Bio: Stewart Sterling (pseudonym for Prentice Winchell) is a mystery writer that specializes in detectives with unique professions. His most famous character is Fire Marshall Ben Pedley, who fights both crime and flame in such novels as in Nightmare at Noon and The Hinges of Hell. Under the name Spencer Dean, Winchell also created Don Cadee, a department store security officer. And Stewart?s other famous series character, Gil Vine ? an in-house detective for the Plaza Royale Hotel in New York City ? who made his novel debut in 1947?s Dead Wrong.
A FIRE MARSHAL PEDLEY MYSTERY A murderous arsonist leaves a trail of horrible death and destruction in his wake, and a series of difficult cases for fearless and resourceful Fire Marshal Pedley to solve. Pedley fights desperately through a maze of clues, and a group of evasive suspects which includes everything from slick night-club operators to a cagey lady numerologist, to ferret out an arsonist-murderer far more deadly and difficult to trace than any ordinary killer.
Expect the unexpected? A hotel fire. A murdered million dollar heiress. A missing priceless sapphire. A pyromaniac newly-wed-husband-turned-widower. All the elements and the accompanying evidence point to an open-and-shut-case, but for some reason, seasoned Chief Fire Marshall Ben Pedley doesn't think so. His investigation brings him in circles, but in the end he realizes the first place to go to is always the last place anyone ever looks!