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Rain Will Come

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,919 ratings  ·  214 reviews

A thrilling, page-turning debut about a twisted killer and a broken copboth with nothing to lose.

Paul Czarcik, the longest-tenured detective in the Illinois Bureau of Judicial Enforcement, puts the rest of the team to shame. Ruthless and riddled with vices, Czarcik always gets his man. And fast. Until now

A double slaying isnt the open-and-shut case of urban crime hes

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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 302 pages
Published April 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Liz
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Just like The Mikado, Daniel has got a little list of folks the world could do without. So, from the beginning of the book, we know the identity of the serial killer and can get a certain perverse satisfaction as he doles out his peculiar form of justice.

Meanwhile, Czarcik is the longest tenured Detective for the Illinois Bureau of Criminal Justice and is given lots of leeway to do things his way.

Holgate does a great job of creating both of these characters. They are each very unique
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Matt
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Thomas Holgate and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Hooked by the dust jacket blurb, I eagerly read this novel by Thomas Holgate, which mixes a sadistic serial killer with a cop whose process is a tad unorthodox. While Paul Czarcik was once a proud member of the Chicago PD, his time there came to an end prematurely. However, he accepted a role in the
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Ankit Garg
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rain Will Come by Thomas Holgate is a fast-paced crime thriller. It is about how the infamous detective, our protagonist, catches up with the serial killer.

It is a run-of-the-mill cat and mouse story, with encounters between the participants that keep happening throughout the race.

The character build up is excellent. Both the protagonist and the antagonist are shown in good as well as bad light.

I liked how his intuition guides the protagonist time-and-again to point in the right direction.
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Eileen
4 stars

This was a pretty good twist on the whole "catch the serial killer" crime thriller as you know from the beginning who the killer is and it's more about the motivations of not only the killer, but the detective who has decided to pursue him. The detective himself is deeply flawed and works outside of the lines, but he still has a strong conviction of what true evil is. As the story develops, you find out some things about his own past as a rookie cop that helps you understand some of the
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Linda
Chicago, in itself, is a detective story.

Rain Will Come caught my attention for that very reason. Who wouldn't want to gravitate toward big time crime, a wayward aging detective, a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde serial killer, and some brutal goings on in the Windy City?

I would. I did. And now I'm not so sure.

Thomas Holgate lays out his main character of Detective Paul Czarcik like a beefy cut of Chicago's finest on a crusty roll. He's Old School, on the other side of fifty, and still drives around in a
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Louise Wilson
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

Paul Czarcik is the Detective trying to find a vicious serial killer. They've already killed two people. The serial killer is a vigilante, out to get justice for people who can't get it for themselves. Paul isn't your average Detective. He drinks, takes drugs and hires escorts just to talk to them. He's also near the end of his career. The vigilante killer is dying and wants to revenge on some people before he dies.

This story is told from the serial killer and Paul
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Claire Y
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-ebooks
Riveting!

"Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets...I'm that rain."

With nothing to lose a self made vigilante sets out to exact revenge on the perpetrators that hobbled, maimed, and abused their innocent victims, and got away with their crimes. It's up to Detective Czarcik to apprehend this vigilante, but does Czarcik really want that? After all, those monsters deserved what they got.

A tour de force of a novel. Five stars. Thanks to Amazon First Reads for an early
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Bespectacled Petal
There are many crimes which are so heinous that we imagine killing the perpetrator. However, we dont do it because it is not morally acceptable. But how many times do we read about a criminal who got what he/she deserved and did an internal victory fist pump. Now imagine being the detective responsible for apprehending someone, who to us, deserves a medal. Paul Czarcik is that detective.

Rain Will Come makes us ask ourselves some tough questions:

Is it wrong to rejoice when evil people experience
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Louise Wilson
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

Paul Czarcik is the Detective trying to find a vicious serial,killer. They've already killed two people. The serial killer is a vigilante, out to get justice for people who can't get it for themselves. Paul is your average Detective. He drinks, takes drugs and hires escorts just to talk to them. He's also near the end of his career. The vigilante killer is dyijn5and wants revenge on some people before he dies.

This story is told from the serial killer and Paul Czarcik
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Alisa
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So,we have a cat and mouse game between a detective named Paul and the serial killer, Daniel. And don't worry, we are told right away who the killer is and what he is doing all this for. Personally, I don't like it when authors do that,it takes away the suspense factor for me.
What this book does really well is that it messes with your head. You find yourself sympathizing with the killer. And so,on one hand you know that the victims deserved everything they got,but on the other hand you know
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Monnie
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Virtually every character in this fast-paced game of cat-and-mouse between a serial killer and the longest-tenured detective in the Illinois Bureau of Judicial Enforcement is seriously flawed. Killer Daniel Longdon, a self-ascribed avenger of injustice, is dying of a glioblastoma and hoping to get to the last person on his hit list before the tumor gets him. Detective Paul Czarcik, a basically good cop, struggles with injustice as well; but his method of dealing with it is through smoking, ...more
Jannelies
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-stars, thriller
The title for this very good debut novel comes from a movie... and describes exactly what is happening in this story. Or should be happening.
Main character Paul Czarcik reminded me a little of Harry Hole, one of my favorites in the genre 'unhappy persons'. Paul is so deeply unhappy you want to keep reading to find out why this is. In the mean time, you also want to keep reading because from the beginning, the killer is known to us and that Paul is going to catch him is obvious. But how and
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Roselyn
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rain Will Come provides an alternative twist on cat & mouse, detective vs serial killer. The relationship which builds between the two really stands out and a few chance (or not so chance) encounters in-between gives a quick thrill.

