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Cold Winter Rain (Slate Book 1) by [Gregory, Steven]
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Attorney Gregory utilizes a legal background to create a complex andsuspenseful slice of hard-boiled noir that honors without imitating thestylistic and thematic influences of Dashiell Hammett. Eschewingover-simplistic views of morality, the characters here wade through adark ambiguity mirrored by bleak atmosphere, descending into homicideand emotional bankruptcy. In Birmingham, Ala., Slate, the cynical butdecent lawyer-investigator struggling with the deaths of his wife andson, agrees to locate attorney Don Kramer's daughter, Kristina,unwittingly accepting an invitation into conspiracy and cover-ups. When a murdered man is discovered with Slate's business card, police captainLeon Grubbs casts an eye on our hard-luck hero and a routine missingperson's case becomes a race against the clock and possibly the NewOrleans mob. Slate is not a mere parody of classic genre detectives.Rather, his personality is convincing and complex, skillfully revealedwithout slowing the action-driven plot. Clean and sharp prose deliversmaximum emotional effect, and the dialogue rings true. Though he doesn't bring anything particularly new to the genre, Slate is neverthelessdestined to become a series character welcomed by aficionados of John D. MacDonald and Raymond Chandler.

-- Publishers Weekly

"Slate is a well-drawn protagonist [and]. . . . a memorable main character."

"Slate's past follows him like a shadow, informing his movements and coloring his sense of trust."
"Gregory's prose is solid, and he vividly describes both the exterior Southern landscape and the insular, interior spaces Slate inhabits."

-- Kirkus Reviews

"COLD WINTER RAIN has a nice John D. MacDonald vibe to it that'll have you coming back to Slate for more investigations again and again."

~Simon Wood, author of Terminated

About the Author

Steve Gregory was born in a cotton-mill town in north Georgia. His parents moved to the family farm when he was nine. Steve earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Alabama in the early 1980s. He worked as a stockbroker for a few years, then earned a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and practiced law for more than twenty years. As a lawyer, Steve defended a couple of gentlemen facing capital murder charges. He finds writing about murder much less stressful. Cold Winter Rain is Steve's first novel and the first of a series featuring the man called Slate.

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  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Oak Mountain Press, LLC (November 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F4DGUT8
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