Some of my favorite stories revolve around people making wrong choices, then seeing the resulting mayhem play out. Perhaps one of the best examples is Cormac McCarthyâ€™s No Country for Old Menâ€”both the novel and the movie. Another is the iconic movie Fargo. And often, itâ€™s greed thatâ€™s driving the hapless protagonist. That and a sense of entitlement.
Only the Rain is a thriller that falls into the category of sort-of-good-guy gets involved with the wrong people because heâ€™s broke. And though the results arenâ€™t as disastrous as McCarthyâ€™s bloody novel, they certainly serve to teach a valuable lesson: When you see a drugged-out girl dancing in the rain, keep going.
I particularly loved the structure the author used to unravel this nail-biting taleâ€”a series of emails from Russell to his former comrade-in-arms. I also appreciated the tender relationship between the protagonist and his aging father. All in all, this is a great read by an accomplished writer. If you like thrillers with a heart, youâ€™ll love this book.
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When family man and war veteran Russell loses his job as a quarry worker, his life suddenly seems more like a waking nightmare than a chance to finally live the American dream. Facing bills, a new baby, and a bone-dry bank account, heâ€™s got nothing left to lose. Russell comes to the rescue of a naked stranger dancing in the rain, and what was supposed to be a straightforward good deed turns into a spiral of danger. When Russell finds an enticing stash of money in the womanâ€™s house, he knows the cash could be his only hope. Taking just a handful will save his familyâ€™s future.
His â€œvictimless crimeâ€ seems to be anything but riskyâ€”until the criminals he robbed come looking for their dirty money. Russellâ€™s ready to surrender it, but then his daughter gets sickâ€¦and he must choose between saving her or giving the devils their due. Someoneâ€™s going to pay. The question is, how much?
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