The TBR Pile posted an 4-star review this morning of Box of Rain.
“Booker is trying to better himself after living his life in foster care. When he finds a body in the trash it’s bad enough then he looks closer to see it’s just a head. The head of someone he knows. Jo is a reporter dealing with personal issues. She’s all to happy to look into the case and finds that more people have gone missing. What exactly is going on? Will they get out of this alive?
This is the third book in the series and I had no problem following the story.
I really liked Booker. He was always trying to do the right thing. The mystery was really interesting. I think the details sort of shifted the story for me. Like the insurance on a 97-year-old man, that seems unlikely. A homeless boy that can afford a cell phone. Little details that just didn’t add up. I liked the side characters and the mystery was really good. I found the other disappearances very intriguing. Jo was a little harder to like but she’s going through a lot so I think the stress made her character ornery. This is the third book in the series and I had no problem following the story.
From the TBR: Highly Recommended Read!
The Chicago Review of Books posted an awesome review this morning of Box of Rain. Click the link at the end to read the whole wonderful thing, but here are some of my favorite quotes:
“Box of Rain is the third in a series of “Street Stories” suspense novels focusing on the gritty side of Chicago. In this briskly paced story, Debra Borys weaves together two narratives: one about a young black man falsely suspected of murder and on the run from police, the other about a reporter on the case as she grapples with her father’s dubious past.”
This quick-paced, sometimes dark, but ultimately good-hearted novel aims for light entertainment with a straightforward message, not unlike the spirited Chicago detective novels of Sarah Paretsky.
“The characters are lightly but clearly sketched in their precarious situations and there are several nuanced angles to the story. For instance, not all of the people striving to help these young men are thoroughly “good.” Many show traces of both compassion and stubbornness or even ruthless greed. The young men themselves are far from perfect. The police show both concern and callousness. The reporter has more than her share of doubts about the young men; she is not their unfailing champion. Personal problems leave her irritable and sharp-tongued—a possible hindrance in her investigation. All this adds up to poor odds for a young man mired in a major criminal case.
This quick-paced, sometimes dark, but ultimately good-hearted novel aims for light entertainment with a straightforward message, not unlike the spirited Chicago detective novels of Sarah Paretsky. Box of Rain will not surprise those familiar with the problems between young black men and law enforcement. But with its tightly knit plot and a few good twists, this novel may be recommended for YA and general readers curious about how unconscious biases can lead to vicious cycles of distrust.”
From Chicago Book Review: Gritty but Ultimately Good-Hearted
You can now order print books of Box of Rain from your local bookstore, online, or get a signed copy directly from me.
John Byk of Writers Alive has been on my mailing list since he did a podcast interview of me for the release of Painted Black back in 2011. When he received my latest notice about Box of Rain being released in print later this month, he contacted me to ask if I would be interested in doing another interview.
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Of course I said yes! My 2011 appearance on his show was fun and an invaluable opportunity. He was a great host and made the live interview–which was my first ever as a published author–a great experience. I expect this one will be as well. I’ll post here whenever we get a date set up.
In addition, John offered to do a review of Box of Rain. In his role as an author interviewer, he has picked up quite a few review followers on Goodreads, so being reviewed by him will mean tremendous exposure. I am grateful for his interest and look forward to hearing what he thinks of the book.
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