• The Fire Killer

  • DI Barton, Book 5
  • By: Ross Greenwood
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (385 ratings)

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The Fire Killer

By: Ross Greenwood
Narrated by: David Thorpe
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Publisher's Summary

The new thriller from bestselling author Ross Greenwood.

When DI Barton is asked to investigate a seemingly innocuous fire that kills, he believes it's either children fooling around or a worrying racially motivated crime.

As he delves deeper into the case, he soon realises that there is a history of similar blazes spread out over many years, all within a close area. An idea suggested by pathologist Mortis makes Barton suspect he has the arsonist’s motives wrong.

When a night worker comes forward with a tip, Barton narrows down the suspects. But with all of them acting suspiciously, he knows for sure that one or more of them must be lying. And when a huge house blaze shocks everyone, Barton fears the killer has lost all control.

Who is the Fire Killer? What will be next to burn?

DI Barton is back as Ross Greenwood continues with his bestselling series, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Ian Rankin.

©2022 Ross Greenwood (P)2022 Boldwood Books

Critic Reviews

"A masterclass in crime fiction." (Jane E James)

"Move over Rebus and Morse; a new entry has joined the list of great crime investigators in the form of Detective Inspector John Barton. A rich cast of characters and an explosive plot kept me turning the pages until the final dramatic twist." (Richard Burke)

"Ross Greenwood doesn’t write clichés. What he has written here is a fast-paced, action-filled puzzle with believable characters that's spiced with a lot of humour." (Kath Middleton)

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great twist

Unexpected twist at the end. Great seeing the main characters again. Can't wait for the next book in the series.

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amazing!

love love loved the ending!!!!! this series is soooo hard to stop! worth the credit!

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Best one yet!!!

I love this series. DI Barton is a perfect blend of hero and humor. Narration is fantastic and all of the characters are interesting. Absolutely can't wait for the next one.

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Over doing it

I love this series of books, but I felt like this last one was trying too hard to create something. It was a good twist as usual for the ending, but it felt more like repetition than anything. However I still hope for another story with DI Barton!

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4th book listened to. All great so far! Enjoy the characters and the dialog between them.

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Sins of our Family

Another great human story. I really enjoy this DI Barton series as they tell the human story behind what makes them they way they are. I had a laugh at the line about remembering people with dogs, we always remember the dogs names not the person. Again what a twist at the end, never saw that one coming. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Narration was fantastic

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Grabs your attention from beginning to end

I am buying the other books in the series now. I absolutely love this author and the Detective Inspector

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Ok

Not quite as good as the first 3 books in the series. (I loved the first three)

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cant wait for the next book

i enjoy the banter between barton and his family, reminds me of my own. i also enjoy the relationships and banter of the work crew. I can't wait for the next book to come out. i also enjoy the narration.

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Great book...even better narrator!

The Fire Killer is the most recently released book by Ross Greenwood, which now catches me up to all the books in the DI Barton series. I'm sad because I flew through listening to the 5 books and now I'm left hoping there will be more. Mr. Greenwood has done such a great job leaving the reader (or listener, in my case) guessing until the very end. What made this over-the-top for me was David Thorpe as narrator. There are so many books I've listened to that are killed by the person reading them...David Thorpe is NOT one of them. He is great with the changes in accents and tones, and I'm not even annoyed when he does women's voices. I wish every book I heard had a reader like Mr. Thorpe. So I don't take too much away from the author, I have enjoyed the DI Barton books enough that I'll be checking out some of Ross Greenwood's other works while waiting to see if there will be more Barton books added to the series.

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  • Lou Lou
  • 06-28-22

An Excellent Latest Installment

I absolutely love the DI Barton series, and this latest book was just as brilliant as the first 4, with a nicely building plot and more than one unexpected twist.

Superb narration by David Thorpe as always.

My only complaint is with Audible, not with Ross Greenwood or David Thorpe - why when you have already listened to all of the previous books in a series, does their algorithm never tell you when there's a new release? It happens all the time and I find it so frustrating. I would have listened to this immediately it came out if I'd known about it! 😡

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  • Elisabeth W.
  • 06-17-22

Just brilliant

Such a great narrator and of course the story was gripping. Cannot wait for the next instalment.

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  • MR G CLARKE
  • 06-19-22

outstanding

another brilliant book by Ross Greenwood they just get better and better highly recommended

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  • Rachel Molloy
  • 06-20-22

Gripping and clever

The DI Barton series is awesome. It shows the hard job of balancing family life with being a part of serious crimes in the police force. I was waiting for the release of this book with excitement, and it didn't disappoint. Ross Greenwood brilliantly puts across the pain and frustration of being destined to follow a certain path, and how hard it can be to genuinely want to change. David Thorpe's narrative skills are top knot. A brilliant book.

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  • katie cullen
  • 06-06-22

cant wait for the next

another fantastic book, great story line it was so detailed. the character are just amazing

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  • Kate C
  • 06-04-22

Exceptional as always!

I hate to apply the pressure to Ross Greenwood but this just leaves me wanting more! Having listened to the first two through the plus catalogue - I was hooked into buying the rest of the series. Well thought out plot, rounded characters, well paced and always well performed by David Thorpe! An excellent listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-22

Boring

I did not like the way he wrote this novel. He introduced each short chapter with which character the chapter was about and I just didn’t like it. I suppose you did at least know who he was talking about. I found it to be a surprise that the Fire Killer was a women and then to realise it was Lynette and then another surprise that it was her mother. Quite depressing that they all ended up dead!!
I gave it 2 stars over all because I was surprised at the outcome.

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  • Preston
  • 10-10-22

Another good book, but…

I have enjoyed all the D I Barton books to date and this was no exception. The Story lines are always good and the reader does a really excellent job. My only reservation was that this story seemed to wander a bit toward the end and it started to feel (to me) like finding a good ending had proved a challenge. Having said that I will eagerly move on to Ross Greenwoods next DI Barton book. I also agree with another reader that these books cry out to be televised.

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  • cliffaw
  • 10-07-22

Fails Miserably

Having set a very high standard with the previous novels in this series, I suppose it was inevitable that the author would seemingly run out of ideas sooner or later.
More than anything it is the incompetence of the Serious Crimes team that is the biggest failing, being presented with a number of facts early in the investigation and choosing to ignore them. Xander seems to have been reduced to being unable to do any thinking outside his trousers, either to talk out of his backside or chase after his genitals. He repeatedly makes suggestions that would be impossible based on the evidence. I won't be using any more credits on titles by this author.

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  • Lee
  • 10-03-22

The Fire Killer

I didn’t find this novel as good as the others in the series. It didn’t hold my interest as well as the others and I found the suspects wishy washy and I didn’t like any of them. Any how I’m going on to the next in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-22

Wow

What a excellent story from start to finish . really intense with plenty going on Just loved it. Excellent narration well worth a listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-23-22

What a puzzler

I have now read 4 of Ross Greenwood’s books, I love them, you think you’ve got it and then there’s always a direction that you never even thought of, it’s always a surprise at the end
I also like hearing from both sides of the story it gives you a great background into the characters, and how they ended up where they are now, by doing this it sets Ross Greenwood apart from the litany of authors and I’m loving it