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Late Rain [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Kostoff
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Corrine Tedros is a Lady Macbeth wannabe who sets in motion the murder of her uncle-in-law (a soft-drink mogul), and things go awry when the murder is witnessed by a senior citizen in the late stages of Alzheimers. Things are complicated by the fact that the daughter of the man with Alzheimers is involved with a former homicide detective who has resigned and moved South in an attempt to reshape and simplify his life; on his own, Decovic starts to make connections in the case that cause Corrine Tedros to up the ante in keeping herself out of the murder investigation.

A book about desire and need and the fear that drives how far the characters are willing to go to find what they want.

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Corrine Tedros decides her elderly uncle-in-law, Stanley, is standing in her way when he refuses to sell his successful South Carolina company to the highest bidder; working through a shady lawyer, she hires a killer to take care of the problem. Jack Carson, a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, witnesses the murder but can’t describe the killer. Meanwhile, Ben Decovic, formerly a homicide detective in Ryland, Ohio, is now a patrolman for the Magnolia Beach Police Department in South Carolina, where he is attempting to recover from a personal tragedy. Although Corrine has made sure she has an alibi, Decovic is suspicious of her reactions and delves into her past, which she has gone to great lengths to conceal. Then Decovic becomes romantically involved with Jack’s daughter, Anne, and events begin to spiral out of control. Kostoff, author of the well-received The Long Fall (2003), returns to crime fiction with a promising series debut starring a principled cop who is beginning to heal himself. --Sue OBrien

About the Author

Lynn Kostoff is a professor of English at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. He has also taught at the University of Alabama, Indiana State University, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he received his MFA in fiction. He is the author of two crime novels, A Choice of Nightmares and The Long Fall.

Product Details

  • File Size: 449 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005307M30
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful work that transcends genre August 22, 2010
It is difficult to write this review without relying on what seems to be hyperbole, but in Late Rain Lynn Kostoff has created a superlative novel that succeeds on every level. It is a compelling crime story. It depicts and develops characters who leap off the page. Its language is rich and poetic. And it is a moving story about a variety of characters caught in their own individuals prisons (for lack of a better word). Whether it is the central character Ben Decovic, a cop tormented by memories of his dead wife; or Corrine Tedros, a scheming woman for whom the reader will develop a surprising compassion; or Jack Carson, whose Alzheimer's has trapped him in a landscape where words and memories either don't come or don't accurately mesh; or even the bizarre hitman Croy Wendall, who comes across as almost infantile in terms of his corrupted and inner life--these characters, and many more, are vivid creations, unlike others you might have encountered in other "crime novels." In fact, to call this a crime novel is a disservice. It is a marvelously written, evocative, engaging literary novel that taps a series of crimes as a means of conveying a powerful and mesmerizing story. The final pages are still haunting me. Kostoff has written well before, but he far surpasses his earlier novels with this one, which I place not only in the galaxy of Lehane's Mystic River or Bruen's The Guards but among the best works of Daniel Woodrell, Cormac McCarthy, and Robert Stone, just to name three. This is a novel to buy and to read now; you will not regret it.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It had potential but never quite made it February 27, 2011
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As an avid reader I am often put into the position of being forced out of my comfortable box of writers I love like Greg Iles, Karen Slaughter, etc,etc because of the pacing of their writing vs. the speed of my reading so I go in search of books that seem promising and I came across this one. The characters were nicely drawn and developed with well fleshed out stories that developed naturally. Corrine, Buddy's conniving wife simply want she feels she has always deserved, which is everything, and Uncle Stanley lives his life a different way. The story itself could have been good but it always felt like it was trying to overreach and go somewhere that it never quite made it to with it's elements of noir.I really did want to like it because each character, spineless Buddy, stubborn Uncle Stanley, Corrine and Ben are all so well drawn that it's a shame that there is no resolution and this novel just left me as the reader wanting.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Gorgeously written, quietly controlled, coolly brooding and as sneaky as a sucker punch with its surprises, "Late Rain" is quite possibly my favorite crime novel published in 2010. And I've read 40 to 50 new releases in 2010.

