Riders on the Storm: A Sam McCain Mystery

Author:   Ed Gorman
Publisher:   Pegasus Books
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9781605986258


Pages:   252
Publication Date:   15 October 2014
Format:   Hardback
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Riders on the Storm: A Sam McCain Mystery


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When we last saw Sam McCain he had been drafted, along with his National Guard unit, to fight the war in Vietnam. But Sam's military career ended in boot camp when he was accidentally shot in the head and forced to spend three months in a military hospital to recover.Sam returns to his hometown of Black River Falls, where he works as a lawyer and an investigator for the court of the snobbish but amusing Judge Esme Ann Whitney. He also gets engaged to his high school classmate Wendy Bennett. Life is good until he is drawn into the bitter battle between the Vietnam veterans in town.The majority of veterans nationwide are angrily opposed to this new anti-war faction, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, feeling that it shames their patriotic service. Two of Sam's oldest friends are caught up in this same battle. Veteran Steve Donovan brutally belittles and finally savagely beats his old friend veteran Will Cullen when Cullen announces he's joined the anti-war group.When Cullen is found murdered, the obvious suspect is Steve Donovan, but Sam has serious doubts about the man's guilt. At least three people had reasons to murder Cullen, and Sam begins to suspect he'll discover even more as his investigation heats up, in this dynamic new politically-charged mystery novel by a veteran of the form.

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Author:   Ed Gorman
Publisher:   Pegasus Books
Imprint:   Pegasus Books
Dimensions:   Width: 16.30cm , Height: 2.00cm , Length: 23.60cm
Weight:   0.357kg
ISBN:  

9781605986258


ISBN 10:   1605986259
Pages:   252
Publication Date:   15 October 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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McCain-an intriguing mix of knight errant and realist-is good and thought-provoking company. -- The Seattle Times The kind of hero any small town could take to its heart. -- Marilyn Stasio - The New York Times (on 'Wake Up Little Susie') Gorman captures the time period perfectly. Gorman cleverly transplants the classic elements of noir into the quiet cornfields of Iowa. -- Shelf Awareness This sequel to Sam McCain's eighth case, Ticket to Ride (2010), originally announced as his last, has got to be great news for fans of the sharpest investigator in yesteryear Iowa. The final revelation will take most readers by surprise. -- Kirkus Reviews Gorman skillfully depicts Vietnam veterans' complex, often contradictory feelings toward the war. Classic noir. -- Publishers Weekly Gorman is a prolific, award-winning author, and the McCain series may be his best work. This is an extended, nuanced fictional biography with an occasional mystery thrown in. Great reading. Welcome home, Sam. -- Booklist (starred review) Ed Gorman is the poet of dark suspense. -- The Bloomsbury Review Sam McCain has the rueful wisdom and charm of an exemplary hero who is curious not only about whodunit but also about some of the more elusive riddles of human existence. -- San Francisco Chronicle


Besides getting the pop culture of the period right, Gorman captures the baffled frustration of provincial folk who don't want to believe that things are more complicated than they look.


McCain-an intriguing mix of knight errant and realist-is good and thought-provoking company. The kind of hero any small town could take to its heart. -- Marilyn Stasio Gorman captures the time period perfectly. Gorman cleverly transplants the classic elements of noir into the quiet cornfields of Iowa. Gorman's successfully-drawn literary picture of Sam McCain's coming of age comes to a close in the satisfying Riders on the Storm. This sequel to Sam McCain's eighth case, Ticket to Ride (2010), originally announced as his last, has got to be great news for fans of the sharpest investigator in yesteryear Iowa. The final revelation will take most readers by surprise. Gorman skillfully depicts Vietnam veterans' complex, often contradictory feelings toward the war. Classic noir. Gorman is a prolific, award-winning author, and the McCain series may be his best work. This is an extended, nuanced fictional biography with an occasional mystery thrown in. Great reading. Welcome home, Sam. Ed Gorman is the poet of dark suspense. Sam McCain has the rueful wisdom and charm of an exemplary hero who is curious not only about whodunit but also about some of the more elusive riddles of human existence.


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Ed Gorman is the beloved author of dozens of mystery novels, including the New York Times bestselling Frankenstein, which he co-wrote with Dean Koontz. He has received the Shamus Award, the Spur Award, and the International Fiction Writers Award. Ed lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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