ARSON, INCORPORATED: New York Fire Department 1958 [The Workplace Mysteries] by Clarence Budington Kelland

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.

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About the Author

Clarence Budington Kelland is a legendary Golden Age author of mystery and romantic suspense. Kelland penned some 100 novels, and selling them as serials to the biggest and highest-paying magazines of the time—like The Saturday Evening Post and The American Magazine. Many were immortalized on film, of which the romantic suspense comedy and Oscar winner, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, is undoubtedly the most famous. Kelland appeared alongside Agatha Christie, Rex Stout and Erle Stanley Gardner in the same magazines, but was the most popular of the four. His trademark dialogue and deftly plotted stories “made him an American tradition and won him more loyal, devoted readers than almost any other living author.” Kelland described himself as “the best second-rate writer in the world.” His legions of fans would likely disagree. There is nothing second-rate about his work.