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3.37  ·  Rating details ·  2,766 ratings  ·  266 reviews
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 bar
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Paperback, 198 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Thomas & Mercer (first published October 22nd 2013)
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M.W. Griffith
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I feel as though some readers have become the most harsh of critics and have forgotten how to simply read for pleasure. This book was good. Another reviewer pointed out that the author didn't focus enough on the mystery, but the fact is that the case and the investigator share the same story. Its written in first person, which was a problem with another reviewer because they felt as though the investigators thoughts were too redundant. Well, they were redundant, but honestly, if I were stricken ...more
IslandRiverScribe
The promotional blurb for this book was quite simple – a private investigator with a terminal illness takes on one last case.

Now I read for escapism. I don’t usually buy heartbreaking tearjerkers since that wouldn’t escape from anything I have to deal with daily. And reading a book in which I know the main protagonist is going to die in the last chapter is definitely not in keeping with my personal mantra on escapism.

But something in that simple blurb apparently pricked my subconscious. Not onl
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Marvin
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I do not think I've ever read a mystery more depressing than Silent Echo. P. D. James writes some depressing mysteries but she's a load of laughs compared to J. R. Rain.

I guess if your main protagonist has terminal AIDS related cancer and six months to live, you're not going to be writing a comedy. But P. I. Jim Booker is really depressing. He crapped out in the game of life. He blames himself for his brother's death, the love of his life is married to his best friend and now she's missing. So h
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Pamela
Nov 09, 2013 marked it as dnf
Shelves: bizarre, arc, boring
I received this through an Amazon ARC program, but I honestly just couldn't get into it. I felt like I was in some weird version of Groundhog Day: every time I advanced the pages in my Kindle, I felt like I was reading the EXACT same thing I read on the last page. No one seems particularly likable, either.

Also, the AIDS situation could have been handled less awkwardly.
Karyn Niedert
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Jimmy is a ex-PI suffering from end-stage lung cancer related to AIDS. The novel tells of his determination in solving one last case-who murdered his best friend's wife. Complicating things, this is a woman whom Jimmy has always loved, AND her body is discovered in the same area Jimmy's brother's murdered body was found years earlier.

I liked the storyline, but the writing kept to the same theme ad nauseam. The reader is shown that the main character, Jimmy, has a serious self hatred issue from t
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Angelia
Nov 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
I felt like I was dying a slow death as I read this book.
Lady
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazingly odd. I felt really bad for Jimmy as he suffered through every day trying to find his friend's killer knowing he really wasn't up to snuff. The fact that he should have been dead two months ago lends a certain frenetic energy to the story.

Mystery and suspense abound along with a touch of the supernatural. The (at times trippy and psychedelic) visions Jimmy experiences are signs that even though his death is fast approaching he will get to the bottom of the murder that has
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Tom
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you're having a bad day, are in a funk or on the verge of depression - and you're counting on a good book to pull you back into the sunshine - then don't read this book. It will just kick your butt over the edge you're trying to avoid. However, if you're on somewhat stable ground and are looking for a mystery written from a different perspective than most, Silent Echo won't disappoint. J.R. Rain has written an improbable, poignant piece that blends a more superficial "private detective solves ...more
Linda
Nov 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: wont-touch-again
To be perfectly honest this book was a freebie from Amazon. I was excited to read and review it. It is about a man who is asked to help solve a murder but here is the catch, he is dying of aids/cancer and has very little time left to solve the mystery. I liked the idea of adding a completely new twist to an old murder mystery. But it's clear the author had an agenda so it ends up being very preachy. Exactly what his agenda was I'm not sure. I didn't mind the fact that his best friend is gay and ...more
David Highton
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A moving tale of a terminally ill detective working to solve a very personal cold case from 22 years earlier along with a very recent murder with similiar features
Samantha Woods ( LSK Sweetheart Reviews )
'I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review'

