The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of hisÂ mind. It is also the story of fire in Australia, and of a community that owed itsÂ existence to that very element. The command of fire has defined and sustained us as aÂ species – understanding its abuse will define our future.Â
A powerful real-life thriller written with Hooper’s trademark lyric detail and nuance, TheÂ Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.
Praise forÂ other titles by Chloe Hooper
‘Life springs from every page of this enthralling book.’ – Helen Garner
‘A gripping, heart-stopping piece of true-crime reportage . . . Deserves the widestÂ possible audience.’ – Sunday Times
‘It is impossible to overestimate the importance of this book.’ – Peter CareyÂ
‘A sad, beautiful, frightening account of one man’s pointless death . . . Every characterÂ is explored for their contradictions, every situation observed for its nuances, everyÂ easy judgement suspended . . . Hooper finds the common humanity in the accused andÂ the accuser, the police officer and the street drinker, the living and the dead.’ – MarkÂ Dapin, Good Weekend, Sydney Morning Herald