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A Fire in the Night – a couple is murdered and the killers seek their witness daughter.

Nick Anthony is a former professor of medieval history who, after losing his wife, has retired and lives in a house in the North Carolina mountains. He deeply grieves the loss of his wife and has chosen to live off the grid. Since he has no phone, the local deputy needs to drive to his home to tell him that his brother Jay and his wife were found murdered. Their home in Tampa went up in flames. Nick is told that their teenage daughter Annalise is missing and is a person of interest. Since Nick hasn't spoken to his brother in 20 years, he was unaware that he was an uncle. When his niece shows up at his doorstep, they are in a race against time as the murderers won’t stop until they finish the job and kill Annalise.

A Fire in the Night is an entertaining, fast-paced thriller. As the reason Jay had been killed is discovered, it is also revealed that Nick is not the mild-mannered professor his small town believes him to be. We also learn the circumstances that led to the brothers estrangement.

Many thanks to LibraryThing and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy. I enjoyed author Christopher Swann’s last book Never Turn Back and his latest is another quick read that has the feel of a satisfying action movie.

Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.

Mystery / Thriller.

Publication Date: September 7, 2021.

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