Burnt Offerings

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The scratch of a single match—spark, heat, chemical reaction, fire being born—and an intense thriller begins.

Terror reigns over the North Florida National Forest, the coastal town of Bayshore, and the barrier island of Pine Key—a fiery terror whose flame threatens to consume the whole world.

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Overview

The scratch of a single match—spark, heat, chemical reaction, fire being born—and an intense thriller begins.

Terror reigns over the North Florida National Forest, the coastal town of Bayshore, and the barrier island of Pine Key—a fiery terror whose flame threatens to consume the whole world.

An exacting and methodical killer whose weapon is fire is working on his masterpiece, and only a wounded and scarred FDLE agent and a retired ritual crimes expert hiding from the world in a cabin in the woods have any hope of stopping him.

Rich and textured, yet fast-paced and pulse-pounding, BURNT OFFERINGS will leave you breathless right up until its heart-stopping conclusion.

"Deep, edgy, and smart, BURNT OFFERINGS is a searing page-turner. With evocative prose, sharp procedural detail, and break-neck pacing, Michael Lister takes his readers on a journey into the darkest reaches of Florida -- and into the human heart. Don't miss this stellar outing from a truly fine writer." Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of DIE FOR YOU.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A psychopath, who burns people alive as part of a twisted sacrificial rite, terrorizes north Florida in Lister’s suspenseful serial killer thriller. Daniel Davis, a retired academic who used to profile monsters in human form, stumbles on the first corpse. The investigation into the murder is, conveniently, assigned to Samantha “Sam” Michaels, an agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement who previously worked with Davis. Before Michaels can get any sort of meaningful handle on the case, another burnt body surfaces. Lister (The Body and the Blood) effectively integrates passages from the unnamed killer’s perspective, which make clear that the crimes are aimed at Davis for some unknown reason. As the body count increases, the pressure mounts on Michaels to crack the case. The murderer’s motive is not typical, and the leads are strong enough to warrant a series. (Apr.)
Booklist
"Lister tells a multilayered story about an FDLE agent who teams up with an expert in ritual crimes to stop a murderer who uses fire as his weapon. Grisly and gripping, the novel should appeal to crime-fiction fans of many stripes, especially readers of Florida-themed fiction." Booklist
Publisher's Weekly
"A psychopath, who burns people alive as part of a twisted sacrificial rite, terrorizes north Florida in Lister's suspenseful serial killer thriller, Burnt Offerings. The murderer's motive is not typical, and the leads are strong enough to warrant a series." Publisher's Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888146905
  • Publisher: Pulpwood Press
  • Publication date: 4/19/2012
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

A native Floridian, award-winning novelist, Michael Lister, grew up in North Florida near the Gulf of Mexico and the Apalachicola River, beneath slash pines and Spanish moss draped oak limbs, in a small town world famous for tupelo honey.

Truly a regional writer, his canvas is not a central, major city (there are none in North Florida), but a region—small towns (THUNDER BEACH), river swamps (DOUBLE EXPOSURE), massive prisons in rural areas (THE BODY AND THE BLOOD).

Captivated by story since childhood, Michael has a love for language and narrative inspired by the Southern storytelling tradition that captured his imagination and became such a source of meaning and inspiration, he pursued and received undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology with an emphasis on myth and narrative within religion.

In the early 90s, Lister became the youngest chaplain within the Florida Department of Corrections. For nearly a decade, he served as a contract, staff, then senior chaplain at three different facilities in the Panhandle of Florida—a unique experience that led to his first novel, 1997’s critically acclaimed, POWER IN THE BLOOD. It was the first in a series of popular and celebrated novels featuring ex-cop turned prison chaplain, John Jordan. Subsequent books in the series include BLOOD OF THE LAMB, FLESH AND BLOOD, and THE BODY AND THE BLOOD, and each takes readers through the electronically locked gates of the chain-link fences, beneath the looping razor wire glinting in the sun, and into the strange world of Potter Correctional Institution, Florida’s toughest maximum security prison.

Michael Lister won a Florida Book Award for his first literary novel, DOUBLE EXPOSURE, a book, according to the Panama City News Herald, that “is lyrical and literary, written in a sparse but evocative prose reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy.” It is a contemplation of life and death, art and meaning, set deep in the swamps of the Apalachicola River, a thriller about a wildlife photographer whose camera traps capture a crime, that shows the beauty and danger of the Panhandle paradise.

A committed environmentalist, Michael works to protect the area he so loves, setting up the Mother Earth Fund (named after a character from DOUBLE EXPOSURE) for environmental conservation and education and serving on the board of directors of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper.
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