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In this Rain

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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 roof...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 387 pages
Published January 2007 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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S.J. Rozan is an amazing author... in every book she writes, usually in the first chapter or two, is a grabber description that is so evocative and transfixing that I become committed to reading the entire book, even if it doesn't interest me that much. This book is no exception. I read Rozan's books because she is so great at dialogue, at creating memorable characters, at intelligent description and thought. That said, she writes mysteries, not the gorey thriller kind, not the funny cozy kind;...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
This was a well constructed story about corruption inside Manhattan’s lucrative construction industry. There were lots of surprises and the story was tied up very well. I did have trouble in the beginning because there seemed to be a lot of characters but by the end they it all fell together.

Joe Cole, a former employee of “DOI” (New York Department of Investigation), has recently been released from prison after serving a three year sentence; he was convicted after a child was killed on a site th...more
PROTAGONIST: Ann Montgomery, Department of Investigations investigator
SETTING: New York City
SERIES: Standalone
RATING: 2.75

S. J. Rozan has received much acclaim as the author of the Lydia Smith and Bill Chin crime fiction series. In the past few years, Rozan has branched out from that series and begun to write standalone books. The first, ABSENT FRIENDS, was an homage to the City That Never Sleeps after 9/11. The second, IN THIS RAIN, focuses on graft and corruption in the construction industry i...more
Richard Thompson
Not a Chin/Smith mystery this one.

Ann Montgomery is an investigator for the DOI (Department of Investigations) in New York, an agency described as the Internal Affairs Division for the whole city. One of their main remits is policing and investigating practices in the development and construction of large real estate projects. Anne is assigned the job of investigating an unusual series of what are either accidents or instances of sabotage at a project in the Bronx.

A large cast of characters incl...more
IN THIS RAIN (Licensed Investigator-New York City-Cont) – VG
Rozen, S.J. – Standalone
Delacorte Press, 2006- US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780385338042
First Sentence: “It surprised him, how light she was.”
*** Joe Cole, is newly paroled and just wants to lead a quiet life after having been wrongfully imprisoned for a child's death near a construction site. Joe’s former partner in the New York Department of Investigation, Ann Montgomery, has been languishing in a backwater position but has now been moved fr...more
This book is quite convincing that being mayor of New York City is an impossible job. Mayor Charlie Barr is juggling politicians, community leaders, financial backers, and his ambitious wife. While he is surrounded by corruption, Charlie makes an attempt at being reasonably ethical. So when an accident takes a life at a construction site, he sends in Ann Montgomery, his most aggressive investigator. Ann seeks help from her former partner, recently paroled Joe Cole, who took the fall for a previo...more
Good mystery novel with lots of fun twists; I saw some of them coming, but they still managed to keep me interested.

My biggest problem with this book was that it didn't always ring true. I'm able to suspend disbelief about the plot elements (the almost Dickensian connections between people, the intricate plans), but City government didn't quite work or sound right. I'm still giving it four stars, though, because I think I would've felt differently had the book taken place in Chicago or LA or som...more
I listened to this book. The narrator is Susan Ericksen and she is exceptional - she does an excellent job of changing her voice for the various characters - from black gang bangers, to Bronx New York accent, to high society New York, to the Hispanic male NYPD detective. She puts so much emotion to her reading that it comes alive. The story is about corruption, ambition, and murder involving building contracts in New York. This is a stand alone novel. The characters were complex and well thought...more
This book was completely predictable. From the beginning, I knew who the bad guy was and there really weren't any surprises along the way. The author tried to throw a little twist right at the end, but it was way too late for that. Also the language was completely terrible. I really shouldn't have even finished the book (not worth my time) but I am such a sucker; once I start reading a mystery I have to know what happens. I am a mystery-writer's dream I guess.
This book is definitely hard to get into and perhaps that colored my final opinion. Multiple viewpoints in separate chapters beginning with the first page mean that no character is fully introduced so the reader is dropped into a complicated story of politics, real estate development, city inspections, and murder. I wanted to like the book which has Rozan's usual cast of vivid characters, but it just seemed like so much work to read it.
Barbara ★
All about corruption and kick backs in Harlem New York. Book has meeting after meeting with the mayor, council members, cops, building inspectors, etc. and whose ass is on the line when accidents happen and people die. Add to this bundle of happiness, a religious fervor (a preacher and some do-gooder) and I called it quits at page 50. I just couldn't take the political maneuverings and the b.s. Found this book boring as hell.
Liked this one much better than the Lydia Chin series. Was misled by the prologue and first chapter into thinking it was going to be just another woman-in-jeopardy thing; but it turned out to be much more complex and interesting than that. Great local color for NYC--I imagine that's the way politics really works there--and an ending I didn't see coming.
Loved all the twists and turns this mystery took. The characters were as wonderfully drawn as those in Rozan's Chin/Smith series. This one also proves that a writer at the top of her game can turn any topic into a rip roaring mystery-because I would never have thought to set a mystery in the world of urban planning-brilliant!
Something a little different: This is a mystery that centers on a building site in NYC and the relationships between developers, politicians, and city employees.

That should be enough to let you know if you'd like it. Very character-driven. Big cast, but not hard to keep track of.

Really well done.
Michael Hopson
This was the novel I read a review on that introduced me to this author. This was a very good book. From here I went to her first and forward chronologically, which is where I met her private detective duo Lydia Chin and Bill Smith, all of which have been very good so far.
This mostly forgettable suspense has too many characters, too many secrets. The main character is not believable and her love interest is a silent man whose passion is gardening. I will probably read this again some day and realize around page 200 that I had read it before
Mary Catherine
I was really disapppointed with this. In fact I only read 20 pages before I gave up on it. I really like everything I've read from this author; her book "Absent Friends" was phenomenonal. But I just couldn't get into this one and life's too short to read boring books.
I agree with other reviewers that this was a hard one to get into. Each chapter written from a different character's point of view and there were quite a few characters at first. Again, I like her character development and dialogue.
Maryellen Woodside
I don't know why I bothered to finish this one. I guess because it was on my MP3 player and it was easier to just finidh it than to delete it.
You won't miss anything by not reading it.
Trisha Gagnon
There were too many characters to keep track of. It was hard to follow. I ddin't really get into it until almost the end. I like her Lydia Chin/Bill Smith books better.
I skimmed this one, I was bored by the politics. I guess that makes me sound like I am not interested in politics, but I am, maybe just not fictional politics!
Teresa in Ohio
I really tried to like this book, but it doesn't hold a candle to her series. I really enjoy her series, but dislike her stand alone novels.
Jim Willse
I like Rozan and respect her knowledge of NYC real estate politics, but this urban opera is too long, too contrived and too predictable.
Phil Hait
Interesting drama set in NYC with political & construction cast of characters. Quite a few sub plots keep you thinking & reading.
Stellar audio book--listening to the New York accents was great. Loved Joe. Convoluted plot, but plausible.
Not an easy read, but well written. S.J. Rozan always makes me think.
ok. good read - like the Chin series better.
Elly Wendy
not enjoying this audio production
Dec 31, 2007 Pam marked it as to-read
Shelves: new-york-mystery
12/31/07 rec via pbs
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SJ Rozan, a native New Yorker, is the author of nine novels. She has won the the Edgar, Nero, Macavity, Shamus and Anthony awards for Best Novel and the Edgar award for Best Short Story. She is a former Mystery Writers of America National Board member, a current Sisters in Crime National Board member, and President of the Private Eye Writers of America. In January 2003 she was an invited speaker a...more
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