~American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse~
“Some people light things on fire because they feel like they have to.”
This book is a telling of the true crime story of the arson in Accomack County. For a while it seemed as if the entire county would burn to ash. The is a fascinating account of the crimes committed, how the culprits managed to elude capture so long, and what set of circumstances could lead to these strange arsons.
If you have an addiction to true crime shows this one might just hook you. I could not stop reading. Well written and meticulously researched, this book was absorbing. Not just a crime story, it is an examination of the decline of a once prosperous community, a picture of what has happened all over the United States.
This is one of those strangely twisted love stories. He did it for love.
Well drawn characters. Engaging, interesting, and good storytelling. Recommended.