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Combustion (Paperback)
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Combustion (Paperback)

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Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 13/10/2016
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-Smith, author of The Memory Series, has been a finalist for the Edgar, Anthony and Barry Awards, and has won more than 50 newspaper and magazine writing awards -Combustion is Smith's first standalone thriller

Publisher: Diversion Books
ISBN: 9781626819207
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 32 mm


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"A page-turner with a kicker at the end-you can't ask for anything better. That's what Martin J. Smith delivers with Combustion. Intricately plotted and full of character, this one is a great ride that burns with the intensity of a California wildfire."-Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestseller

"Combustion is exactly what I love in a mystery-fast as a bullet and bristling with suspense. Smith is a fine observer of the human psyche and his characters kept me off balance. Part Hitchcock, part 'Law and Order,' all terrific."-T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author of The Room of White Fire

"[A] well-written fair-play mystery from Edgar-finalist Smith..."-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"As compulsive as its wind-fueled wildfire, Martin J. Smith's Combustion is a tour de force of suspense writing. Capturing inland Southern California's urban sprawl, shady real estate development, and the locals' memories of more pastoral times (inevitably tied to youth and love), the novel is alight with far more than just the approaching flames. Smith's well-drawn characters are motivated by familiar drives-love, power, lust, fear, loneliness-but they address their needs in uniquely 21st century ways, clearing the path for a collision of the cyber world with the `real' world, leading to an unexpected and unforgettable climax."-Gordon McAlpine, author of the Edgar-nominated Woman with a Blue Pencil

"Turn off the phone, lock the doors and settle in for a roller coaster ride with Martin J. Smith's well-plotted, fast-paced crime thriller Combustion. Longtime journalist Smith blends a smooth, spare style with crackling dialogue and elegaic descriptions of Southern California that evoke Raymond Chandler, but his story is firmly set in the 21st century. Whether it's the grieving widow, rapacious developer, slick philanthropist, petulant teen, small town officials or career-climbing cops, these characters all have secrets and subterranean entanglements that cross lines of class, culture, and geography. The perfect read."-Denise Hamilton, bestselling crime writer and editor of Los Angeles Noir, the Edgar Award-winning short story anthology

"Martin J. Smith has found a dusty, incestuous corner of Southern California to explore in this tight tale of small town greed and deception. As the Santa Ana winds blow, and fires rage all around this assortment of lost souls seeking redemption, the truth is burned out of them in a gripping finale."-Philip Reed, Edgar-nominated author of Bird Dog and Off and Running

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