The book begins at a masquerade party, where a prominent geneticist and his wife are assassinated by a mysterious assailant for reasons unknown. Our hero and protagonist, Jack Saxton, is framed for the killing, and the mile-a-minute tale that follows features an art heist, a romance, a gladiatorial tournament (think The Hunger Games recast as famous historical battles), and a relentless parade of canny plot twists that culminates in a truly grand finale that turns the whole story on its head.
Fans of genre novels from science fiction to political suspense and police procedurals—author Matthew Delaney is a decorated member of the NYPD and writes the law-enforcement perspective really well—will find that Black Rain serves up all of the above at a whirlwind pace. So make yourself some popcorn and get comfortable as Delaney takes you for a long con that just might leave you wanting to do it all over again.
- Jason Kirk, Editor