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Interview: Joel Burcat, Author of “Strange Fire”

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If you’re a longtime listener of the show, you might remember meeting author Joel Burcat last year when I talked to him about his novel Amid Rage. Always the prolific writer, Joel is back to talk about his new book that was published on February 2nd: Strange Fire.

Set in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, Strange Fire follows Mike Jacobs—the same lawyer from Joel’s previous two books—as he fights off a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). While Joel’s last book, Amid Rage, took a closer look at the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Strange Fire shifts the focus to fracking for natural gas. If you’re a fan of environmental legal thrillers, this one’s for you!

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  1. “Strange Fire” by Joel Burcat
  2. About the creator
  3. Recommended reading

“Strange Fire” by Joel Burcat

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The official book cover for Strange Fire by Joel Burcat.

About the creator

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A photo of Joel Burcat standing in front of a tree, holding his novel Amid Rage.
Image credit: joelburcat.com

Joel Burcat is an author and environmental lawyer. He has written three award-winning environmental legal thrillers: Drink to Every Beast (2019), about illegal dumping of toxic waste; Amid Rage (2021) about coal strip mining; and Strange Fire (2022) about fracking for natural gas. All have been published by Headline Books. He has won awards from Next Gen Indie Book Awards (finalist, thriller category), PennWriters and others. He has written dozens of short stories (from the best beer he ever had, to horror, to murder for hire) and nine have been published. His short stories have also won awards.

Burcat lives in Harrisburg, PA with his wife, Gail. They have two grown daughters, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.

Source: Goodreads

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