Detective Czarcik a man with many vices, makes it his mission to bring down a new serial killer, the difficult part about the case - is the killer in the wrong? Both men are at the end of their lives, one literally and one figuratively, and determined to complete
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Reads a Latte Thrillers
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The first words that came to mind when I start reading this book were dark and seedy. The main character is so deeply flawed, yet in the beginning, you really don't know why. As a seasoned Detective with Chicago PD, he spends his days drinking and spending his free time in the company of call girls, "just to talk". This is his life, until a string of grisly murders forces him to hunt for a killer, hell bent of achieving his own ghoulish goals before it's too late.

I found the writing in this
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Mike
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book which appears to be a debut book from a new author. Set in Chicago, the plot is a damaged mix of police procedure and serial killer cat and mouse. I enjoy damaged characters in books especially when they have a purpose but this book had some counterbalance for that theme. It definitely kept my interest along the way and I would read another installment for sure. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book!!!
Gemma
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a tough book to review, while I enjoyed the overall storyline and was gripped to the book, I struggled in a lot of places with the similarities between the two main characters, so much so I was convinced they was the same person at times.
It was gruesome in places and more graphic than had expected.

I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Owl._.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely, most definitely recommend! Fast-paced, hooked from the beginning!! Read in just a few hours. Great debut ... Can't wait to read more by this author.

Thank you #netgalley and #Thomas&Mercer for the eARC.
Thi Winn
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you #netgalley for the eARC!

This is a remarkable debut novel for Holgate. It was very fast pace and kept me hooked. It transitioned seamlessly and was easy to read.
Angelo Drakontaidis
Holgates debut novel is a rather good one. In fact its one of the better novels Ive read this year.

I liked the back and forth between the protagonist and the serial killer. What I found fascinating was the crooked moral compass of both the cop and killer. In many respects they had more similarities than differences.

The author definitely doesnt shy away from the grotesque but doesnt overstuff with too many details. Felt like it was a good mix.

Fast paced and definitely a quick read. I can
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Heather Bennett
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rain You Come is a fantastic gruesome thriller. The book will book you from the first chapter and is fast paced. Well written and well developed characters. A must read.
Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic ARC of this police procedural from Netgalley, Thomas Holgate, and Thomas & Mercer publishers, and a Kindle copy also from Amazon Prime. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. This may perhaps be a debut novel from this author. He will go right on my must-read authors list, however. There are some nasty crime scenes, so Thomas Holgate may not appeal to ...more
Cheryl
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cop you'll find it difficult to like

Detective Paul Czarcik of the Illinois Bureau of Judicial Enforcement is not a nice man. He's a great investigator but he lacks people skills. He's a loner, he drinks on duty and snorts cocaine, he frequents shady motels and hires escorts but he tends to solve the cases assigned to him so he's pretty much left alone.

He's now on the trail of a serial killer who is also a vigilante. The killer is going around killing off people who have established raped the
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Stephanie
DNF @ 4%. I usually try to give at least 25% before I DNF a book, but sometimes you know right away if you're not going to click with a story and that was my experience with this book. The first chapter was enough to make me not like the main character - mainly because some of the events remind me a lot of my father. The writing style didn't really mesh with me either. However, I will say that the reviews I've seen so far for this book are pretty positive, so this is probably just a case of not ...more
Aly
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Rain Will Come by Thomas Holgate starts out with the reader knowing who the killer is. A new twist on a serial killer thriller. We have a real game of who can catch who "cat and mouse" type thriller. What is motivating Detective Czarcik? Why does Detective Czarcik decide to color a little outside the lines? This book is a face paced book and I enjoyed it. "This book was given to me for free at my request from NetGalley and I provided this voluntary review."
Stefani
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, net-galley, arc
**Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Please note, changes to the manuscript may take place after publishing. Thank you Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer!**

I love a good cat & mouse story. A jaded, surly detective pursuing a psychopath story. In some ways this was a good fit, in other ways it didnt live up to expectations. I feel its important for me to note right up front that this book is not breaking any new ground in the
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Cathy
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book. The detective is a mess and pretty unlikeable. The killer, on the other hand, is sympathetic. We know the killers id pretty early so the story is more about the dynamic between the detective and the killer. I found the book enjoyable even if i also found i had to suspend belief in order to enjoy it.
Cathy
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book. The detective is a mess and pretty unlikeable. The killer, on the other hand, is sympathetic. We know the killers id pretty early so the story is more about the dynamic between the detective and the killer. I found the book enjoyable even if i also found i had to suspend belief in order to enjoy it.
Thi Winn
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you #netgalley for the eARC!

This is a remarkable debut novel for Holgate. It was very fast pace and kept me hooked. It transitioned seamlessly and was easy to read.
Tarrah Marie (Wayward Readers)
Edgy, graphic, and raw. This narrative has the typical underpinning of a police-procedural but Holgate offers his own gritty writing style that is certain to stake a claim in this genre. The main character, Detective Paul Czarcik, is an absolute train wreck that the reader cannot pull their eyes away from. Watching him try to pull it together enough to try to outwit a serial killer is wildly entertaining. Love. This. Book. 5 stars

Thank you to #NetGalley for this ARC of #RainWillCome, which I
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Fazila
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FBRC REVIEW:

DISCLAIMER : I received an ARC( advance review copy) of this book for free from NetGalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you, NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC of this book.

DISCLAIMER: Graphic details and gruesome violence



Rain will come is a compelling debut from the author Thomas Holgate. This book will keep you on the edge of your seats with its twists and cat and mouse chase between the serial killer and the detective. The story is different from other
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