Even before she can get through the front door of her house, Mim is kidnapped at gunpoint, forced into a truck and told to strip, then driven around for a while before being dumped back where she started, bewildered but unmolested. Shortly thereafter, nude photos of her turn up on the Internet, and her drug-dealing brother, Mikel--whom Mim fears helped make this pornography possible--is shot to death. The musician is quick to blame Mikel's murder on their father, Tommy, who's just won release after spending 15 years in prison for killing Mim's mom; yet she concedes that such premeditated violence is probably beyond him. "He wasn't a planner," Mim says of the hated Tommy. "He was like me; life happened to us, we didn't do things to life." But then, who else would want to hasten the destruction this woman has already been bringing on herself? To find out, the petite and pissed-off Mim will have to elude police, confront a blackmailer in Portland's "shanghai tunnels," and stay sober long enough to stay alive.
Rucka brings the same cinematic storytelling, sharp plot twists, and quirky characterizations to A Fistful of Rain that have won his Atticus Kodiak novels praise. His portrayal of Mim Bracca is thoughtfully nuanced, her credibility as a heroine drawn from her weaknesses, rather than cobbled together from unexpected strengths. Too bad he wasn't as conscientious with other players here, such as Tailhook diva Vanessa Parada, who's given barely enough dimension to anchor her competitive claws; or Detective Tracy Hoffman, whose lesbian attraction to Mim is more the product of male fantasy than a significant addition to this yarn. Although readers can solve many of Rucka's puzzles before Mim does, the fraught relationship between this guitarist and her dad, as well as a turnaround ending, prevent A Fistful of Rain from ever seeming dry. --J. Kingston Pierce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
And you *never* think to get protection for yourself, so bad things just keep happening to you.
I had to skim back through the book until I found the one or two pages where this person was briefly mentioned, and even then the plot still made no sense.
While I much prefer the Kodiak series for their intense reads, this stand alone novel works on many of the same levels.
Mim Bracca, lead guitarist for the band Tailhook, was kicked off the tour because of her drinking problem. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Laurel Whitehead
Greg Rucka writes a good, gritty, hangover of a story. The kind that stays with you months after you've read the book.Published on January 28, 2012 by werewolf
Guitarist Mim Bracca is unceremoniously sent back to her hometown of Portland, OR by the rest of her band to dry out after her drinking has jeopardized their break-out tour. Read morePublished on April 11, 2010 by Elizabeth Ray
Miriam "Mim" Bracca is a rock and roll star. Unfortunately, she's fallen into one of the big traps of that life-style: she drinks too much. She probably has reason to. Read morePublished on December 17, 2006 by Ian Fowler
I've read several of Greg Rucka's other books and found them enjoyable, so I was amazed at how terribly bad A Fistful of Rain was. Read morePublished on January 17, 2006 by Author Ty
After enjoying a lot of success with his Atticus Kodiak series, a series that has made me a true fan, Greg Rucka has followed it up with this stand-alone story. Read morePublished on March 3, 2004 by Untouchable
Mim Bracca, member of a famous rock and roll band and damages soul, returns home after alcohol takes over her life. Read morePublished on February 27, 2004 by Larry
Mim Bracca is the focal point of this very enjoyable novel, the latest from Greg Rucka. Breaking away, hopefully just temporarily from his Kodiak series, Greg Rucka has created... Read morePublished on December 8, 2003 by Kevin Tipple
Cheers to an author who can change the usual characters and get a new voice. Rucka is a talent. Doesn't always score high, but keeps things interesting. Read morePublished on October 25, 2003 by John Bowes