Vertical Burn

Vertical Burn Six months after firefighter John Finney fought his way out of a burning Seattle warehouse to get help no one remembers him giving the directions that pinpointed his partner s position inside No one

  • Title: Vertical Burn
  • Author: Earl Emerson
  • ISBN: 9780345445902
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Paperback
  • Six months after firefighter John Finney fought his way out of a burning Seattle warehouse to get help, no one remembers him giving the directions that pinpointed his partner s position inside No one can remember anything about Finney except that he left his friend to die But Finney doesn t believe the fire was an accident And he doesn t believe the campaign against himSix months after firefighter John Finney fought his way out of a burning Seattle warehouse to get help, no one remembers him giving the directions that pinpointed his partner s position inside No one can remember anything about Finney except that he left his friend to die But Finney doesn t believe the fire was an accident And he doesn t believe the campaign against him is one either Trying to reconstruct the events from that tragic day, Finney uncovers suspicious actions by men at the scene With only one person on his side a female firefighter who is herself an outcast in the department Finney begins to piece together an astounding conspiracy that will turn friends into suspects and every man inside the department into a potentially deadly enemy And the most horrific fire is yet to burn.

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    About “Earl Emerson

    • Earl Emerson

      Earl Emerson is a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department He is the Shamus Award winning author of Vertical Burn, as well as the Thomas Black detective series He lives in North Bend, Washington.

    473 thoughts on “Vertical Burn

    • Emerson's career as a firefighter is obvious as he throws around technology and technique I wasn't able to grasp. I did appreciate a peek into the brotherhood of firefighters,and what drives them to choose this dangerous profession. The plot was pretty over-the-top in credibility, but overall a good read. I would pick up another book by this author. Three and a half burning stars


    • I read this book when it was new. It's stuck with me all these years. Earl Emerson mysteries spook, haunt, linger. I'm always looking for the next one. He's a good and careful writer with a real life so his books don't come out frequently. Thomas Black mysteries are interesting. But I really like these fire fighter ones. I love the conspiracy and the underdog seeking justice and truth. You could read any of his books, some may be weaker than others, but they are all quality.


    • Vertical Burn - OkayEarl Emerson John Finney, son of a retired fire chief and brother of a 21-year veteran, is haunted by the fire that killed one of his colleagues and placed him under departmental suspicion. Finney thinks the fire was arson, but can't prove it¢until two other fires erupt under even more suspicious circumstances, killing another one of his partners. In short order, the mistrust of Finney's colleagues flares dangerously close to criminal prosecution, while a mysterious rogue fi [...]


    • I've been a fan of Emerson's mystery novels for years, but recently dug into a trio of suspense novels that are a departure from his Thomas Black series. Emerson's a Seattle firefighter, and this novel and the other two take the reader inside the workings of a big-city fire department as they investigate and fight fires.As usual, he has great characters who are at the center of the story and keep the pages turning.This book is about a series of arsons that are about to destroy a veteran firefigh [...]


    • I expected a generally simmering suspense/procedural/mystery, as that seemed to be where the story was headed. The final third of the book kicks into an unexpected high gear which had me staying up later than usual, to get Just One More chapter in.Caveat: Emerson is a real firefighter, and it shows both in the characters and the immediacy of the moments he puts them in. Unfortunately this occasionally comes at the cost of impenetrability, particularly if you don't know the names of various piece [...]


    • Earl Emerson is a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department, so perhaps it's not surprising that the Shamuse Award–winning author has crafted a searing thriller about a Seattle firefighter falsely charged with arson. Devotees of Emerson's Thomas Black detective series will recognize the vivid characterization and sly plot shifts. The fire scenes, though, will still take yo.Earl Emerson is a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department, so perhaps it's not surprising that the Shamuse Award–winni [...]


    • Standalone thriller. This novel follows a four year gap and 16 novels in the P.I. Thomas Black and Fire Chief Mac Fontana series. Although the author was a firefighter with the Seattle FD, he seems more comfortable with the series format than this standalone firefighting thriller.Firefighting Thriller - John Finney and his partner are trapped in a burning warehouse. John escapes injured but his partner dies and the future chief lies about the rescue effort. John suspects arson and then a conspir [...]


    • When you're a fire fighter, you literally need someone to watch your back. (Okay, not literally. They can't see your back because of the smoke. But someone better at least be keeping track of you, and you of them.) The scary thing here is that if a fire fighter is actually targeted by one of his own, you can believe he's history.And it happens in this story.If you like thrillers that leave your fingertips sore from gripping the edge of something, here's your novel. Keep your smelling salts handy [...]


    • Very engrossing mystery about firefighters dealing with an unusual number of fires occurring simultaneously in Seattle. If you are interested in learning how fires are fought by professionals, this is the book for you. Some of the heroics seem a bit stretched, but overall it is a credible mystery, somewhat more intense than some of his other books. The author is a professional firefighter, and is intent in passing on his technical knowledge.


    • A good book that may not be interesting to many people. The Seattle fire dept. is stretched too thin and there is a conspiracy to burn buildings for insurance purposes. Our hero tries to fight this conspiracy and is labeled a suspected arsonist and murderer. The descriptions of the fires that must be fought are quite harrowing and may be to intense for many. Recommended only to fans of fire mysteries.


    • "Earl Emerson is a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department, so perhaps it's not surprising that the Shamuse Award–winning author has crafted a searing thriller about a Seattle firefighter falsely charged with arson. Devotees of Emerson's Thomas Black detective series will recognize the vivid characterization and sly plot shifts. The fire scenes, though, will still take your breath away."A nice read with a little mystery and I learned quite a bit about firefighting.


    • Seattle firefighter John Finney pieces together an astounding conspiracy within the bureau that nearly costs him his life. Much of this book reminded me of the Die Hard series no matter what -- John McClane survives. I think I would have enjoyed this story much more by listening to an audiobook version.


    • Earl Emerson is a firefighter from Seattle who writes about firefighters from Seattle. That advice to "Write what you know" is working for him. Action, mystery, romance and humor: this book's got them all. It's a good, light, summer read.


    • Thomas Black mystery - just catching up on my reading list. Emerson, Earl, not Ralph Waldo is one of my favorite mystery writers. His main character is a firefigher, as is Emerson, the stories are well written and gives one an facinating look at the world of the fire fighter.


    • "Vertical Burn" was written by Earl Emerson, a professional fireman. His descriptions of fires were so amazing that I recommend this book. However, the plot revolves around a conspiracy that was hard to believe.


    • I just could not get into this. I guess I am more of a fantasy person. This was too much of a detective style. Not for me. Now if they make a move, I might watch it.



    • Emerson is, or was, a firefighter, and his insights enliven the tale, but other than that, it's boilerplate. michaelprager/book-review-



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