Willdorf’s previous novel, Flight of the Sorceress, took the reader back into Roman times. It was a page-turner of an historic novel. Burning Questions is another historic novel, but one within the memory of many of its readers. Willdorf knows the world of the ‘60’s and the setting of Gloucester, MA. It is a time when a young, inexperienced legal intern can spend his time surfing and drinking rather than working on his upward mobility. When the local big-shot firm asks him to investigate the supposed suicide of a wealthy young man on behalf of the disbelieving mother, Nate Lewis, sees some easy money, but, in reality may be set up for failure. Nate’s foray into the world of the rich is balanced by meeting the dead man’s girlfriend, Christina who is beautiful, Portuguese and poor. Christina and the boyfriend discovered a plan to burn down the town’s old hotels to be replaced by new real estate developments. Now, Kenny, the boyfriend, is dead and Christina and Nate are in the sights of the arsonist and the local police. Caught between the wealthy and powerful of the town and the arsonist, the two find themselves in a flight for their lives on a cross-country trip in an aging Plymouth Valiant following the sun to California. Book 2 of the adventures of Nate and Christina, A Shot in the Arm, comes out this year, and I want to know what happens when they reach the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco in the ‘70’s.
Wendy Foster Leigh