American Fire is the story of two damaged people–Charlie, a felon and former drug user and Tonya, a single mother–who meet, fall in love, and, for complicated reasons, set fires in abandoned buildings along the eastern Virginia coast. Their story is presented as emblematic of the fall of the Eastern Shore, once a prosperous commercial hub and tourist attraction, now a down on its heels rural area of vacant lots and bars. Told also are the stories of the dedicated volunteer firefighters who put out the conflagrations night after night, and the police who solved the crime. This true-crime tale is slight, but well-told and moving. True crime readers will love this one. Find it in our catalog here.