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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.
These characters, and a number of others are wrapped in an intricate but never impossibly complicated web of murder that goes sideways in several different directions, due to the undue diligence and unreliable character of several schemers. Who did what to who is never really a mystery; the delight here is in wondering who will be left standing at the end, and who will ensure that the others will be lying down for good. Or otherwise.
Along the way, Kostoff lets his characters give a number of uncliched, startlingly lucid speeches -- internal and otherwise. They're about life's hard truths, and about the hope, foolish and otherwise, that springs eternal in spite of the spite that fills just about every thin-soiled heart in this richly layered tale. That rare quality makes "Late Rain" the rare sort of novel that stands up to repeated readings, and makes you wish that each time you read it was the first time.
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