Old Flames is my first firefighter suspense/mystery novel as well as the 1st Canadian firefighter novel. Captain Gerry Ormond is launched to national prominence due to a daring rescue and receives the prestigious Governor General’s Medal of Valor. He visits his hometown after a twenty year absence and unwittingly unleashes a killer, an arsonist who seeks revenge for a crime he committed as a teenager in a renegade fraternity. He meets Karen, a high school sweetheart, igniting an obsession he may not be able to control and whose husband looks good for a recent arson/murder. Nick Modano, ex-fraternity president, and now ruthless drug dealer, is the only other person alive who participated in the old crime with Gerry. Nick will never forget, or forgive, Gerry running out on him during their old crime. When Nick dies in an explosion, Samantha ‘Sam’ Markham, a crack fire investigator, begins to hound Gerry, believing his past is connected to the present crime wave. For Gerry, the almost forgotten past has risen from the ooze and taken on a life of its own. As a man used to chaos control, he is powerless to close the door to his evil past. Admitting his old crime will help track down the arsonist but it could also destroy him. It’s a tightrope he walks in a town where old friends are now enemies.
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“I’ve read enough of the material you sent to know that I like this book. I like the idea of a mystery told from a firefighter perspective. Plus, the way you describe the fire is gripping. Your writing is very well done… I like this book.” – Northern Lights Literary
“…compelling and extremely well written.” – Dominek Abel Literary Agency, Inc.
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From Kimba, the caffeinated Book Reviewer blog. Old Flames, is a suspenseful mystery. Yatscoff takes us into the life of a Canadian firefighter with a secret from his past. The tale has lots of twists and a reveal, that I didn’t see coming. Told from a male protagonist’s point of view, this novel offers a fresh perspective into firefighting, arson and revenge. The main character is Captain Gerry Ormond, a career firefighter and a captain. He is recently widowed and has been catapulted into the spot-light by a photograph of him carrying a young child from a fire. Ormond is a working man with a snarky sense of humor. He puts in an honest day’s work, cares for his team and his daughter. He is in a relationship, but not ready to commit. Recently, his team has encountered arson fires, one of them deadly. The arsonist only strikes when Ormond’s team is on duty, and everyone is beginning to look at him and his team. Ormond has a secret, involving an old man and a fire from his youth. Worried that this has something to do with it, he heads back to the home town he fled from twenty years ago. He spends time with his ailing Dad, meets his high school crush. Karen is married, but the heat that simmers between them could sizzle an egg. He learns someone has been calling his Dad’s home, saying “Gerry” and hanging up. Upon his return home, the calls become threatening. He confronts former friends from his past, and learns that most of the people involved in his secret are dead. The tale that unfolds is gripping and totally from a male perspective. Yatscoff feeds us the details of Ormond’s past, as the arson continues to escalate. This was a fast paced action packed tale that kept me engaged. The details surrounding the fires were in-depth and fascinating.
I highly recommend Old Flames to fans of suspense and mystery. I gave this book 4 coffee cups out of 5.