Burning Man

Burning Man

by Alan Russell


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LAPD cop Michael Gideon and his police dog partner Sirius became reluctant celebrities after capturing a notorious serial killer in the midst of an inferno. For their heroism, they were chosen to head up the newly formed Special Cases Unit. Now the duo tackles out-of-the- ordinary cases, anything deemed unusual or bizarre even by Hollyweird standards.

When a teenager is found crucified in a city park, Gideon and Sirius are handed the bizarre case. Confronting the gruesome tableau and having to work the case worsens Detective Gideon’s PTSD, a condition he has tried to hide from others. Gideon’s burns may have healed, but the fire haunts him still...in more ways than one.

Eerily prescient since that terrible night of the fire, Gideon has unusual insights into the crimes he investigates, a skill he and Sirius must learn to trust as much as they do each other if they are to solve —and survive—this case.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612186092
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Series: A Gideon and Sirius Novel Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 984,482
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Critical acclaim has greeted Alan Russell’s novels from coast to coast. Publisher’s Weekly calls him, “One of the best writers in the mystery field today. The New York Times says, “He has a gift for dialogue,” while the Los Angeles Times calls him, “A crime fiction rara avis.” Russell’s ten novels have ranged from whodunits to comedic capers to suspense, and his works have been nominated for most of the major awards in crime fiction. His novels have garnered him a Critics’ Choice Award, The Lefty (awarded to the best humorous mystery of the year), and two San Diego Book Awards. A native and long-time resident of California, Alan Russell is a former college basketball player who these days barely can touch the rim. A proud father of three children, Russell is an avid gardener and cook, and fortunately is blessed with a spouse who doesn’t mind weeding or washing dishes.

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Burning Man 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gmcootie 11 months ago
What a great start to a series! Gideon and Sirius have been through a lot – a lot – and they are true partners. I love the references to movies and old songs and LA back in the day. Great setting and culture. And the mystery is thrilling, full of suspense that will keep you reading. There is a lot of backstory that is revealed a little at a time, so what you have is a story within a story within a story. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Loved it!  4.5 *Book source ~ Purchased on Amazon Michael Gideon and his K-9 partner Sirius are everyday LAPD cops. Until the day they became famous for capturing the Santa Ana Strangler while in the middle of an inferno and getting severely burned in the process. All three made it out alive. After a year of skin grafts and physical therapy, Gideon wants to go back to work even though Sirius’s injuries put him in early retirement. Lucky for him & Sirius, the new Chief has just the job for them. Though he wants the golden apple of Robbery-Homicide, Gideon agrees to give the chief’s newly created Special Cases Unit a try since he’d be pretty much autonomous and even better, Sirius can still be his partner. Win-win. When the case of a crucified teenager comes his way, he investigates, but for some reason this case is stirring up his PTSD more than usual. Will he and Sirius solve the case before his PTSD becomes general knowledge? What is Ellis Haines, The Santa Ana Strangler, cooking up behind bars? And finally, will Gideon screw up a possible relationship with a woman dubbed the Saint? Only time will tell and sometimes time is the fire in which we burn. What a great read! First, you gotta love a good mystery in which one of the detectives solving it is a German Shepherd. Then there’s all the leads to follow where you don’t have a clue who the killer is. In addition, the dialogue is snappy and on point. And finally there’s a bit of the paranormal to it. Though I’m not sure how much is paranormal and how much is Gideon’s subconscious talking. I choose to put a bit of a paranormal spin on it because that’s what I love, but others may see it differently. There’s also some romance and definitely humor. The only reason I didn’t give this an all out 5 is because sometimes the humor was a bit much and sometimes I didn’t get the references being made. Other than that, I loved it and can’t wait to read the next book.
Buffalojim More than 1 year ago
Generally I don’t read detective stories but I got acquainted with Alan Russell through a mutual friend, and became motivated to read the first book of his that has sold 150,000+ copies. That is a high mark. But I gotta tell ya, this is a fun novel. It kept my interest from page one and every evening when I came back to it I was eager to read. The book focuses on detective Michael Gideon and his police-dog Sirius, who start out to assist in a homicide and end up solving another case while Gideon starts a budding romance with a lady who is not put off by his burned features. That’s all I’m gonna tell you. You can’t go wrong buying and reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tumultuous opening scene throws the reader straight into LAPD fire, literally.  Fortunately, Russell has introduced us to the trustworthy pair of Michael Gideon and his K-9 partner, Sirius.  After catching the Santa Ana Strangler, also known as Ellis Haines, these two find themselves on a hit list, as well as several "Strange Fruit" cases. Russell does an excellent job of bringing this fictional story to life, as if his words are an anecdote of someone you knew.  He uses noted quotations and quick witted banter to etch Gideon's character into your mind, and bring a realistic, yet gentle mood to an otherwise gruesome aspect of being a detective in the Special Cases Unit.  Hardly a negative thing to say except perhaps the author could have introduced Gideon's baggage sooner, and at more length.  It seems when the readers finally hear of his tragic loss, the suspense of his cases take precedence in the mind, and the misfortune doesn't achieve full impact.   Action, comedy and just a touch of romance, this book is a must read for lovers of any genre.
CathyF7 More than 1 year ago
I received a free advance reader’s copy from Goodreads First Reads.   I was quickly engrossed in this story of a detective and his canine partner as they solve the gruesome murder of a teenager, and the heartbreaking mystery of a newborn’s death.  All the while, the detective is struggling with his many personal demons from his childhood, the devastating loss of his wife and having faced his own mortality in the line of duty. It was hard not to fall for the good humored cop who had me laughing out loud at some of his banter, and who had a devotion to his partner any dog lover could relate to. The more I read, the harder it was to put the book down.  Burning Man captured my interest right from the prologue and I thoroughly look forward to reading more of Mr Russell’s work.  Perhaps this one opens itself up to a movie?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not purchase this book from Barnes and Noble but I have read this book and wanted to make a comment on how much I personally enjoyed this crime mystery novel. I won this book free from goodreads giveaway and I am so glad I did, this book has the classic feel to it yet its modern if this was a weekly tv series I would watch every week! I hope to read more of these mysteries from this author,would definitely recommend to family and friends.