Kurt Kamm

KURT KAMM

Malibu resident Kurt Kamm has used his contact with CalFire, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Fire Departments, and the ATF, as well as his experience in several devastating local wildfires, to write fact-based (“faction”) firefighter mystery  ...See more >


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"An assured, very memorable LA thriller, with an appealing hero readers will want to meet again."

Kirkus Reviews


AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

International Book Awards -Fiction:Cross Genre - FIRST PLACE, 2012: CODE BLOOD

National Indie Excellence Book Awards - Faction - Winner, 2012: CODE BLOOD


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

THRILLERS
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-0979855139
Page count: 233pp

A disturbing fictional trip to the dark underside of Los Angeles life.

When Los Angeles County Fire paramedic Colt Lewis’ ambulance pulls up at the scene of a single-vehicle accident at the outset of Kamm’s (Hazardous Material, 2013, .etc) latest novel, he’s shocked to find a local policeman haplessly trying to help a semiconscious young woman whose leg has been badly mangled—and whose right foot is missing. Even after Lewis and his partner stabilize and load the young woman in their van, the foot—presumably severed at the scene—is nowhere to be found. The combination of that strange fact and the girl’s vulnerability triggers Lewis’ heroic impulses and sets into motion the bizarre quest at the heart of this leanly and effectively told noir novel about the dark byways of LA. “Don’t get emotionally involved with your patients,” Lewis is told. “If you start asking ‘what if’ it never stops.” But Lewis can’t help himself. He obsesses about the injured young woman, daydreaming about what her life was like before the accident. Soon he begins using his days off to investigate the missing foot, and this leads him into worlds of illegal medical labs, black-market bazaars of body parts and an entire crime ring that operates in the shadows. Kamm fills these worlds with a big cast of sharply drawn, odd characters, some merely eccentric but many others evil and predatory (Kamm skillfully dramatizes the day-to-day life of LA paramedics; there’s an excellent police procedural running alongside the more exotic plotlines here). Lewis’ expanding search forces him to examine his own motives, and Kamm expertly ratchets up the narrative tension, peeling back multiple layers of twisted mysteries. A tense, atmospheric climax in the tunnels under a sprawling university will keep readers turning pages right to the very satisfying conclusion.

An assured, very memorable LA thriller, with an appealing hero readers will want to meet again.

A determined loner battles both California wildfires and memories of a difficult childhood.

All Greg Kowalski, a teenager from Saginaw, Mich., ever wanted was a sense of family. His volatile father, a Harley-driving firefighter, demeans Greg and his younger sister Vicky with verbal attacks and physically abuses their quiet, deferential mother. Throughout his adolescence, Greg dreams of escape but nurses a desire to connect with others. Upon graduating from high school, a captain at the fire station offers Greg a chance to enter a training program at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, an opportunity that Greg hopes will impress his father. A curt, heartless dismissal from his family leads to a cross-country bus ride and a strenuous apprenticeship learning the skills required for fighting fire in the brush. After the gig ends, Greg drives south to Malibu, daring to survive the notorious four-week training camp required to join a fire-suppression unit with the LA County Fire Department. Life in the academy is brutal, but it is here that Greg begins to discover the family he never had: fellow trainee Luis Zambrano, who dreams of a better life for his wife and newly born child; Hector Wells, a rootless Native American with years of service as a firefighter; and Capt. Tom Bratton, a gruff yet kindhearted superior who takes a liking to Greg, offering home-cooked meals and sage advice. An unpredictable wildfire in the middle of the dry season, raging over the hills north of Los Angeles, gives Greg plenty of firsthand experience but tests his resolve and dedication to the profession. Kamm, whose considerable research lends the novel a keen sense of verisimilitude, structures the narrative by unfolding two storylines at once: one tracking Greg’s budding career and the other exploring the gloomy events of his childhood. While the pedestrian prose detracts from the effectiveness of the story, Greg’s efforts to shake loose of his past make for a compelling, fast-paced read.

A turbulent, thoughtful story of putting out fires, both personal and professional.

