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The Fourth Angel by Suzanne Chazin
Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
Series: Georgia Skeehan #1
Published by Tantor Audio on March 22, 2022
Length: 10 hours, 57 minutes
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When an inferno in Manhattan claims fifty lives, Georgia Skeehan, a rookie marshal with the New York City Fire Department, is thrust into command of the investigation. Georgia suspects the fire may have been started by something New York has never seen before: HTA, a kitchen-sink concoction with the thermal power of rocket fuel. HTA fires—though rare over the last decade—are so ferocious that they can melt a building's steel and concrete framework in minutes.
Georgia soon unearths another startling possibility: the blaze may be connected to three other unsolved New York fires—and to several eerie, scripture-laden letters from a madman who calls himself the "Fourth Angel." As she races to unravel the clues before more lives are lost, she is troubled by the erratic behavior of her partner and by the betrayal of another marshal—a man she trusted with her heart and her life.
I have loved the work of this author’s other series, so I was excited to try some of her backlist being released on audio. Georgia Skeehan series is about a woman firefighter who has become a fire marshal. Even with her father being a firefighter lost in his duty and knowing his friends, Georgia still faces regular misogyny. Both the NYPD and NYFD have plenty of corruption.
The Fourth Angel is a thrilling and dangerous ride in the world of fires. The fire characteristics and investigation are quite realistic as the author is married to a firefighter. I really enjoyed this inside view. We also get Georgia’s personal life and career struggles which are maybe a little over the top. She is single with a 9 year old son. They live with her widowed mother. There is a bit of romance for Georgia.
After a horrible fire, so fast and deadly, Georgia works with the head of the lab and the task force. It’s a bitter fight to get all the information, as corruption has hidden building records and letters sent about the fires. It’s not just one fire, but a series of fires which are all arson with a rocket fuel which burns so hot it turns steel and concrete to ash in minutes. Somehow, in a political move, the commissioner puts her in charge of the investigation over seasoned marshals. They aren’t happy with it or her.
Slowly, Georgia gathers evidence and starts to learn things. Her instincts are good and she even wins over some colleagues. The arsonist comes after her personally, and it turns out he has a grudge against her. Determined, Georgia figures out who he is and collects crucial evidence. It’s a race to decipher the location and stop a big bombing to hurt her and the fire department.
I loved reading about this exciting work and investigations. I’m intrigued to see how things go for Georgia in the series going forward, both professionally and personally.
I am familiar with this narrator and have enjoyed her before. Her voices seemed appropriate and even had some New York accents. A female narrator was fitting since the story is all in Georgia’s point of view. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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