a deputy terrified of UFOs, a severed head in a lobster tank, and the fact that Frank's mother is setting some fires of her own, it’s another busy season in P’town in Fire Season, an excellent addition to Jon Loomis’ acclaimed series.

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Chapter 1
July 5
 
 
Gray dawn, damp and still, unseasonably cold. The police detective moved slowly, fog roiling around him. He took a photograph of one of the dead seals. Its back was dark gray, its belly mottled, lighter. Two more lay near it, their blood smeared across the broad concrete patio. Twenty feet away but barely visible, the harbor lipped at the long, lion-colored sweep of the town beach—the dark water keeping its secrets. On Long Point, an automated foghorn hooted at twelve-second intervals.
The camera flashed, then flashed again. Dozens of gulls wheeled
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Praise for Fire Season

Fire Season

“The third in this series is fulfilling the promise of the earlier books with its sharp dialogue, keen sense of place, and a protagonist who’s reminiscent of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser but more of an everyman. Great entertainment.”
Booklist (starred review)

"Enjoyable. . .Those who like their murders served with a hearty helping of whimsy and humor will be rewarded."
Publishers Weekly

Mating Season

“A poet and a college professor with an ear for comedy… Loomis heaps up the bodies in this peaceful, playful beach town.”
National Public Radio

“Coffin’s second outing hardly could be better: Loomis’ prose is crisp and smart, and his characterizations ring true, with none more appealing than Coffin himself, a cop with a phobia of corpses. Reminiscent of Robert B. Parker at his best.”
—Booklist (starred review)

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FIRE SEASON by Jon Loomis | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of FIRE SEASON . A prolific firebug shatters the peace of Provincetown's normally calm offseason.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jon Loomis

  • JON LOOMIS, a college professor, is the author of two Frank Coffin mysteries and two collections of poetry. The recipient of a number of fellowships and awards including the FIELD poetry prize, he lives in Wisconsin with his family.
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    Fire Season

    Frank Coffin Mysteries

    Jon Loomis

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