Nancy Baker Jacobs. Flash Point (2002) 211 pp.
Publisher’s description: “Someone in the San Francisco Bay Area is using arson to murder new mothers in their homes, after apparently kidnapping their babies. California’s new arson czar, Susan Kim Delancey, takes on this baffling case and soon finds herself warring on several fronts. With the help of her skeletal staff, she must not only catch the elusive killer, she must also fight territorial local officials, the hostile news media, and Sacramento political foes who want her fired. But the biggest battle of all turns out to be the one that threatens Susan’s own life and that of her teenage son.”