American fire: love, arson, and life in a vanishing land
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New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2018.
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252 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm.
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Shocked by a five-month arson spree that left a Virginia county reeling, reporter Monica Hesse drove to Accomack to cover the trial of Charlie Smith who pled guilty to 67 counts of arson. But Smith wasn't lighting fires alone: his crimes were galvanised by a twisted love story. Hesse uncovered the motives of this troubled addict and his accomplice, Tonya Bundick. In depicting the dangerous shift in their passionate relationship, Hesse brings to life the once-thriving coastal community and its distressed inhabitants, decimated by a punishing economy and increasingly terrified by a string of fires they could not explain. Incorporating this drama into the history of arson in the US, American Fire re-creates the anguished nights of this quiet county lit up in flames, evoking a microcosm of rural America--a land gutted before the fires began.

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"The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn't stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County--once the richest rural county in the nation--waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding one another with compassion at first, and, later, suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural coast. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. Local police were stretched thin. The arsonist seemed to target abandoned buildings, and by the dozen they were going up in flames. Over two years of investigation, Monica Hesse uncovered the motives of troubled mechanic Charlie Smith and his struggling accomplice, girlfriend Tonya Bundick. In depicting dangerous shifts in their fraught relationship, Hesse introduces the once-thriving coastal community, decimated by a punishing economy and increasingly afraid. American Fire re-creates the anguished nights when this quiet county was set on fire, evoking a microcosm of rural America--a land gutted before the fires even began."--Back cover.
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Hesse, M. (2018). American fire: love, arson, and life in a vanishing land. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation.

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Hesse, Monica. 2018. American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation.

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Hesse, Monica, American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2018.

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Hesse, Monica. American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2018. Print.

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