Author Talk with Chad Dundas

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 6:00pm

We are fired up to welcome Montana author Chad Dundas back to share his newest book The Blaze, in which one man knows the connection between two extraordinary acts of arson, fifteen years apart, in his Montana hometown--if only he could remember it.

More About The Blaze

At the heart of this engrossing novel is Matthew Rose, a former soldier injured by an explosion in Iraq that left him with a traumatic brain injury and wiped clean most of his memories. Even family members feel like strangers to him. Pieces of his own life—pictures from his childhood and stories he hears about himself—seem foreign, as if they happened to someone else. But before he can even attempt to rebuild the countless moments of the past he has lost, Matthew will have to face a deadly mystery and use his knowledge—whatever he can cull from his brain—to stop a killer from striking again.

The novel begins with Matthew learning that his father, whom he doesn’t even remember anymore, has killed himself. And so, he has to return to his hometown of Missoula to settle the estate—and hopefully to finally tackle the ghosts of his past that continue to haunt him. While there, Matthew witnesses a massive house fire that leaves a young woman dead and turns out to be a deliberate act of arson. At the same time, there’s a break-in at his father’s house, and it’s clear that someone was looking for something specific—but what? Strangely, both events are connected, and the reason is one that the culprit will kill for again. In the midst of these enigmas, Matthew rekindles a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Georgie, who is now a local reporter, and in the process draws her further into this dangerous mystery. The more they probe into these unanswered questions, the more their lives are thrown into danger…possibly at the hands of someone they both know and trust.

More Chad Dundas

Chad Dundas earned his MFA from the University of Montana, and his short fiction has appeared in the Beloit Fiction Journal, Sycamore Review, Sou'Wester, and Thuglit. Since 2001, he's worked as a sportswriter for national outlets including ESPN, NBC Sports, Sporting News, Bleacher Report, and the Associated Press. As a fourth-generation Montanan, Dundas’s setting of Missoula comes to vivid life with descriptions of the area that he knows so well – the Missoulian noted that in Champion of the World, “Dundas does well to honor the beauty of [Montana].” 


Event Guidelines

This event is free and open to the public. Most of our events are held upstairs, but we do not have an elevator. Please contact us with any accessibility concerns. To join the signing line and have books signed by the author at this event, please consider purchasing your copy of The Blaze from Country Bookshelf, either in-store, over the phone, or online. By purchasing your book from Country Bookshelf, you are not only supporting a locally owned, independent business, but you are also showing publishers that they should continue sending authors to Country Bookshelf. The author's previous titles will be available for purchase at the event as supplies last. 

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ISBN: 9780399176098
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 21st, 2020

Event address: 
Country Bookshelf
28 West Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715