The Rainy Day Killer

The Rainy Day Killer

by Michael J. McCann


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ISBN-13: 9780987708786
Publisher: The Plaid Raccoon Press
Publication date: 10/02/2013
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

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The Rainy Day Killer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Stop reading the reviews and get the book. Now. Did I enjoy this book: I really did. I can make this review really short and simple: Stop what you’re doing and go buy this book. This story grabs your attention on the first page and doesn’t let go until the end. Mr. McCann skips the stereotypical characters and predictable storyline to create an original and exciting murder mystery. Being a native of Virginia, where a lot of the action takes place, I found some of his geographical references a bit off. But no one will notice that but me. He is from Canada. And this is fiction. So I guess I can let our author off the hook on that one. Would I recommend it: Seriously y’all. Stop reading this and go get the book. Will I read it again: I never read a mystery twice. Once you know the outcome, it’s no fun. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The victims. For a lot of murder mystery novels, they serve as window dressing, empty composite sketches devoid of depth or personality. It's like staring at someone's driver's license and asking the reader to care about them. Name. Age. Hair color. Eye color. Height. That's about it. But not for Michael J. McCann. He invests the time in humanizing these poor souls that meet such a torturous end. He creates a poignant sense of empathy by having the reader walk around in their shoes for a while. These women are not nameless, faceless corpses to him. He brings them out of the shadows of anonymity and into the spotlight where they're meant to be. They're not props. They're the characters the narrative pivots around. Kudos to an author who recognizes that fact and gives them the respect and dignity that they deserve. The first is Theresa Olsen. She's a rookie second grade teacher. For the past couple of years, she's lived with her parents, attending college close to home. Moving into her first apartment, she's quiet and keeps to herself. She doesn't have many friends and isn't seriously dating anyone. She doesn't drink, smoke or take drugs. She's the typical all-around good girl. So when The Rainy Day Killer rings her doorbell and tells her that her parents have been in a car accident and that he's there to escort her to the scene - she believes him. The second is Liz Baskett. She's a starving artist living alone in a tiny apartment, barely making rent. She's a talented musician with no connections, so she sings at the local mall praying that shoppers will drop some spare change into her guitar case. She invests all of her money in instruments and recording equipment, hoping to record a demo and hit it big. Hundreds of miles away from her nearest family member, she doesn't get too close to the fellow musicians she comes in contact with, even though they describe her as gentle and sweet, making it almost too easy for The Rainy Day Killer to wipe her off the face of the earth. These two, lonely girls aren't just headlines to McCann, they're people. They stand out because of their vulnerability. They're individuals no one bothers to miss until it's too late. By shutting themselves off from the world and relying mainly on themselves to get by, they inadvertently place themselves in jeopardy. Their attempt to be self-sufficient and lead independent lives, unknowingly puts a target on their backs. Mentally deranged stalkers like The Rainy Day Killer prey on women like Theresa and Liz, who are considered the weakest members of society, inflicting their rage on the most defenseless among us. McCann provides a clear warning to women who live alone or lead isolated lives. Don't be too trusting of strangers, regardless of their appearance or tone of voice. Not everyone is who they seem to be, and it's always better to use an extra dose of caution than end up dead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love thrillers filled with mystery and intrigue and for me this one fit the bill. The Rainy Day Killer gives homicide detectives Karen Strainer and Hank Donaghue a run for their money.  It's truly a troubling scenario as very disturbing packages of body parts appear after multiple murders. Just as unsettling is the common demeanor of the killer. He is always dressed in a business suit and carrying an umbrella, catching unsuspecting women caught off guard. But the novel really turns into a page turning event when he zeros in on Karen intending to make her his next victim - at of all places - her wedding. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's always a treat to read a novel set in an area that I'm familiar with. I've visited the 'Baltimore - Washington, DC - northern Virginia' region several times and Michael J. McCann got it right with his depiction of it. The coastal atmosphere of the Chesapeake Bay. The congested six-lane traffic around the Capitol. The rolling farmland of the landed Southern gentry. I could picture these locations in my mind and see McCann's characters moving through these environments. But the most prominent aspect of the book's setting is its proximity to our nation's seat of power - both politically and militarily. The first murder victim's body is dumped under a bridge outside of Quantico, home of the U.S. Marine Corps. And as it turns out, all of the players involved in his capture are engaged in some kind of battle for supremacy of their own. Hank, the lead investigator, is gunning for the captain's chair, but an incompetent upstart might yank it out from under him. When the local police department finds out they're dealing with a serial killer, the FBI takes over the collection of evidence, ruffling