The Arsonist

The Arsonist

A Mind on Fire

by Chloe Hooper

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 15/10/2018

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On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The Tall Man, is the story of that man, the fire he lit, and the people who were killed.

On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. In the Valley, where the rates of crime were the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn’t know.

The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. It is also the story of fire in this country, and of a community that owed its existence to that very element. The command of fire has defined and sustained us as a species – understanding its abuse will define our future.

A powerful real-life thriller written with Hooper’s trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.

ISBN:
9780670078189
9780670078189
Category:
True crime
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
15-10-2018
Publisher:
Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
Edition:
1st Edition
Pages:
272
Dimensions (mm):
234x152x23mm
Weight:
0.41kg
Chloe Hooper

Chloe Hooper won a Walkley Award for her writing on the inquest into the death of Cameron Doomadgee, published in The Monthly and internationally.

Her first novel, A Child's Book of True Crime, was critically acclaimed around the world. Chloe's most recent book, The Tall Man, won the 2009 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2009 ABIA General Non-fiction Book of the Year Award. She lives in Melbourne.

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