By Alex Irvine; Bob Kane (Created by)

Del Rey Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345479457, 339pp.

Publication Date: October 31, 2006

Gotham's never been so scorching, the Joker's never been more despicable, and Batman's never been in such grave danger.
With more than thirty fires raging out of control across the city, Gotham is indeed a hell on earth. But torching the population is small potatoes for the arsonist extraordinaire known as Enfer. The pyromaniac's mad masterpiece is Arkham Asylum, blazing like a Roman candle and engineered to provide the perfect escape for Arkham's most infamous inmate, the Joker. But the dire situation goes from bad to beyond monstrous when the archvillain's path to freedom leads directly to the Dark Knight's cave.
The Joker believes in striking while the iron is hot . . . and now it's never been hotter. After all, the diabolical villain has devised the ultimate joke: launch the mother of all crime waves, masquerading as the Caped Crusader himself With Gotham erupting in flames and its #1 crime fighter fast becoming its #1 enemy, the burning question is: Who's going to get the last laugh?

About the Author
Alex Irvine has written numerous tie-ins to popular franchises including Pacific Rim, the Transformers novels (Transformers: Exodus and Transformers: Exiles) and the Iron Man tie-in, Virus. His debut novel won the Crawford Award for Best New Writer. In addition, he has also won awards from Locus Magazine and the International Horror Guild and was a finalist for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Bob and Trish Kane first developed an interest in covered bridges in 1991 while vacationing in Vermont. Bob enjoys studying their architecture and trusses, while Trish enjoys photographing and researching them. Together, they worked to get 9 of the 13 covered bridges in New York State that qualified listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Trish serves as the collections curator for the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Resource Center, with much assistance from Bob.