Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Guest Author: Kurt Kamm

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL  - The Fourth Firefighter Mystery Novel 
by Kurt Kamm

Bucky Dawson is a HazMat Specialist with Los Angeles County Fire Department HazMat Task Force 103. His station is in Lancaster, CA—an area populated with meth labs and outlaw motorcycle gangs, as well as some of the smartest people in the world at Edwards AFB, NASA, and  at top-secret aerospace facilities.

Bucky—divorced and lonely—struggles with a painkiller addiction. One night Task Force 103 is toned out to support a Sheriff's raid on a meth lab in the Mojave. On scene, Bucky thinks he sees his sister at the door of a double- wide trailer just before it explodes.

Bucky's life is in chaos and he is unable to kick his Percocet habit, which threatens his career with the fire department.

While he searches for answers to his sister's death, he is drawn into a mystery which involves the Vagos, an outlaw motorcycle gang; the death of several endangered desert tortoises; and Dubkova, a top-level aerospace and drone engineer, who lives in a converted 747 in the desert. 

Bucky soon discovers that the fate of his sister, the source of the meth being sold in the area, and the death of the desert turtles are all related. 

A confrontation with the Vagos leaves Bucky severely injured. A confrontation with Dubkova, leaves Bucky mentally shaken.

The novel twists and turns, bringing together firefighters; Dubkova the sinister aerospace engineer; the Vagos—led by the Dwarf, their seven foot tall Sergeant at Arms; and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The rarified world of high-tech aerospace and the brutal world of low-tech meth manufacture and motorcycle gangs are not far apart.

There is a surprise ending you will not anticipate but you will certainly enjoy.

Hazardous Material won the 2012 Hackney Literary Award for best (unpublished) novel, and was a finalist in the 2012 Dana Awards

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL  - The Fourth Firefighter Mystery Novel 

Author: Kurt Kamm
Mass Market Paperback and Kindle Edition - 222 pages
Publisher: MCM Publishing May 1, 2013
Amazon Link

About the Author

Malibu resident Kurt Kamm has used his contact with CalFire, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department and the ATF, as well as his experience in several devastating local wildfires, to write fact-based firefighter mystery novels.

Kurt Kamm has built an avid fan base among first responders. Each of his firefighter mysteries features a firefighter in a particular expertise (wildland, arson investigation, paramedic, hazardous material response, and search and rescue).  His first novel, One Foot in the Black (2008) has become a favorite of firefighters.  Subsequent novels, Red Flag Warning: A Serial Arson Mystery (Aberdeen Bay, 2010) and Code Blood (MCM Publishing, 2012) have won numerous fiction awards. 

Visit Kurt Kamm's  first responder/author website  www.kurtkamm.com  to see some stunning fire pictures and for free chapter downloads and information about all his novels.


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