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HAZARDOUS MATERIAL
Mystery

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL Bucky Dawson is a hazardous materials expert with Los Angeles County Fire Department Task Force 103. His station is in Lancaster, CA—a conflicted area in the California high desert populated with meth labs and outlaw motorcycle gangs, as well as Edwards AFB, NASA, and top-secret aerospace facilities. Bucky, divorced and lonely, is struggling with an increasing problem with painkiller addiction. One night, when Task Force 103 is called out to support a Sheriff's raid on a meth lab, Bucky watches as his estranged sister is killed in an explosion of the laboratory. Bucky's life descends into chaos. While he searches for answers to his sister's death, he is drawn into a violent conflict with the Vagos, an outlaw motorcycle gang, and left for dead in the Mojave Desert. He survives, only to be suspended from the fire department for using painkillers. When he assists the Sheriff’s Department in a drone search for a meth lab, he meets a brilliant but sinister aerospace engineer who lives in a 747 and holds the secret to his sister’s fate. The novel brings together the high tech world of aerospace with an outlaw motorcycle gang led by the Dwarf, their seven foot tall Sergeant at Arms. After Bucky unravels the sad story of his sister’s demise, and uncovers a surprising link between aerospace technology and drug manufacture, he is left to consider whether he can permanently shake his painkiller addiction. Winner of the 2012 Hackney Literary Contest for best novel. HAZARDOUS MATERIAL Bucky Dawson is a hazardous materials expert with Los Angeles County Fire Department Task Force 103. His station is in Lancaster, CA—a conflicted area in the California high desert populated with meth labs and outlaw motorcycle gangs, as well as Edwards AFB, NASA, and top-secret aerospace facilities. Bucky, divorced and lonely, is struggling with an increasing problem with painkiller addiction. One night, when Task Force 103 is called out to support a Sheriff's raid on a meth lab, Bucky watches as his estranged sister is killed in an explosion of the laboratory. Bucky's life descends into chaos. While he searches for answers to his sister's death, he is drawn into a violent conflict with the Vagos, an outlaw motorcycle gang, and left for dead in the Mojave Desert. He survives, only to be suspended from the fire department for using painkillers. When he assists the Sheriff’s Department in a drone search for a meth lab, he meets a brilliant but sinister aerospace engineer who lives in a 747 and holds the secret to his sister’s fate. The novel brings together the high tech world of aerospace with an outlaw motorcycle gang led by the Dwarf, their seven foot tall Sergeant at Arms. After Bucky unravels the sad story of his sister’s demise, and uncovers a surprising link between aerospace technology and drug manufacture, he is left to consider whether he can permanently shake his painkiller addiction. Winner of the 2012 Hackney Literary Contest for best novel.

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ISBN: ISBN: 0988888203
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RED FLAG WARNING
Serial Arson Mystery

Red Flag Warning – A Serial Arson Mystery Los Angeles County is burning. A serial arsonist is setting the parched hills on fire. Plunge into the inferno and face the smoke, heat and danger with the men on the fire lines. While NiteHeat prowls in the darkness, sets fires and taunts investigators, the fire department’s Arson Unit attempts to find the fire-setter and stop the devastation. Jim Kendall, an experienced arson investigator, is just back from a forced leave of absence after his daughter committed suicide. He returns to find a series of arson fires in Los Angeles County, each bigger than the last, and each started with a unique ignition device. While Kendall investigates several possible suspects, NiteHeat waits for red flag wind warnings, reads fire reports, and prepares the next blaze. Who is NiteHeat? Is it Ruffy, the 9-1-1 dispatcher who failed firefighter training? Is it Mikey, a dope addicted dropout who appears at every fire and steals firefighting equipment? Is it Father Dom, the phony priest who claims the fires are started by Satan? While Kendall struggles to stop the fires, he is hounded for information by a TV weather reporter, the daughter of a fire chief. The suspects fall away one by one and Kendall nearly loses his life in a fiery explosion before he identifies the arsonist. Did you ever wonder what goes through the mind of an arsonist who builds incendiary devices triggered by cooking timers from Williams Sonoma? Did you ever wonder how wildland arson investigators find the point of origin in a fire which consumes thousands of acres? Read Red Flag Warning.

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ISBN: ASIN: B00IU1KFOC
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