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American Fire by Monica Hesse
True crime

American Fire

by Monica Hesse

Quick take

_American Fire_ has a larger scope than just arson, and the story Hesse tells is grander than a simple crime spree plaguing a small town.

Why I love it

I have a confession to make: Over the last few years, I have become obsessed with true crime. From _Serial_ to _Making a Murderer_ and _The People v. O.J. Simpson_, it’s become my go-to genre. But the fixation really started more than a decade ago, when I was introduced to a book that remains among my top recommendations to this day: _In Cold Blood_ by Truman Capote—a work of reportage and s...


The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn’t stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural Virginia coast with cameras and camouflage. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. The arsonist ...


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