The Gulf Today - Panorama - - BOOKS - By Susan Or­lean by Mitch Albom by John Sand­ford by Patterson/born by Tana French by Jodi Pi­coult by Haruki Mu­rakami by Kyle Mills by Elin Hilder­brand by Kate Mor­ton by Deb­bie Ma­comber

On April 29, 1986, a fire at the Los An­ge­les Cen­tral Li­brary burned out of con­trol for seven hours. This was the big­gest fire in LA his­tory and the worst ever ex­pe­ri­enced by any Amer­i­can li­brary. Some 400,000 books were de­stroyed, and 700,000 more were dam­aged.

Al­most im­me­di­ately, ar­son was sus­pected. In­ves­ti­ga­tors even­tu­ally fin­gered a sole sus­pect. Harry Peak was a hand­some, young charmer who dreamed of a ca­reer in movies, de­spite zero act­ing ta­lent. In­stead, he drifted from one me­nial job to an­other while brag­ging of hang­ing out with the likes of Burt Reynolds. To his bud­dies in the sub­urbs, Harry boasted that he had set the fire, then re­canted, and even­tu­ally of­fered mul­ti­ple ver­sions of what he was do­ing that day. He was, Or­lean writes, “ea­ger to please, anx­ious to en­ter­tain, hun­gry to be no­ticed.” For Or­lean, the fire and its af­ter­math form the dra­matic cen­tre­piece for The Li­brary Book, which be­comes a lov­ing homage to li­braries ev­ery­where.


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