The Resource Fire lover, (electronic resource)

Fire lover, (electronic resource)

Label
Fire lover
Title
Fire lover
Statement of responsibility
Joseph Wambaugh
Creator
Contributor
Author
Narrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An ambitious firefighter hunts a notorious arsonist in the Edgar Award-winning true crime story the New York Times calls "stranger than fiction." From Joseph Wambaugh, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of such classics as The Onion Field and The Choirboys, comes the extraordinary story of the chase for the "Pillow Pyro," called the most prolific American arsonist of the twentieth century. Growing up in Los Angeles, John Orr idolized law enforcement. However, after being rejected by both the LAPD and LAFD, he settled for a position with the Glendale Fire Department. There, he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming a fire captain and one of Southern California's best-known and most respected arson investigators. But Orr led another, unseen life, one that included womanizing and an insatiable thirst for recognition. While Orr busted a slew of petty arsonists, there was one serial criminal he could not track down. Nothing was safe from the so-called Pillow Pyro's obsession. Homes, retail stores, and fields of dry brush all went up in flames. His handiwork led to millions of dollars worth of property damage and the deaths of four innocent bystanders. But after years of evading the police, he made a mistake-one that would turn Orr's life upside down. The Washington Post raves, "When [Joseph Wambaugh] talks about the culture of cops versus the culture of firemen, we get no speculation, only hard-earned details." Based on meticulous research, interviews, case records, and thousands of pages of court transcripts, Fire Lover is Wambaugh at his best
Summary
John Orr, growing up in Los Angeles, watched with awe the work of firefighters. Wanting to emulate his heroes, he became a fireman. Eventually, he became a fire cptain and one of Southern California's most renown serial arson investigators, successfully apprehending a string of petty arsonists. But there was one Orr couldn't seem to track down, although the culprit used a simple device every time, and killed four people. When the fire lover made a mistake and left a fingerprint behind, investigators were stunned to discover that it belonged to none other than investigator John Orr!
Tone
Writing style
Award
Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime, 2003.
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
160110
Cataloging source
Midwest
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wambaugh, Joseph
Dewey number
364.164
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
PerformerNote
Read by Ken Howard
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Howard, Ken
  • hoopla digital
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Orr, John Leonard
  • Pyromania
  • Arson
  • Electronic books
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a true story
Label
Fire lover, (electronic resource)
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11723642
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781504041515
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11723642
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Fire lover, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11723642
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781504041515
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11723642
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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