As the moon 'shines bright on a cold, wintry night in northwestern Vermont, young Bobby Cutts enters the family barn--and perishes with the entire herd in a violent explosion of flames. Investigating the wreckage, Joe Gunther wonders if Bobby's death was an accident...or arson. If a crime was committed , could it br connected to a series of fires destroying the farmlands around the town of St Alban's? From bucolic, rural Vermont to gritty, urban New Jersey, Gunther searches for the truth behind this astonishing devastation. Out of the charred remains, he must discover the clues to a cunning killer--one one whose obsesive , burning vengeance threatens to consume everyone in its path...including Gunther and the people he loves.
Archer Mayor is always good.
Three mysterious barn burnings, two of which are obviously related, are the basis of Joe Gunthers 16th adventure as the number two man in the Vermont Bureau of Investigation. Gunther becomes involved because the third fire has a human victim as well as dairy cattle. His investigation leads him to New Jersey where he and sidekick Willy Kunkle are eventually able to solve the case. Another well written entry in the series which captures rural New England and all its quirks as well as its beauty and appeal.