The Dead Horse Paint Company by Earl W. Emerson
(Mac Fontana Mystsery)

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Nine firefighters lost their lives when the Dead Horse Paint Company burned to the ground. Mac Fontana survived---and then ran as far as he could from the smoke and the memories. But it wasn't far enough.
Three years later, those lethal flames have come roaring back to life to sear and blister Mac Fontana, now the fire chief in tiny Staircase, Washington. The charred corpse of Ed Callahan---the despised former Deputy Chief whose inept handling of the famous blaze hastened the death of nine brave men---has been discovered in Fontana's jurisdiction. Everyone who was at the Dead Horse nightmare has good reasons for wanting Callahan dead . . . and that includes Chief Fontana himself. Now the time has come for him to face up to the heat of the terrible past . . . before a killer obliterates his future.
 

About Earl W. Emerson

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Earl Emerson was born July 8, 1948 in Tacoma, Washington. He is the author of the very popular Mac Fontana series as well as the Thomas Black detective series. He won the Shamus Award in 1985 for Poverty Bay, his second novel in the Thomas Black series. He was again nominated for a Shamus for his novel The Vanishing Smile in 1996 (another in the Thomas Black series). Emerson's writing is described as vivid with witty dialog and complex but impeccably credible plots. Emerson remains a lieutenant with the Seattle Fire Department (his Mac Fontana character is a small town fire chief) and lives in North Bend, Washington.
 
Published June 12, 1996 by UNSPECIFIED VENDOR. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The victim proves to be Fontana's former and much-reviled fire chief, Edgar Callahan, the man in charge when a deadly fire at The Dead Horse Paint Company claimed the lives of nine firefighters and changed the future of the survivors.

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