Malibu resident and novelist 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.
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