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In this rain, S.J. Rozan

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In this rain
Title
In this rain
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S.J. Rozan
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eng
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Review
  • Rozan (Absent Friends, 2004) is a highly decorated mystery writer--she's won the Shamus, Edgar, and McAvity, among other awards. But it is her experience as a New York architect that provides the expertise behind this compelling, if somewhat convoluted, stand-alone tale of corruption in Manhattan's construction industry. In the novel's early pages, Rozan spins a web of seemingly interconnected characters and events, then gradually (perhaps, too gradually) untangles them. There's freshly paroled Joe Cole, wrongfully imprisoned after a child's death near a construction site; his former partner, Ann Montgomery, fueled by a toxic combination of ambition and wrath; and a host of politicians and community leaders with prickly personalities and dubious pasts. When a series of accidents, one fatal, takes place on a building site in the Bronx, Joe temporarily abandons his new, quiet life (and the garden that has become his salvation) to help Ann right some age-old wrongs. From the mean streets of Harlem to the chilly corridors of City Hall, Rozan vividly evokes New York City in all its sound and fury. -- Allison Block (Reviewed 11-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 5, p33)
  • Edgar-winner Rozan (Absent Friends ) draws on her experience as a professional architect in this complex thriller that focuses on New York City's construction and development business. Ann Montgomery, an officer in the New York Department of Investigation, shows up on former partner Joe Cole's doorstep with a file containing evidence pointing to a murder at a Mott Haven construction site. She needs Joe's help, but he's fresh off a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence connected to an earlier DOI investigation and wants nothing to do with the case. Meanwhile, the mayor of New York, Charlie Barr, is having problems with the press and political opponents who are questioning his dealings with big-time developer Walter Glybenhall, the mayor's pal and chief financial contributor. This is a New York story, steeped in political intrigue, ripe with descriptions of the city and its history. The payoff will be particularly rewarding for readers interested in big machines, both the kind that move earth and those behind political parties. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed October 16, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 41, p30)
  • Joe, a former Building Department inspector, has been unfairly implicated in a behind-the-scenes payoff that resulted in a little girl's death. While in prison, he loses his job, his family, and his trust. With this opening, Edgar Award winner Rozan (Absent Friends ) takes us into the steamy, corrupt world of city politics, race relations, and mob connections. Unfortunately, while the premise is good, Rozan never makes it come together into an exciting story and fails to give readers characters with whom they can empathize. Joe and his former partner, Ann, are not very likeable, and the other characters come across as stereotypical. The short chapters, multiple viewpoints, and choppy story lines also make this book hard to follow, unlike Rozan's last standalone novel, Absent Friends , whose characters you could really feel for and whose story line gave you something to think about. Recommended for large public libraries only. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/06.]—Marianne Fitzgerald, Annapolis, MD --Marianne Fitzgerald (Reviewed November 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 19, p59)
  • The author of the Lydia Chin-Bill Smith mysteries follows up her ambitious 9/11 novel (Absent Friends, 2004) with an equally wide-ranging anatomy of construction skullduggery.Nurse's aide Harriet Winston, killed by falling bricks as she's walking past the Mott Haven construction site in the Bronx, is the third victim of an accident at the blighted project. Are the accidents compelling evidence of Mott Haven contractor Walter Glybenhall's unfitness to take on the gigantic Harlem project he's angling for, or are they really sabotage planned by his enemies, as Glybenhall insists? As Mayor Charlie Barr tussles with Manhattan Borough President Edgar Westermann and Harlem community leader Ford Corrington, Glybenhall's principal rival for the new project, the casualties begin to mount. A gangbanger is tossed off a roof at Mott Haven. The guy who tossed him is gunned down. And death waits for a young woman who overhears the wrong phone call. It sounds like a job for the Buildings Department's internal inspectors, who investigate charges of corruption involving Buildings Department personnel. But star inspector Joe Cole has only recently finished serving three years in prison after perjured testimony implicated him in an earlier death he'd been probing. Now Joe's old girlfriend, wealthy inspector Ann Montgomery, is so intent on nailing Glybenhall, who years ago seduced her mother and menaced her, that she fails to read the same signs. Soon after she's enticed into throwing all her weight into accusations against Glybenhall, she realizes she's been set up too—just in time to get frozen out of the case and the department. The story is familiar, but Rozan embeds it in social fabric so dense and so convincing that everyone in the Big Apple, from power-hungry politicos to money-hungry developers to survival-hungry street kids, comes alive.An exuberant celebration of the rainbow city in all its crime-drenched glory. (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2006)
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Rozan, S. J
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3568.O99
LC item number
I6 2007
Literary form
fiction
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New York (N.Y.)
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adult
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In this rain, S.J. Rozan
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618526
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
387 pages
Isbn
9780385338042
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(hardcover)
Lccn
2006047405
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  • (OCoLC)70046100
Label
In this rain, S.J. Rozan
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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618526
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
387 pages
Isbn
9780385338042
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2006047405
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780385338042
  • (OCoLC)70046100

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