Action, romance and "fine documentary detail” (The Criminal Record) in this classic mystery of a Sherlock Holmes-like fire marshal on the trail of pyromania for profit!
"The techniques of modern firefighting and of arsonists and 'torchers' form the background of the most suspenseful novel that Mr. Kelland has written. Craig Butts, with his trick memory for details, leaves the uniformed ranks of the New York Fire Department to become an assistant Fire Marshal. His father, also a member of the Department, had been killed in an incendiary fire, and the murder had never been solved. Craig wished to avenge that death, and to discover who was setting the pattern for connected fires and robberies over the country. Mysterious.deaths, eccentric characters, and romance appear excitingly against the really fascinating details of the working of the fire department, and make good yarn." —Springfield Leader and Press
"Fireman Craig Butts moves up to be Assistant Fire Marshal and in the Bureau of Fire Investigation his 'camera eye' is of enormous value when organized commercial arson is found to be an arm of wholesale crime. Batts, in seeking to revenge his father's death, perseveres in his pursuit of the crooks — and the brain behind them — and winds up a winner through his peculiar ability. Sure to be popular." —Kirkus Reviews
Also published as Where There's Smoke.