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Cold Steel Rain (Danny Chaisson #1)

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Among the Best New Crime Series. His critically acclaimed debut, Cold Steel Rain, was a complex, seductively dark story (Dallas Morning News) that proved Kenneth Abel is more than able to write a gripping crime drama that will beguile readers (Midwest Book Review). Now, Big Easy lawyer Danny Chaisson is back to settle an emotionally charged dispute between the old South ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Signet (first published September 11th 2000)
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Asghar Abbas
Mar 23, 2015 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it
A solid thriller.
Oct 29, 2016 Marianne rated it really liked it
Kind of a dark tale of graft, and corruption in New Orleans government. Do the good guys win?
I will definitely read more of this series.
Nov 03, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After reading Abel's recent book featuring Danny Chaisson, Down in the Flood, I decided to go back to the beginning and read all the books in this intriguing series. An interesting blend of political misdeeds and murder set in New Orleans, Cold Steel Rain is reminiscent of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux and equally compelling.
Sam Reaves
Aug 14, 2012 Sam Reaves rated it liked it
Hard-nosed, atmospheric crime novel set in New Orleans. Lawyer Danny Chaisson compromises his principles in the go-along, get-along political culture of the Big Easy, until the consequences are brought home by a horrific crime. If they ever clean up New Orleans, crime writers will be deprived of a priceless setting. Abel knows the territory and has the voice, jaded and seductive.
Oct 27, 2009 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good. It had lots of nice twists and likeable characters and an interesting little backstory going on. The downside is that there is probably a little too much going on, and to me it seemed a couple of things weren't resolved.
Kirk Morrison
Jan 14, 2012 Kirk Morrison rated it liked it
If you like James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series you'll probably like this one as well. Although not quite a match for Burke's prose, Abel's Danny Chaisson is another down-on-his-luck Louisiana detective trying to outwit tough odds and the bill collectors.
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Pseudonym of Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky has taught at Kenyon since 1993. He teaches courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance poetry, film, and fiction writing. His research centers on the politics of spectacle in early modern drama, and he has also published a series of crime novels under the pseudonym Kenneth Abel. In 2001, he received the Junior Trustee Award for Teaching Excel
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Danny Chaisson (3 books)
  • The Burying Field (Danny Chaisson, #2)
  • Down in the Flood (Danny Chaisson, #3)

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