At nineteen, Hannah LeClaire already has a reputation in the village of Whitefish Harbor, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is given to solitary walks along the shore of Lake Superior, and on a cold April day she meets Martin Reed, who has just moved north from Chicago to renovate a dilapidated house he has inherited. Hannah immediately realizes that Martin, who is ten years her senior, is also an outcast and quite unlike anyone she has ever met.
A story of love, vengeance, and renewal, Fire Point depicts the young couple’s attempt to rebuild their lives. But when Hannah’s former boyfriend Sean Colby returns home after a mysterious early discharge from the army, he cannot accept the fact that she has a new lover and commits a series of increasingly violent acts against Hannah, Martin, and the house that has come to represent their future.
About the Author
John Smolens has published ten works of fiction, including Quarantine, The Schoolmaster’s Daughter, and Wolf’s Mouth. He lives in Marquette, Michigan.
“Fire Point put my teeth on edge from the first page and kept them there until I finished. Smolens is a fine writer with a profound knowledge of human behavior gone awry.“ —Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall
“Innocent lovers are subjected to an onslaught of jealousy and hostility on Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula in a sensitively observed, mesmerizing novel that builds in fury as inexorably and stunningly as a Lake Superior storm.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)