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Hit download now and venture into the eighth Stone Cold Thriller. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention mystery dying rain main detective death murder aids ending cancer numi sad kept jimmy solve friendship page repetitive brother killer. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Jim Booker is a retired detective. His best friend is Numi, short for Numilekunoluwa.
Eight months ago, Jim was given six months to live, so he knows he is on borrowed time. Numi takes care of Jim, while Jim, at times, rudely objects to too much physical or tender contact from Numi. After all, Jim is not gay, and doesn't want Numi to forget it. It's an interesting relationship. Jim's friend Eddie approaches him with a missing person job. Jim is really too weak to accept any more work, but this one strikes home. Their mutual friend Olivia is missing. Shortly after Jim takes the case, she is found dead.
In exactly the same place Jim's little brother was found dead twenty-two years ago. Suddenly, the case has a whole new meaning. As Jim investigates, another death occurs, unrelated to the other two, except for the fact that it, too, is discovered in the same location, with a similar MO.
In a lot of ways, this book is a huge downer, very depressing. This is because of Jim's condition, and the inevitable outcome. He is weak, sometimes so weak that he can't even draw breath and fears suffocation. Numi cares for him a great deal, and has no qualms about expressing his disdain toward people who would drain Jim's strength.
This is my first read of a J. Rain book, and I liked it. The ending was satisfactory, although, again, rather depressing. There is also an excerpt, after the book, of another novel, The Body Departed. That one seems interesting, as well, so perhaps I will look for it. This is a well-written book with an interesting character, but there will be no sequels and the writing and character are probably stronger than the mystery. Jim Booker is dying.
He is at eight months of the six months he was given by his doctor. He has AIDS, which is not killing him and he is a committed heterosexual. It is the lung cancer that is killing him. He is being cared for by his Nigerian friend, Numi, who seems like a saint and is a homosexual. The relationship between Numi is really one of the nice features of the book. Booker is visited by his life-long friend Eddie, who wants him to look for his missing wife. One thing leads to another, and the missing person case becomes an unsolved murder that looks a lot like the murder of Booker's brother twenty years before.
From there it is a matter of Booker following the leads while not dying. I liked the book a lot, but I had some problems with it. I didn't understand or buy how Booker's relationship with his hospice worker turned sexual so easily, or how Booker, who could barely move at the beginning of the story, had the strength to engage in a fight with the villain.
Likewise, the story, though extremely well-written and engaging, seemed to be rather straightforward with only a limited number of suspects. But the strength of the book is really the story about the dying detective, not the who-done-it. I do recommend it and I found J. Rain to be a writer worth reading. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. The novel was written in first person, present tense. While I detest present tense novels, that's the least of the problems.
I don't like writing bad reviews, but the novel revolved around a detective in the end stages of AIDS related cancer which I thought might be interesting depending on how the author handled it. I don't think the author handled it well.
He should've done much more research into HIV transmission and dying. Early on in the book, the detective is sitting outside at a coffee shop and is too weak to even move his arm out of the sun even though it's burning. One of his friends joins him to ask him to look for someone. When Booker tells the friend he caught it from a woman he was seeing, the friend says, "I didn't think you could catch HIV from a woman.
The author obviously did NO research into the transmission of sexually transmitted disease, including HIV. When I read that line, I almost stopped reading because it misinforms the reader. The story moves along at slow pace with the detective growing so weak he cannot change channels on the television and his mind begins to hallucinate to the point he thinks he's losing his mind.
However, his social worker not sure why he had a social worker since he wasn't on hospice or home health comes by and he tells her he loves her. While his caregiver is out getting coffee or something for Booker, the social returns for a social call and has wine with the detective, then they end up having sex.
He's too weak to move out of the sun or change the channel, but he can have sex? I've been a hospice nurse. This is another place the author should've done some real research. People in the last stages of life aren't strong enough for sex. Also, his caregiver, who ran an errand, never returns while Booker and his social worker are together. I figured the killer out very early on.
Most of the story was about the detective dying, and his relationship with his gay friend, Numi - who by the way was my favorite character in the book. See all 1, reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 9 days ago. Published 1 month ago. Published 3 months ago. Published 5 months ago. Published 7 months ago. Published 8 months ago.
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