Jimmy is dying. He has AIDS and Lung Cancer and he is living on borrowed time. He should have been dead 2 months ago. His best friend is a Nigerian Artist named Numi. He is the Only person who has stuck by Jimmy through everything. Jimmy used to be a PI and his old friend comes to him asking him to find his wife Olivia who came up missing. Jimmy and Olivia have always had feelings for each other. It turns out Olivia was found that very n
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Mary
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This started out as a very typical J.R. Rain book for me. Like many others of his I have read, it is about a PI in California investigating a missing person. It definitely has his typical writing flare, which is so wonderful. But the story soon became less about the detective story, the mystery surrounding the murder, and more about the life of the PI, Jimmy. Usually that would bother me, but this was so well written, intertwined with the investigation, that it just made sense. This book is a mu ...more
Mahinui Gail
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A mystery wrapped in an enigma. The enigma is, what is life, what is dying, where is the line between.

The protagonist shares with us his dying. It is an honest sharing. He is trying to solve a mystery, but being that he is not fully on this plane due to dying, the mystery solving moves to the back seat.

Altogether a captivating story, told in a true, believable voice. The friendship between the protagonist and the man who has chosen to care for him in his end days is truly the centerpiece of th
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Cindy Reifel
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone

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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!, December 1, 2013


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This review is from: Silent Echo (Kindle Edition)
I borrowed this book from Prime because there's a contest going on and, I thought, what the heck, I'll read it, then enter the contest. Having said that, I am a bibliophile who reads 4-6 books and I have been doing that for 50 years. I don't usually read mysteries, but I read this one for the reasons already
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Fran Parker
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story told in the first person like many favored detective stories. But it is so much more! There is much hurt, disillusionment, betrayal, suffering, death. But there is also great friendship, love, honesty, resolution, restoration, forgiveness and hope in this story of the last days of a very ill detective trying to solve his first as well as his last mystery of of a triad of murder.

Each of the main and other close characters in this book are very well developed. I cried and co
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snmohan
Nov 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
How did this book earn the label 'Mystery'?
There were very few characters and the 'mystery' was criminally simple to unravel.
The protagonist played no significant role in the evolution of the story.
The author has, dare I say it, wasted chapters and too much of my time by frequently portraying the protagonist as an ailing, homophobic narcissist.

Further, the author has exhibited questionable judgement in introducing characters who serve no purpose but to pander to the wanton desires of the movie
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Allen
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was promised a book about a detective coming out of retirement, what I got was a book about man dying of AIDS/cancer held loosely together by a mystery I solved within the first few chapters. I may not mind the AIDS/cancer story if that's what I was buying into when I read the summary.

I will say that I thought it was creative and unique at first but the only thing consistent through the book was him whining and after the first several chapters it just got old. I hung in there and can say it c
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Regina
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-prime
Living on borrowed time, Jimmy Booker works a gruesome murder case of a longtime friend.

To me, this book was less about solving a murder mystery; it's about examining traditional masculine gender norms, its debilitating impact on forming relationships and even how it affects ones health. I found myself drawn in Jimmy's scarred past and dealing with his illness. Especially interesting was the dynamic between Jimmy and his gay friend/volunteer caretaker.

It's a quick yet emotional read.

This review
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Samantha Woods
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review'

Jimmy is dying. He has AIDS and Lung Cancer and he is living on borrowed time. He should have been dead 2 months ago. His best friend is a Nigerian Artist named Numi. He is the Only person who has stuck by Jimmy through everything. Jimmy used to be a PI and his old friend comes to him asking him to find his wife Olivia who came up missing. Jimmy and Olivia have always had feelings for each other. It turns out Olivia was found that very n
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Bradley
I picked this book from Amazon’s Kindle First program where Prime members can pick from a selection of books new to Kindle. It looked interesting and a mystery seemed a change of pace from what I had been reading. The very first thing I have to say about this book is it really isn’t a mystery. There is one big plot element that is definitely a mystery but the book in my opinion is about exploring relationships and I don’t mean romantic relationships. Relationship of the human connection and cove ...more
Dana
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Rainy Monday Morning Review for you ....."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
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Leevora
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yep, I cried like my 2 year does when I take her favorite blankee to wash or that scene from CSI, when Grissolm holds Warrick in his arms, - pouting- I hate heart owie's.

