|He Comes In Fire|
I liked this novel. It is based on actual circumstances from the late 1990's. An arsonist had been setting fires for months, burning down southern, rural, African-American churches. Too many of our news reports involve such mysteries. Fires have been in the news. Sadly,
ABC says, in Florida, the State Fire Marshal's Office says they solve 31% of arson cases. The US national average is 18%.
|Aaron R. Even|
We are led astray by simple TV shows who solve such mysteries in an hour. Too often, I believe, there is a push by the public and media to solve a case, negating the long, difficult leg work necessary to find the perpetrator. In the rush to solve a case, many individuals are sucked into the vortex of anger, blaming and shaming. The innocent become victims. This novel illustrates this dilemma.
This is a rich setting, it has depth, colour, and spirit. I've been binge-watching OWNs Greenleaf, and it all hits home. There is corruption in religion. It's not all glory and light. It is in the ferreting out of the truth that we find answers and healing. Peering into the darkness, the author resolves the truth. I prefer resolution!
The author, Aaron R. Even, has a pedigree. He has written for National Geographic, Discovery, Smithsonian Channels, and his debut novel, Bloodroot, won the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Novel Award in 2000. This is impressive!
He Comes In Fire explores how the search for answers can lead to false accusations and tragic judgment calls. In a town of corrupt preachers, criminals, and lost souls, anyone can make the suspect list. Readers describe He Comes In Fire as an eerie, crime-ridden drama that will leave you on the edge of your seat.