The Crime Writers' Association

Debut Dagger 2017

Sherry Rankin
Strange Fire

Sherry Rankin lives in Abilene, Texas, where she has taught writing and literature at a local university for twenty years. She has written scholarly articles and worked as an editing consultant and ghostwriter, but her novel Strange Fire is her first venture into novel-length fiction.


In the turbulent borderlands of South Texas, campus security guard Abel Morales grows suspicious when a university student mysteriously dies. He finds a slip of paper in the dead boy’s room bearing the handwritten words “Strange Fire,” a clue that starts him on a dangerous path to uncover a complex and unspeakably monstrous crime.