The Fire Fighter by Francis Cottam
A Novel of War

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Autumn 1940. London is being firebombed, unable to strike back as the Luftwaffe drones overhead. Jack Finlay, a young man notorious for his ability to fight fires, is given the task of preventing five buildings vital to Britain's war effort from being engulfed by the flames.

But resources are scarce and the mood is bleak, and Finlay himself suspicious about the real motive for his mission. And then he falls in love with a woman as unorthodox as he is: a wartime liaison as improbable as it is intense, dangerous because it makes him as vulnerable as the flames and plots twist around him.
 

About Francis Cottam

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Francis Cottam is a full time journalist and author. His previous books include The Waiting Room, Slapton Sands, Hamer's War, and A Shadow on the Sun. He lives in London.
 
Published December 1, 2012 by Bloomsbury Reader. 256 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The journalist in Cottam knows how to get to the point and within pages Jack is in London in the midst of the Blitz, doing what he can to protect a set of strategically important buildings from Nazi incendiaries.

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The dark, insular tone of the novel and Cottam's terse prose add to the sense of menace as the Nazis tighten their noose around London, and Finlay's anxiety increases significantly when his mother is endangered as the bombing spreads to Liverpool and he learns of his brother's death during a subm...

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