It is the fiery pinnacle of autumn in New York’s Hudson Valley when Lola, a troubled recluse, reports her newborn kidnapped from outside a seedy bar. But no one’s seen Lola with a baby, or even heard of him before now. Everyone assumes the boy is one of her delusions. Only Marko—a chivalrous, drug-dealing ex-con of Romani descent—is devoted to Lola. But even he questions her story, given her fragile sanity and reckless self-medication. With help from Mary, the owner of a local salvage business, Marko hunts for answers. From the Hudson Valley to New York City’s East Village, he follows a dark path to the truth, navigating doubt, vengeance, and love.
“Susan Rukeyser’s novel … is a righteous hybrid: domestic epic, thriller, millennial meditation. Get down with the very real characters, the original milieu. This book will hang you out to dry”. ~ James Ellroy, bestselling author of L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia
“Made with one part redemption, two parts deception, and a hell of a different hero, Not on Fire, Only Dying will haunt you into the night.” ~ Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The Fifth Assassin
Susan Rukeyser lives in the South but hails from New England and dreams of life in the Mojave. She was a Senior Book Buyer for the wholesaler Baker & Taylor before she left to devote herself to writing and mothering and caring for an assortment of rescued cats and dogs. For a while she owned a tiny used bookstore in New York’s Hudson Valley. It was there she found inspiration for what became Not On Fire, Only Dying, her debut novel.