In 'The Blaze’ by Chad Dundas, a man with no memory falls into a murder mystery

'The Blaze'

‘The Blaze’ by Chad Dundas, Putnam, 2020, 374 pages, $26


From its opening pages, “The Blaze” is filled with all the characteristics expected of murder mystery set in a small town. 

While he is serving in the Iraq War in eastern Baghdad, Matthew Rose receives a head injury as the result of an explosion. That trauma, plus the trauma of the recent loss of a member of his fire team, has caused Matthew to lose most of his memory.