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A Killing Rain
by P.J. Parrish

Category: Fiction / Mystery
384 pages; ISBN: 078601606X

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


A Killing Rain
P.J. Parrish
Pinnacle, Feb 2005, $6.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 078601606X

Private detective Louis Kincaid tried for over a year to get a date with Susan Outlaw; when he finally succeeds and goes to her house, she informs him they will eat here with her son Benjamin. Louis does not mind because he likes Benjamin. While the trio dines together, Susan’s estrange husband Austin arrives after an absence of a few years. For her son’s sake, she lets her spouse stay in her home.

A few days pass before Louis calls to see how Susan and Ben are doing. She frantically tells him that Austin and Ben are missing. After a search turns up nothing, Louis returns home to ponder his next move, but Austin waits for him there. A panicked Austin explains that his business partner and secretary were abducted and ultimately killed; he fears for his son. Louis believes Ben is bait to lure Austin into a deadly trap. He continues his search although the police believe the lad is dead.

P.J. Parrish is a fantastic thriller writer with his latest winner filled with plenty of action and chase scenes and the author insures the key cast seems genuine. Austen is an interesting antagonist as readers will feel dismay towards him for abandoning his son to save his own skin and feel further ire when he refuses to reveal to anyone how he became a target of a professional hitman though that might help save Ben’s life. In some ways he steals the show, but in contrast to the courage of Louis, who loves Susan and Ben, placing himself in danger to save someone else’s son turns A KILLING RAIN into an enthralling gothic tale in the middle of the Everglades.

Harriet Klausner


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