Moon Over Seaville

Episode 1: From The Other Side Of The Moon

Arson is a very difficult crime to track because it is done in secret, there are usually no witnesses, and the evidence has almost always been burned up. Approximately 15 % of arson cases are committed by a serial arsonist. During a recent October, just north of Los Angeles, The City of Seaville, California has been experiencing the work of a serial arsonist, eight wildfires in a month.

Increasingly frustrated over the lack of forensic evidence that would provide any leads, Fire Chief, Richard Bradford, turns to psychoanalyst, Dr. Roger Sterling, who suggests a rather revolutionary idea, that a serial arsonist could also be tracked through the dynamics of the mind.

Moon Over Seaville

Episode 1: From The Other Side Of The Moon

Arson is a very difficult crime to track because it is done in secret, there are usually no witnesses, and the evidence has almost always been burned up. Approximately 15 % of arson cases are committed by a serial arsonist. During a recent October, just north of Los Angeles, The City of Seaville, California has been experiencing the work of a serial arsonist, eight wildfires in a month.

Increasingly frustrated over the lack of forensic evidence that would provide any leads, Fire Chief, Richard Bradford, turns to psychoanalyst, Dr. Roger Sterling, who suggests a rather revolutionary idea, that a serial arsonist could also be tracked through the dynamics of the mind.

About the Author

As I am writing these lines, August 30th, 2009, there are six wildfires burning in Southern California. The one burning nearest to my home in the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles, tripled in size overnight, and has already burned 20,000 acres in the Pasadena area with only 5% containment. In the past, wildfire season in California was considered that period from October to February every year when the Santa Ana Winds were blowing.

Now, the US Forest Service has declared that the wildfire season in California is a year round event. High temperatures (above 100 degrees), low humidity, and dry brush are driving these current wildfires that have rapidly burned out of control, and are extremely difficult to contain. Several years ago when I began to make inquiries into the cause of these wildfires, I discovered that at least 50% of them are probably caused by arson

Dr. Leighton Reynolds

Readers reaction

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  • The characters in the novel are people in every day life. So interesting with the connection of current behavior / actions to ones’ past history.

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