The Rainy Day Killer


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The Rainy Day Killer Book Summary:

A man in a business suit offers the protection of his umbrella to an unsuspecting woman, and several days later 18669147she turns up dead on a river bank, raped and strangled. The terrifying serial killer known in the press as the Rainy Day Killer is now hunting new victims in the city of Glendale … whenever it rains.Homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue leads the investigation as the killer begins to communicate directly to him through phone calls and grisly packages containing body parts of his victims. Assisted by FBI profiler Ed Griffin, Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer pursue an elusive predator who leaves no physical evidence behind.The timing couldn’t be worse, however, as Karen Stainer’s attention is divided between the investigation and preparations for her upcoming wedding. Distracted and uncertain about her future, Stainer is furious when she learns that the Rainy Day Killer has followed her to Virginia, where the wedding will take place, and that he intends to make her his next victim!
The Review:
I don’t often pick up thrillers/detective novels because they don’t really move me, but occasionally for a bit of fast pace I do.  The Rainy Day Killer is the fourth installment in the Donaghue and Stainer crime series.  I’m not sure if that’s the problem with getting into the story, but for me I think it was.  The characters were just too one-dimensional and typical for me.  Donaghue was reflective and quiet and Stainer was a bit of a feisty hot-headed woman.  In this book we don’t learn that much about them, so I’m assuming the readers will learn more about them if they began reading with book one.
The story contained its quantity of descriptive gore and a serial killer with lots of issues that we never get explanations for.  Lots of clues and near miss searches are given that don’t help the reader solve the crime but I figured out who it was before he showed his face.  This was not a true who dunnit.  I would have liked to know more about the serial killer and maybe had some perspective from his point of view.
The Rainy Day Killer really read like any CSI show on American television.  The descriptions, settings and situations are similar to those shows.  I was hoping for a more complex thriller but that wasn’t the case.  There wasn’t all bad guys.  It was obvious that McCann had thoroughly researched to be able to write the book and that was refreshing.   Even the cop language was spot on.  At no point did I think things weren’t true to life.  On the contrary, they were very real, down to the detailed descriptions of certain aspects like using stun guns for example.  Nevertheless, I gave the Rainy Day Killer 2 stars since It wasn’t for me, but if you enjoy thrillers you just might like it.
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Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned a B.A. (Hons.) in English from Trent University and an M.A. in English from Queen’s University. He has worked as an editor and a project and training consultant and manager with the federal government. He is an author of crime fiction and supernatural thrillers. His Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series includes Blood Passage, Marcie’s Murder, The Fregoli Delusion, and The Rainy Day Killer. He is also the author of the supernatural thriller The Ghost Man and is currently working on another supernatural novel.
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Pages: 290
ISBN: 9780987708786
Publisher: Plaid Raccoon Press
Release: August 30, 2013
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47. The Devil's Garden


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The Devil’s Garden Book Summary:

A Marine’s past is never far behind him, but sometimes it’s a lot closer than he thinks . . .After years of enjoying the soft, quiet, civilian, family life, former Recon Marine Brandon Colson still has a large price on his head…only his family doesn’t know it. That is, until a heavily armed squad of terrorists breaks into his house and tries to kill him and his family.After swiftly dispatching the would-be assassins, Colson realizes the ghosts from his past have somehow managed to come back to haunt him. His worst nightmare has come true. His identity—a secret until now—has been mysteriously compromised. Something he did years ago, while on a recon mission during his tour of service, has kept anger burning in the hearts of powerful Arab adversaries. And the men who attacked his house are simply an omen of what is to come.With his family in hiding, Colson and local detective Sam Collier set out to locate and neutralize the remainder of the terrorist cell. It’s a race against time, and the plot they uncover along the way defies all expectation.Their fates in the balance until the last second, the two men must fight for their lives as they navigate a trail littered with bloodshed and revenge that leads straight to hell on earth: The Devil’s Garden.

I’m really not so sure where to start with this review.  I don’t think I’ve read any novel like this before.  Unfortunately, The Devil’s Garden was a real disappointment for me.  The first thirty pages had me intrigued, but the rest was much too one-dimensional for my tastes.  Marine Brandon Colson, the main character, was an arrogant, self-righteous, ego maniac.  He’s supposed to be the hero and main protagonist of the novel and I couldn’t stand him and all of this started right in the beginning when Colson is being interrogated by Collier.
Another thing that bothered me was that as some parts of the novel are entertaining there are parts that drag on.  In fact it’s the dialogue which seems to be a little flat.  It wasn’t real enough for me.  I found the dialogues resembled more of a manuscript written for television.  Speaking of which, I can imagine this story as a movie.  Dialogues usually help the reader learn more about the characters, however as readers we only seem to learn more and more about my favorite friend Colson.  All the other characters remain quite sketchy, including detective Sam Collier who seemed to be slightly stereotypical in my opinion.
The good thing about this book is the author, Brady Christianson.  He’s used every bit of his experience as a United States Marine to fashion an engaging plot, with a lot of action, which at times can be violent.  For example, in the beginning he compares hitting a fastball with a baseball bat to beheading someone with a Japanese saber.  Ouch!  No worries the rolling head belonged to one of the bad guys.  So yes there is some graphic violence but that should be expected in a thriller.   Despite all of this, the writing style flows somewhat and is easy to follow.   It’s just too bad the characters weren’t developed enough and that there wasn’t enough real, rich dialogue.  It’s because of this that I’m not sure I would have finished it if I hadn’t agreed to review it.  The Devil’s Garden isn’t for everybody.  The constant religious theme that runs through the novel tends to be just a bit preachy and I would imagine some readers would get a little tired of that aspect.  The last good thing about the novel was the humor.  It’s amazing that their could be anything humorous in the story after reading the summary, but there is and that shows the balance of the thriller.  I rated The Devil in the Garden 2 stars on Goodreads.  It’s ok, but not my cup of tea.  Nevertheless, I say check it out if you want to read and experience a very different kind of thriller.
Brady Christianson‘s Bio:

Brady Christianson is a former United States Marine Corps Recon Marine whose military service and Christian faith has shaped his writing.
Price: $14.95
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
ISBN: 9781938690167
Pages: 391
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