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In order to create that behavior in Fireworks you might have to separate it into multiple pages. Slices on the same page cannot overlap very easily (there are some tricks, but I'm not sure they would work for you in this case.)
So basically, on Page 1 you would have the 3x3, each would contain a hotspot. Then you'd create 9 focus pages, and each hotpot on page 1 would link to those 9 other pages.
I didn't really want to have to create that many pages as I thought there could be some way of doing it with layers, frames etc in fireworks. Also, I've looked at Lightbox before and it's okay but doesn't look very integrated with your design - it's basically like having a pop-up window but without the pop-up window.
Well, I thought lightbox was pretty well integrated, it keeps you from having to change pages at least. But maybe I don't fully understand what you are trying to do -- can I see the mockups?
Back to Fireworks, I don't think there is a way to "reveal a layer" without having to write some HTML/JS by hand. Fireworks isn't really supposed to be a HTML production application, it's HTML is more designed for quick throw-away prototypes so clients can get a feel for how the site will work before you actually build it in Dreamweaver or by hand.
I've added a quick mock up here: http://www.alangreen.co.uk/dev/thumbs/ If you click on the image that says STOP you will see what I'm trying to do but without the use of creating extra pages (like in this example). You can then click on the large image to take you back to the series of thumbnails.
Well unfortunately I don't think I have better answer than:
1) If you want to do it in Fireworks, you'll have to use multiple pages.