The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper audiobook

The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire

By Chloe Hooper
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Brilliance Audio 9781471182228
7.32 Hours Unabridged
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The true story of the most devastating wildfire in Australian history and the search for the man who started it. What kind of person would deliberately start a firestorm? What kind of mind? On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. In the Valley, where the rates of crime were the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to the police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know. The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. This book is also the story of fire in Australia, and of a community that owed its existence to that very element. The command of fire has defined and sustained us as a species--understanding its abuse will shape our future. A powerful true-crime thriller written with Hooper's trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.

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Summary

The true story of the most devastating wildfire in Australian history and the search for the man who started it.

What kind of person would deliberately start a firestorm? What kind of mind?

On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. In the Valley, where the rates of crime were the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to the police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know.

The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. This book is also the story of fire in Australia, and of a community that owed its existence to that very element. The command of fire has defined and sustained us as a species--understanding its abuse will shape our future.

A powerful true-crime thriller written with Hooper's trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"The Arsonist [is] by turns a fascinating real-life thriller, police procedural, intense sociological study and the long-overdue story of fire in Australia...Powerful and nuanced...In Hooper's sure hands the grimmest details become exquisite imagery. The Sydney Morning Herald
"Gripping, gritty and unsparing but never gratuitous in its details, this is true crime writing at its best. But Hooper goes beyond the procedurals and the scene setting to examine the greater context of the tragedy. The Saturday Paper
"Hooper gives a cool appraisal of a hot issue...even-handed and nuanced. The Guardian
"A masterclass in engaging true crime. Herald Sun
"A brilliant and moving book. Australian Book Review
"Demonstrates why literature still matters. Jeff Sparrow, The Age

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Author Bio: Chloe Hooper

Author Bio: Chloe Hooper

Chloe Hooper was born in Melbourne in 1973. She was educated at the University of Melbourne and as a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, New York. Her first novel, A Child’s Book of True Crime, was a New York Times Notable Book and short-listed for the Orange Prize. The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island won the Victorian, New South Wales, West Australian, and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, as well as the John Button Prize for Political Writing, and a Ned Kelly Award for crime writing. She lives in Australia.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 7.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English