One man knows the connection between two extraordinary acts of arson, fifteen years apart, in his Montana hometown–if only he could remember it.
“He was good, he thought. This feeling would pass. He would be fine.”
The Blaze by Chad Dundas follows the story of an Army veteran on a search for answers to settle his past.
After suffering a traumatic brain injury in Iraq, Army veteran Matthew Rose is called back to Montana after his father’s death to settle his affairs. His past is not only a blank to him, but a mystery. He can’t remember why, as a teen he became sullen and vacant and abandoned the people who meant the most to him or why he enlisted in the first place.
On his first night back, he sees a house go up in flames, which sparks the memory of a different fire, an unsolved crime from long ago. The memory opens up a window to his past that might lead him to the answers he has been searching for. What he finds will connect the old fire and the new, a series of unsolved mysteries, and a ruthless act of murder. The question is, how does it all tie together?
Dundas’s insightful look at a former soldier’s attempts to reenter civilian life elevates this poignant, action-packed story. The plot soars with each believable twist and realistic characters worth rooting for. -Publishers Weekly
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