September Bonus Book Review: American Fire

Monica Hesse's trim, flavorful whydunnit

The crime
The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn’t stop for months. …Accomack was desolate — there were hundreds of abandoned buildings. And by the dozen they were burning.” So reads the inside flap of American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land, and not long after that, the flap tells you that “Charlie Smith, a struggling …

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