- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Timeless Books (July 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606191640
- ISBN-13: 978-1606191644
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,307,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Firesong Paperback – July 15, 2011
About the Author
Aaron Paul Lazar is obsessed with writing. He's completed twenty-six books to date, and has earned twenty literary book awards. He writes mysteries, suspense, love stories, and more. You'll usually find him writing his heart out in the early hours of the day - preferably in the dark, quiet hours when no one else is awake in his bustling household. Visit his website at www.lazarbooks.com to sign up for a free book and to learn about future deals. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story's synopsis promised an interesting mystery with colorful characters, and that's exactly what it delivered.
A professor of music at a local University, Gus LeGarde is looking forward to his summer sabbatical -- to long, lazy days spent tending his vegetable garden and spending time with his grandchildren. But when a tornado tears through the valley one quiet Sunday morning and unearths the remains of missing townsperson, Colin Springer, Gus' plans for a relaxing summer begin to unravel.
Little does Gus know that the tornado is only the first of many strange occurrences that will plague the small town of East Goodland over the next few weeks. As controversy over the reopening of the nearby salt mine heats up, the local pastor finds himself the target of a dangerous criminal's wrath. One humid summer night, the pastor's car crashes into a tree in front of Gus' house. The pastor is taken to the hospital, his blood stream full of heroin.
While Gus works with the local police to try and sort through the chaos, his wife, Camille, discovers a secret room in their century-old farmhouse-- a discovery which leads her to believe the home's original owner, Mary Hill, may have had connections to the Underground Railroad. When local grave robbers are apprehended, Mary's coffin is found to be filled with bags of sand, rather than her skeleton, and Gus finds himself with yet another mystery on his hands.
There's something magical about Aaron Lazar's writing. A talented storyteller, he brings his characters and their worlds alive one small, telling detail at a time, much like an artist's brush moves across a canvas, knowing instinctively which details and colors will make the final product a work of art. FireSong is just such a masterpiece.
Aside from his gorgeous descriptive paragraphs, Mr. Lazar has created characters who feel like friends, indeed, like family. The LeGarde's were so real to me I felt as if I could walk into their home, pull up a chair, and enjoy a delicious Sunday dinner. Add to that a plot that is filled with surprising twists and turns and you have the magic that is FireSong.
FireSong is the fifth installment in the Gus LeGarde Mystery series. All I can say is that I have a lot of catching up to do!
earlier books in the series. The fact that it was out of order for me, did not take anything away from the story which
was intense and compelling and I could not put the book down, I find that with a lot of Lazar's books, This book
deals with a small town and it's reaction to a Tornado that demolishes the church, and uncovers a mystery
that unravels with many twists and turns, I loved reading it, Thank you Aaron for your continued adventures in
The history of this small town and its inhabitants is magical and moving. The relationships are constructed very well, with a depth and fullness that makes the story one that will remain long after the final page is read. There is a very special attachment that the reader finds when he or she reads a Lazar story. The closest I can find to describe it is true family and an association that lives inspite of it being only a literary reality with created characters and written happenings.
I personally have read all three of Mr. Lazar's series and have loved each one immensely. If you are a lover of a good story that keeps you guessing with many twists and turns and yet has a real life feel, any of Mr. Lazar's stories are for you.
(Well, of course I have read it before. But, as with all books by Aaron Paul Lazar, I jumped at the chance to reread this. FireSong is a marvelous mystery, terrifying from the very first page. I love these characters and enjoy being a part of their lives. It was fun to go back to book 4 (there are now 11 LeGarde mysteries) and plug in the pieces that I have remembered and learned since. A parade of memories, really. Lazar's focus on the every day details and emotions in the lives of these characters and this small town have made an impact on my heart.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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