Arsonist: A Mind on Fire
Paperback $34.99 - Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
Australian Non Fiction - Published: 3/Sep/2018 - ISBN: 9780670078189
After Black Saturday, a February 2009 day marked by 47 degree heat and firestorms, arson squad detectives arrived at a plantation on the edge of a 26,000-hectare burn site. Eleven people had just been killed and hundreds made homeless. Here, in the Latrobe Valley, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs, but the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know. The Arsonist is the story not only of this fire - how it happened, the people who died, the aftermath for the community - but of fire in this country. Chloe Hooper takes us to a part of the country seldom explored, and reveals something buried but essential in our national psyche.
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