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Former Markham fire chief publishes first novel

June 27, 2023 
By FFIC Staff


Photo supplied by Donald McClean

June 27, 2023, New York City, N.Y – Former Markham, Ont. fire chief Donald McClean has published his first book.

In his debut novel Where there’s Smoke, a group of FDNY firefighters plan a heist to bring karmic payback to a New York City slumlord. Firefighter Pete Carson decides to step outside the familiar role of hero for a chance to get payback against a man he holds responsible for several fire deaths in Manhattan.

Donald McClean grew up in Canada where he served as a firefighter for many years. He spent six years as the fire chief in Markham. He currently lives in Manhattan with his family.

The book is available at online book retailers or, by request, from local bookstores.


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