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The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life in more ways than one. Neighbors and relatives would pull together to help the Hales get through the crisis and rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena gazed into the fire, beheld its brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape. She would study, struggle, and walk the gauntlet to understand and master its terrible force - and one day become an investigator herself.
But she is not the only one fascinated by the flames. Someone else sees their power as well - and is obsessed not with conquering the fire but with controlling it, owning it, using it to exact vicious revenge.
When Reena achieves her goal and joins the arson unit, her strength and wits are constantly tested - though sometimes the job seems like a snap compared to her love life. One relationship after another has ended for her - some in tragedy or drama, some not with a bang but with a whimper. And she can't always blame them - after all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isn't the biggest turn-on in the world.
Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. He's been trying to find Reena for years, and now that she is close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go.
Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reena's life - with taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the origins - of the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her direction - she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced...
©2005 Nora Roberts (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Romantic suspense queen Roberts lights up Baltimore's Little Italy with this appealing story of love, family, food and arson." ( Publishers Weekly)"Bean's versatile vocal range skillfully portrays male and female parts without hesitation." ( AudioFile)
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By SassiKassi on 05-18-10


I'm not sure this novel would have had such power without being so graphic in the abuse and fire deaths, but it was a very powerful story. Lots of people to love and cry over in this one. And the narration was good too.

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By Mike on 08-22-13

Nora Roberts has crossed the line with me

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The rape and sodomy she included near the end was unnecessary and twisted

Would you recommend Blue Smoke to your friends? Why or why not?

No I would not , I have loved her books for a while now and have so many in my library , but I won't be sending anymore money her way the rape and sodomy near the end was horrible. as a woman I am deeply appalled at the horror she put into words

Which scene was your favorite?

When the couple finally meets

Do you think Blue Smoke needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No she said enough in this one

Any additional comments?

I was really enjoying the book and was involved wanted to listen in one sitting until the sexual abuse near the end . It would be really appreciated if audible could put some kind of warning for listeners to know in advance what they are getting

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By Saluki Selfie on 06-18-15


Where does Blue Smoke rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


What other book might you compare Blue Smoke to, and why?


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By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 03-25-15

didn't enjoy this one

Would you try another book written by Nora Roberts or narrated by Joyce Bean?

I have already got a lot of nora Roberts books but this will be my last.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

was glad to get to the end.

Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favourite?

there wasn't one.

Any additional comments?

all nora Roberts books run to a format (romance boy meets girl they get together in the end, descriptions of them having sex) only the setting and story is different.
as usual good characterisation and plot but I preferred chasing fire.
gif you are a nora Roberts fan you will like this one.

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By Dannielle on 06-25-16

Another hit for Nora.

Beautifully performed and a dramatic and enthralling story. The characters are well formed, you truly feel like you know them personally.

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