The Fire Baby by Jim Kelly

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In the stifling heat wave of June 1976, an American plane crashes on the Cambridgeshire Fens, the point of impact the remote Black Bank Farm. Out of the flames walks a young woman, Maggie Beck, clutching a baby in her arms.

Twenty-seven years later, Maggie is dying. Journalist Philip Dryden knows this because Maggie is lying in the hospital ward next to his wife Laura.

As Maggie prepares to leave this world, Laura---locked in a coma for four years---appears to be slowly returning to it. And for the last few days, she has listened to Maggie's death-bed confession surrounding events on the night of the crash all those years ago.

It's a confession that will blow open the murder story that Dryden is covering. But can Laura somehow communicate to her husband the shocking secrets she has learned?

About Jim Kelly

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Jim Kelly is the education correspondent for the Financial Times in London. His first novel, The Water Clock, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award for the best first crime novel of 2002. He lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire, with his wife, biographer Midge Gillies, and their daughter, Rosa.
Published January 1, 2004 by Penguin. 336 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Maggie Beck, riddled with cancer and waiting for death in Ely’s Tower Hospital, deep in the Fens, has a special favor to ask of Philip Dryden, whom she’s come to know during his nightly visits to his comatose wife Laura, lying in an adjacent bed since a car accident four years before.

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British author Kelly proves that his outstanding mystery debut, The Water Clock (2003), was no fluke in this gripping sequel.

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Reviewing the Evidence

But otherwise the eccentricities of Dryden, Humph and US Air Force Major August Sondheim -- a man with a drink problem and a half -- make THE FIRE BABY the force that it is.

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Every night for the past four years, Weekly Crow reporter Philip Dryden visits his comatose spouse Laura at Ely's Tower Hospital.

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California Literary Review

While Humph plays “Pancho” to Dryden’s “Cisco” he is, because of his formidable girth, loath to exit his two-door taxi, the taxi being “a triumph of indifference over reality.” But, the focus of this story is one, Maggie Beck of Black Bank Farm, “a big woman with the farmyard bones as familiar an...

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