Free Fiction Monday: Blaming the Arsonist

UC Berkeley, January, 1969—In the midst of turbulent student protests on campus, a cherished building suddenly bursts into flames. Pammy Griffin, an alum who owns a women’s gym nearby, heads over to check out the fire and walks straight into a troubling mystery. Who wants Berkeley to burn? Hippies? Protesters? Or someone with an even darker motive?

But as Pammy investigates, she finds herself, and her gym, embroiled in a troubling turn of events. To catch the arsonist, she and members of her gym must confront some of society’s most brutal, and most hidden, violence using whatever weapons they can.

“Blaming the Arsonist,” by Edgar and Shamus award-nominated author Kris Nelscott, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook through various online retailers here. And if you want to read more about Pammy and A Gym of Her Own, check out Kris’ new novel, Protectors, which releases Tuesday, Oct. 17. Protectors will be available in ebook, trade paperback, hardcover, and limited edition hardcover. Find out more here.

Blaming the Arsonist

Kris Nelscott


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5 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: Blaming the Arsonist”

  1. I was going to buy The Protectors anyway, but this seals the deal. I often subconsciously think the ’60s must have been an innocent, fun time with lots of hippies and free love, but your Smokey/Pammy books remind me that, depending where you were in the social strata, they could be as dangerous as today. Maybe more so, because the power strata definitely wouldn’t have been in my favour. Thanks!

  2. Carolyn Hill says:

    Hooked! I’m going to buy Protectors!

  3. […] You might recognize Val from the Smokey Dalton novel Stone Cribs. And you might remember Eagle from the Fiction River: Hidden in Crime story “Combat Medic.” Plus, you can read more about Pammy in “Blaming the Arsonist,” which is available on Kris’s website this week as her free fiction offering. […]

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