Anyway...

The author created a superb story with characters that were well developed and was impossible not to care for.

I appreciated the love interest wasn't a supermodel looking female, which so many authors choose as love interest in their stories. the main character was more attracted to her flaw and that was awesome!

I love w
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Sarah
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I chose this book based on the editor's review (Terry Goodman) on Amazon.com and didn't preview any of the readers' reviews and I'm glad I didn't.

If you're reading this one, here's my advice: read Silent Echo with no expectations about plot, genre or characters and let the story and characters take you where they want to go. Open your mind to accept the written words and let the author's story pull you along. That's why we love to read, right?

And the story will pull you. For a writer that start
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Sandy
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Jimmy Booker was a private detective until he was diagnosed with AIDS-related cancer. Now, in his last days, he's approached by an old friend whose wife (and also Jimmy's long-time friend) has gone missing. He wants Jimmy's help in finding her. Although Jimmy is physically in no condition to take on a case, because of who is involved, he agrees, however before he can even really begin Olivia's murdered body is found in Laurel Canyon just feet away from where, twenty-two years earlier, Jimmy's ni ...more
Ronna
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
I got this book with the Kindle First Read's program and definitely have mixed feelings about it. It was billed as a mystery, and there was an element of mystery to the story. But mostly, it was the story of a man in his last days of dying from AIDS related lung cancer. The inner thoughts and emotions of the character would have been more welcome if that was what I had been looking for in this book. Though the writing was very well done and flowed nicely. I found a good bit of the action did not ...more
Lisa
Sep 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for free from Amazon and wished I had passed. It just was not a good book. The author could not decide if he was writing a straight guy dying of AIDS book or a murder mystery and therefore fails at both.

There was no path to follow on the murder mystery part. You get almost to the end, he sees one clue and blam! solves the mystery. The result is completely unbelievable and frankly kind of pathetic. Like the author suddnly remembered he had a crime to solve and then just took some
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Carol
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read the author's Bio, I'm tempted to say this novel reflects many of his personal experiences and feelings about facing death, understanding love on many levels, and the unrelenting need to check off the final bucket list entry ~ exposing a murderer. As is often the case, as one faces his own demise, his personal world shrinks and the simple act of staying alive is all-consuming.. all day, every day. I found the interactions/relationships to be very human. Guilt trips, unrequited love, s ...more
Diane Lybbert
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eight months after being given six months to live, Booker (an investigator) comes out of 'retirement' to work on one final case. His friend's wife (who is also an old friend of the investigator) has been found dead - under very similar circumstances to Booker's younger brother's unsolved murder nearly 20 years earlier. Drawing on his last bit of strength to try to solve the case, he is assisted by his long-time friend Numi, who has been acting as his unofficial 'caretaker'. Booker reflects on hi ...more
Kim
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea what I just read. The only part of this book I gave kudos to the author for, was the AIDS thing, this is the second book I've ever read where the main character isn't this perfect specimen that everyone fawns over, hes actually..gasp..dying! other than that I didn't see the point of the whole book, didn't see the point of Mary, didn't see the ending being any big wahoo. I did read it in one sitting, so that's good at least.
Selinalynn
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
the set up for the story was pretty general. Dying detective, self-hating, blamed for his brother's death, best friend stole "the girl", girl ends up dead. Of course he has to find the killer before his last breath. Oh don't forget one more romp in the sheets thrown in just for good measure. I felt like this story was like the chocolate chip cookie recipe you find on the back of all the different brands of chocolate chips you can buy at the store. Same cookie, different names.
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