In this Rain by S.J. Rozan

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Three years ago, a child’s death blew open a vortex of corruption inside Manhattan’s lucrative construction industry. And it sent one innocent man to jail. Joe Cole is a former city investigator who now lives a broken life, cut off from his wife and daughter, and from the city he once knew so well. But for Joe, everything changes when a woman’s murder and a teenager’s rooftop freefall rip open old wounds—and reveal a shocking layer of rage and deception.

It is Joe’s former partner, beautiful, hard-charging investigator Ann Montgomery, who first sees the lies, forcing Joe out of his self-imposed isolation to help her unravel the cover-ups and secret relationships that allow the powerful to hide their crimes. Soon, the two are entering the darkest corners of their city, delving into the hidden desires of a borough president who wants to be mayor, the motivations of a charismatic community activist, and the machinations of a mayor whose ambitions know no bounds. As the secrets of each player are exposed, as the primal forces of greed, sex, and power come to the surface, Ann and Joe know they must press their search all the way to the end—because the most powerful revelations are yet to come.

From a brilliantly choreographed press conference to a scandalous love affair gone terribly wrong, In This Rain takes us into the heart of a sprawling, brawling city—in a masterpiece of suspense that proves once again the unique and daring genius of S. J. Rozan.

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About S.J. Rozan

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S.J. ROZAN is the author of eight novels in the Edgar, Shamus, Nero, Macavity and Anthony Award-winning Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series. Born and raised in the Bronx, Rozan is an architect in a New York firm and lives in Greenwich Village, where she is at work on her next novel of suspense, which Delacorte will publish in 2005.From the Hardcover edition.
Published December 26, 2006 by Delacorte Press. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Now Joe’s old girlfriend, wealthy inspector Ann Montgomery, is so intent on nailing Glybenhall, who years ago seduced her mother and menaced her, that she fails to read the same signs.

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Edgar-winner Rozan (Absent Friends ) draws on her experience as a professional architect in this complex thriller that focuses on New York City's construction and development business.

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various elements --- construction, architecture and New York City.

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Originally posted Dec 15, 2006 Published in issue #912 Dec 22, 2006 Order article reprints

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Reviewing the Evidence

Joe had been building a case against the inspector but wanted it to be watertight, so Joe was the scapegoat.

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Spinetingler Magazine

The groundwork, and background, and events from which the rest of the story flows, consume about the first 100 pages of the book, by which point the reader is thoroughly ‘hooked,’ and by which point, in her inimitable style, the author has immersed the reader into big-city politics [as well as ra...

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