In a year clogged by self-conscious genre stylists screaming and steaming overheated prose from every paragraph, Lynn Kostoff's third novel is a soft breeze on a warm beach, quite possibly in the slightly seedy South Carolina resort town that offers a backdrop to this drawling tale of greed, murder, manipulation and redemption. The crimes aren't original, but many of the characters are, thanks to sketches of surprising depth seamlessly supplied side-by-side with the action.

There's a beautiful woman who's used to making a living any way she can with her looks, who thinks she's more streetwise than she probably is. There's the contract criminal, an Asperger-ish assassin who doesn't "sex" and deals with stress by concocting convoluted rhymes in his head. There's the patrol cop, a former detective on another force, who constantly gets into political hot water by playing detective on the job.

And my favorite character of all is the cheerfully amoral lawyer of the kind one suspects can be found in any town -- an information broker who makes clear that you're expendable even as he's taking your money, and who you know probably won't wind up being any good for you, and who you can't help getting in bed with anyway because you can't think of any other way to go. Raychard Balen is the kind of sharp-eyed sociopath who soothes and unsettles you with every single syllable he speaks.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You need to get out more. August 9, 2011
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Disjointed, full of cliches. Went a little more than halfway and decided I was not going to torture myself anymore. Sometimes there may be a reason why a book is free.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third book is a charm January 1, 2011
I enjoyed this book immensely and found it hard to put down. The characters are truly memorable and the story was engaging. I have read Mr. Kostoff's previous books and while they were good, they pale in comparison to the greatness found between the covers of this book. It may have taken the author years to publish this third book, but it seems he spent the time crafting a book that is bound to be mentioned in most Best of 2010 lists. I hope he is working on a new novel, as I for one, will certainly be looking forward to it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusually "true" fiction August 13, 2011
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Late Rain is different from your typical mystery/thriller. Instead of one or two well-developed characters and a number of generic ones, the author gives us a cast of several individuals who are diverse and well-drawn. Each has plausible inner dialogs, unique character traits, and motives that (in most cases) make overall sense. In this book, the reader is kept informed of the actions of the police, the criminals, and others whose lives are involved. The investigation is a believable mix of blind alleys, hunches, lucky breaks, and dogged pursuit. The mystery here is what the future will bring and whether or not justice will be served.

The writing style is very polished and a little cool. There is drama, and there are tense times with life-and-death consequences. But, the reader is not confronted with and horrified by gross details. Sometimes it's good (I think) to read a book that you can appreciate from a little distance.

The ending was disappointing in the way that life can be. There are some things that are resolved satisfactorily, others that are ended but not happily, and still others that have outcomes far short of your hopes.

I enjoyed reading the book. If you like a good, well-told story involving realistic people, actions, and events, I'd bet you will like it, too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
interesting novel
Published 27 days ago by Praveen
3.0 out of 5 stars just okay
just okay
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Professional crime fiction
Kostoff expertly handles a multi-POV story with well-developed characters and a sense of place, all while propelling the story and its sub-plots with perfect pacing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dana King
3.0 out of 5 stars unique take of the story line
Kept me interested till the end. Perhaps too much detail though. I prefer to to have a picture painted, not all the details drawn. I liked the way the events were scripted.
Published 9 months ago by kleckjd
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable
Finely crafted story with well drawn characters, each extraordinarily different and fully fleshed. Dialog matched the speaker. Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by Tumblewords
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Poor Ending
This certainly was a well-written book, until the ending, if you can call it an ending.

The character development was wonderful. Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by Bookworm
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the ending?
This is one of the hardest books I have ever had to finish. I kept hoping it would get better but it just finished. Not sure what happened and how everyone ended up.
Published on May 11, 2012 by bla
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Tied Up in a Bow
So it seems the biggest complaints about this book were 1. The author gave us a protagonist we could care about and then didn't give us a neat, happy ending. And 2. Read more
Published on April 14, 2012 by D.G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Moody and effective
I was drawn to this novel because I thought the premise with how the crime was witnessed was remarkably clever. I found the work overall solid and satisfying. Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by Mets6986
2.0 out of 5 stars HUH?
I kept waiting for the threads to come together and they didn't. Afterwards I wondered what happened to some of the charachers. Read more
Published on November 12, 2011 by avid reader
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