"Heaven's Fire" may be what Pasquale Firenze, patriarch of the family-owned Firenze Fireworks, calls his painting of the night sky with light, color and sound, but television producer Wendy "Jake" Jacobus has more practical considerations than her featured showman's artistry. Or so she believes, until Pasquale is killed--live on-camera--by an explosion, and Jake is hurled into a tangled web triggered by her job, her legacy as a cancer survivor, and her growing attraction to Simon Aamot, the federal agent assigned to the investigation.
Aamot has problems as well, but when the two are forced together by the tragedy, the man unable to let go of his past and the woman afraid to trust her future must race to prevent another catastrophic explosion--this one at the county's Fourth of July celebration.
"Equal parts thriller, romance and family saga . . . a compelling and deeply human read."
Joan Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Texas Bride
"Rooted in the dangerously exotic world of a multi-generational fireworks company . . . spell-binding."
Jeremiah Healy, award-winning author of
The John Cuddy Private Investigator Mysteries
. . . was the first short story every written by Sandra Balzo, yet it was picked up by Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (March 2003) and won both the Robert L. Fish and Macavity awards for Best Short Story. Balzo's second story, Viscery, was also published in EQMM (December 2004) and went on to win the Derringer Award and a nomination for the Macavity.
Now those edgy stories by this award-winning author, best known for her regional mysteries, are available for the first time since their original publication, bundled with two original short stories, My Best Friend's Funeral and MIA.The Grass is Always Greener: Thou shalt love thy neighbor . . . or not