Literary Award Winning Author Kurt Kamm
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From the Sylmar water tunnel disaster of 1971–an actual event– to a fictional, modern-day terrorist attack on Southern California’s water supply. Kurt Kamm has added to his list of award winning novels with Tunnel Visions. As California faces its driest year on record, he has written a taut, fact-based thriller about a threat to the Southern California water supply and a 40 year old mystery. READ AN EXCERPT FROM TUNNEL VISIONS
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Engines 129, 329 and HazMat Squad 129 . . .
When the tones sounded, Bucky Carter lay in the shadows between sleep and wakefulness in his bunk at Station 129. His brain echoed the sadness of the recurring dream about searching for his father, a contract firefighter killed by a land mine in the burning oilfields of Kuwait. When he opened his eyes, Bucky saw the flashing orange light in the hall indicating a HazMat incident. He checked his watch. It was 1:45 a.m. A HazMat call at 1:45 in the morning? It had to be a meth lab.
The disembodied voice from dispatch continued to echo over the speaker: . . . respond to Lancaster Narcotics call. Meet sheriff’s escort at La Tijera Road exit off Highway 14…
CODE BLOOD takes the reader into the connected lives of a fire paramedic, a Chinese research student with the rarest blood in the world and the killer who stalks her. Emergency medicine, the science of stem cell research and the shadow world of body parts dealers provide the background for this unusual and exciting LA noir mystery.
A young Los Angeles County Fire paramedic responds to a fatal accident. A woman’s foot has been severed. Who is she, and what happened to her foot?
Los Angeles County is burning. A serial arsonist is setting the parched hills on fire. Plunge into infernos and face the smoke, heat and danger with the men on the fire lines. While NiteHeat prowls in the darkness, setting fires and taunting investigators, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Arson Unit struggles to find the fire-setter and stop the devastation.
Greg moves on to the brutal LACoFD helitack training academy at Camp 8 where he graduates and begins work. He suffers traumatic stress after his crew is trapped on a mountainside in an explosive wildfire and his captain and mentor dies in a burnover. The night before this incident, Greg’s father is killed in a fire in Saginaw.
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About Kurt KammMalibu resident Kurt Kamm has used his contact with CalFire, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Fire Departments, and the ATF, as well as his experience in several devastating local wildfires, to write fact-based (“faction”) firefighter mystery novels. Kurt has attended classes at El Camino Fire Academy and trained in wildland firefighting, arson investigation and hazardous materials response. He is also a graduate of the ATF Citizen’s Academy. Recently he rode with Los Angeles County Fire Department’s famed Urban Search & Rescue Task Force while completing work on Tunnel Visions, a USAR mystery in which terrorists threaten the Southern California water supply.
Kurt has built an avid fan base among first responders and other readers. Each of his firefighter mysteries features a firefighter skilled in a particular discipline (wildland, arson investigation, paramedic, hazardous material response, and search and rescue). His first novel, One Foot in the Black (2008) has become a favorite of the men on the fire lines. Subsequent novels, Red Flag Warning: A Serial Arson Mystery (2010) and Code Blood (2012) have won numerous fiction awards. Hazardous Material, released in 2013, received the Hackney Award for best novel of the year.
In 2006, one of the infamous Malibu wildland fires, the 60 mile-per-hour Santa Ana wind-driven Canyon Fire, burned to Kurt’s front door and destroyed the homes of several neighbors. Kurt said the lessons he learned from the County Fire Department while writing his first book helped him save his home.
A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School, Kurt was previously a financial executive and semi-professional bicycle racer. He was also Chairman of the UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation for several years and is a supporter of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.