Synopses & Reviews
"In this pathos-filled short novel from the prolific Rain (The Lost Ark), L.A. private detective Jimmy Booker must solve two murders spaced 22 years apart. In the last throes of AIDS-related cancer, Booker would barely be able to function, much less solve crimes, but for the assistance of his staunch friend Numi. The first murder, when Booker was a child, was that of his nine-year-old brother, Matt, whose body was found in Laurel Canyon with a strange symbol carved into the boy's chest. Now, one of Booker's former love interests has been killed and also dumped in Laurel Canyon. Rain's repetitive, staccato, first-person narrative has a mesmerizing effect, though the text lapses at times into melodrama as Booker reflects on the helplessness his physical condition entails. Nevertheless, the fact that Booker might at any moment drop dead the story is necessarily told in present tense creates a fraught narrative that pulls the reader along to a tense, mostly satisfying climax. Agent: Andrew Stuart, Stuart Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Not much could drag Jim Booker out of a peaceful, if lonely, retirement and back to late nights, crime scenes, and chases. Jim Booker is done with detective work and would just like to enjoy a cup of coffee on a sunny day. But when an old friend shows up with a case about an old flame, Booker can't say no.
What starts as a missing persons case soon delivers more than he bargained for, and when Booker's own past offers clues, it's clear that no one else can solve this mystery. But there's a catch: Booker was given six months to live eight months ago.
J.R. Rain shows us that when it seems there's nothing left to live for, there's also nothing left to lose. His characters will take a chance on danger, doubt, even an unlikely romance--as long as they get a cup of coffee first.