Fire Season

Fire Season

Book - 2012
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Police Detective Frank Coffin is on the trail of an arsonist in Provincetown, Massachusetts, while also pulling double duty as a detective and interim police chief.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250014863
9780312668136
0312668139
Branch Call Number: M LOOMIS
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 22 cm

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PCPL
Jun 27, 2017

Good.

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deRougemont
Jul 17, 2014

Great fun! An amusing mystery that takes place in Provincetown Mass. and features the wackier side of this "alternative" lifestyle community at the tip of Cape Cod.

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chgarland
Jan 26, 2014

The book starts off as a nice little murder mystery in Provincetown, MA. It's going along fine for the first half when I find this:

"'Doing the crime theme?' Kotowski said, making finger quotes. 'Are you talking about the Frog Marches? Those were deeply subversive paintings, Coffin. If you think they had anything to do with your conventional little arsonist, you've entirely missed the point.'

"The Frog Marches were a series of life-sized, photo-realist paintings Kotowski had done in 2008 and 2009. Frog March 1, depicting a weeping George W. Bush being led away in handcuffs by FBI agents, had sold immediatley for a price that even Kotowski thought ridiculously high. He'd done several more: Frog March 2 showed Dick Cheney being dragged into a courtroom in an orange jumpsuit; in Frog March 3 Donald Rumsfeld was tarred and feathered; Frog March 4 imagined the prison strip-search of Condoleeza Rice, complete with latex-gloved matron; and Frog March 5 showed Alberto Gonzalez, strapped to a table, cloth wadded into his mouth, eyes wide behind his glasses as a large man in camouflage poured water over his face. All had been sold to the same anoymous collector."

All that because the police chief asked a local artist to do a sketch to help ID a suspect. So the author, who is an English professor of some sort and a "poet" seems to think it's perfectly OK to be a racist and a sexist because he hated the Bush administration. Look, you didn't like Bush, fine. But to totally sexualize the imprisonment of the only black and the only female in the bunch is sick and twisted.

So very, very, very glad I didn't give this author any of my money.

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