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Late Rain by [Kostoff, Lynn]
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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.

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  • File Size: 1007 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005307M30
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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I finished Late Rain and I'm left wondering what others are seeing in this book that I'm not to warrant it 5 stars. The only interesting characters in my opinion are Croy Wendall and Corrine Tedros and I'm not even that sure about the former. The main protagonist, Ben Decovic, is just your average run of the mill detective just like in any other book with no personality other than the fact that he's hung over with grief due to his wife being killed in a random shooting spree and has a semi-drinking problem. Luckily this is a stand-alone novel because you would have to pay me to read another mystery starring Ben Decovic. Characters such as Sonny Gramm, Wayne LaValle and Raychard Balen are forgettable as soon as the book finishes. Buddy is boring and so is Anne. Paige on the other hand, actually made me laugh a few times. So, kudos to her.

After reading the product description, I thought this book was refreshing (and the free part as well). I mean come on. A guy in the late stages of Alzheimer's who can't portray his thoughts correctly is the only sole witness to a murder case? How would they interrogate him? How would he remember back the crime scene? Will his life be in jeopardy even though he can't identify the murderer? But no. Jack Carson, the "witness", doesn't play any major parts in solving the crime in Late Rain. If you read the product description like me and thought this would make for an interesting element for a story, you'll be disappointed in the end. I'm also laughing at the other review that said this book is packed with "sucker-punch surprises". Really? And what would those be? Because to me, I didn't find any shocker here even till the very end which I'm not even sure of what exactly happened.

One last thing I need to get off my chest about this book.
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