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Rain Will Come

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  5,645 ratings  ·  474 reviews

A thrilling, page-turning debut about a twisted killer and a broken cop—both 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 isn’t the open-and-shut case of urban crime he

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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 301 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 individ
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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 Illinoi
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Carole
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
Rain Will Come by Thomas Holgate is a first novel but the author’s writing experience of films and television movies and series shines through in this mystery. Paul Czarcik, a senior detective with the Illinois Bureau of Judicial Enforcement is investigating a double murder when he realizes that this crime shares similarities with the murder of a judge in Texas. This leads him to believe he is on the trail of a serial killer. His investigation will take him to other states in pursuit of the kill ...more
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. Altho
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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 Cr
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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 c
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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 Czarc
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Jaidee
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 "mhmm, mhmmm, mhmmm" stars !!!

Some of this book is so very impressive.
The premise for one...rather than cop vs. serial killer that are both grey...these two are anti-heros but on the same side of coin. The serial killer only hunts down other criminals whose victims don't have justice.
The murders are extremely grisly and the plot is very well and logically plotted out. Reads like a film and so I am not surprised that the author is a screenwriter.

However and a very big however is this....

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Tahera
"Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets."

"Made my point? Come on, Detective. Must we continue this charade? We both know I have no point to make. That's why you find me so infuriating." He jacked his thumb at the priest. "And why I'm so dangerous to monsters like these. I'm not a product of some childhood trauma, whom you could stop if only you could get me to come to terms with my past. I don't have some psychosis that you can address with rational thought nor reli
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CYIReadBooks (Claire)
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 co
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San
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
The story is told from point of view of Paul Czarcik,the detective who is trying to find a serial killer. Daniel Longdon has already killed two people. I wished that we were kept in blindness for longer and find out later who the killer is. But still I found the plot interesting. Detective Paul is portrayed as not such a great person. He drinks during work and is kind of mess. But the dynamic between him and the killer was pretty great,

Thank you Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for the copy of the
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Jeanette
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because I love this author's style so intensely, I considered giving this a five. But the ending was too much "closing a complete circle" for me. It was nearly a perfect, and rather original posit until that point. I wish he would have left it hanging in the air a tiny bit more.

I've only come across this motive for equations about 2 or 3 times before in my 65 plus years of reading. And I have always wondered why it isn't set as framing to more books in this genre. Which, is not only who-dun-it
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Linda Strong
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Detective Paul Czarcik of the Illinois Bureau of Judicial Enforcement is not your usual detective. When he wants company, he hails an escort. No funny business, just some conversation, watch a movie. He also takes a smoke and a snort here and there. But he manages a daily regimen of weightlifting and running. He has a brain that never stops working, making him a huge asset to law enforcement. He's received multiple commendations and awards for his prowess in getting the bad guys.

Judge Jeral Robe
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Michelle
JUST RELEASED April 01, 2020!

Thank you to Netgalley as well as Thomas & Mercer for giving me an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

WOW!! I must say that I am thoroughly impressed, and a debut novel at that! Thomas Holgate is really going to go places if he continues to write with such intensity.

“What you should be asking yourself is, how much pain can I endure?”

Meet—Detective Paul Czarcik, a brash, outspoken member of the BJE ( Bureau of Judicial Enforcement)- an organizati
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The Book Gawdess
There are many crimes which are so heinous that we imagine killing the perpetrator. However, we don’t 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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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, alcoh ...more
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 tha
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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 poi
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Jannelies
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 when
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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 boo
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Sejla Kazaferovic
Unfortunately, I’m throwing in the towel. I have been attempting to finish this book for a month now and I just can’t. I DNF at 44%.

I was really thrilled to read this book considering it’s a debut from this author. The book wasn’t bad per se but there were a lot of factors that irritated me and I just did not contain the desire to continue with it.

I felt like there was an over abundance of details... and details are GREAT but in this book, the author was telling more instead of showing. An
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Kevin Dowson
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm on a bit of a hot streak at the moment, it seems like quite a while since I had to give a poor review.

This one was a gamble, I was a bit ambiguous based on the cover blurb - it could easily have been just a jumble of clichés. Happily, though, it works, even if the damaged and grizzled detective has been a little overdone in recent years. The difference here is that Czarcik is completely at ease with his vices and frailties, but doesn't let them stop him being a good detective. They have led
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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 thei
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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!!!
Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Everything about this book seemed like it would be up my alley. I love mysteries, though this one was more of a study of the crime than a mystery about the crime. I love Chicago, my second favorite city. But I never got that much into it. It was OK. It felt familiar and that I was just reading through to the end instead of devouring it and immersing myself in it. Something was just missing for me.
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.
Ed
Feb 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
"Avenging angels serial killer stays one step ahead of a rather loathsome detective from the Illinois Bureau of Justice who despite having the killers targets, remains a dollar short and a day late. I hung in for the resolution but this is one of those books where I pretty much hated every character in it. Way too dark IMHO..... ...more
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.
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Thi (bookedfortheweekend_)
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.
Aristotle
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Who are you?" she asked. "My guardian angel?"
Daniel blushed. The compliment warmed his heart.

What kind of serial killer is this guy?

The answer is he's not a serial killer.
Daniel, the serial killer, is out for justice in his own unique way.
Think eye for an eye.

What i found interesting about this book is how similar detective Paul Czarcik and Daniel Langdon are.
What would Paul do if he had months to live? Seek justice for those the system has failed? I think he would do just that.
A well written b
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Thomas Holgate has written feature films, television movies and series, nonfiction books, and countless magazine pieces published under a different name. Rain Will Come is his first novel.

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