more than few feathers in the process. When the murderer strikes twice in a two-month span, the case is turned over to a federal Special Ops task force, wresting control away from those originally assigned to the case. Firmly placing the novel in the context of both literal and figurative survival. Everyone is looking to gain some kind of advantage over an opponent. Careers are made or broken on these high profile investigations. One mistake is all it takes to land at the bottom of the food chain. Some are gunning to catch the killer for the praise and accolades afforded to the victor. While others who work the daily grind with their heads down and their ears open, just want him off the streets and away from any future victims. Their motives may be mixed, but they're all after the same result. How they get there is another matter entirely. From high end boutiques to abandoned warehouses, the killer leads them on a wild goose chase. He brazenly makes appearances from yuppie supermarkets to shopping malls in the midst of retail decline. He crosses the economic spectrum in search of his next target from suburban apartment complexes to Civil War era farmhouses. He's elusive. He's smart. And he thinks he's the one in control, no matter where he goes and what adversaries he comes across. He makes it personal. Surveilling his targets. Reaching out to the lead investigators. And so far, he has always been able to get away, ready to terrorize yet another town with his brand of brutality and fear. But even the best criminal masterminds make mistakes. And this time he may have gotten a little too close for comfort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I judge a thriller by how fast it zips along. And I can happily report that I flew right through this one like a speeding bullet. I've never read anything by McCann before and I was delightfully surprised by how this indie author thoughtfully crafted a superb thriller. The level of detail was impressive. It felt like an insider's look at a criminal homicide procedure and I was shocked to read in his bio that McCann had no previous background in law enforcement. The amount of time he spent on research truly paid off. The writing felt real, authentic. No hack job here. A large cast of characters is weaved through a pretty intricate plot. But what helps the reader through all the different names and technical terms is the sense of building tension throughout. The momentum is always moving forward. It never stalls. The pace is rapid, aided by date stamps at the top of each chapter. The killer first strikes Glendale in April (how apt, April showers, etc.) and wraps on the first day of June. There's never a dull moment as the killer repeatedly reaches out to personally taunt those who are hunting him. Once the killer is identified as being a white male, dark hair and short of stature, I immediately started zeroing in on every physical characteristic that McCann dropped about his characters. At least twice, I thought I had it figured out, but I was surprised at the reveal. The Rainy Day Killer wasn't who I thought he was. McCann pulled one over on me, having the character make a significant change to his appearance and throwing a major red herring into the mix right before the unveiling. But that's what I expect a mystery writer worth his salt to do. Throw me off balance. Keep me in the dark until the very end. Bravo, McCann. You duped me. Thank goodness The Rainy Day Killer isn't real (and I'm not blonde), or I'd be toast.
TheCharacterConnection More than 1 year ago
There's nothing I enjoy more than a male writer who knows how to write a strong female character, and Karen Stainer is my kind of girl. She grew up in a family of four brothers. She curses like a sailor. She can knock a grown man off his feet and have him begging for mercy. Since her father was a cop, it's no wonder that she followed in his footsteps to become a homicide detective. And when a serial killer sets his sights on her, she's not afraid. She wants to shoot him herself. Karen reminded me a lot of Debra Morgan from the hit TV show, DEXTER (who just so happens to be one of my favorite woman cops of all time). Karen is getting married, but she hates all the frills and fuss. She's no girly girl. She doesn't do bachelorette parties or bridal showers. But her future mother-in-law is making her jump through all the required hoops, making her grit her teeth and bears it for the sake of her fiance, Sandy. She doesn't want to waste time with flower arrangements or dress fittings. She just wants to nail The Rainy Day Killer before he strikes again. And Karen just so happens to be his type - petite, blonde, slender. She's seen the dead bodies of two of his victims he's killed in her town - the strangulation marks on their necks, their sliced off breasts, the grotesque way he positions the corpses to be found. He makes a mockery of all that she stands for, enjoying how he makes women feel weak and vulnerable and afraid. But Karen doesn't buy into his intimidation tactics. She's too smart for that. Whether she's running out of a dressing room in her underwear or dodging a bullet to the head, she has the guts to tell off the bureaucratic higher-ups and chastise underlings who drop the ball. She's a no nonsense professional when it comes to her job. Her phone is always on. Her gun is always strapped to her ankle, even when it's under her wedding dress. She's the kind of person who deserves to take down a sick S.O.B. like The Rainy Day Killer. But does she? As the cat and mouse game intensifies toward the end, it turns out to be anyone's game.
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Someone has been killing women during rain storms. The police’s only witness is an elerly woman that witnessed the abduction. Now every woman in Glendale is on high alert, looking for a man in a suit with an umbrella. Will they catch the serial killer before he kills again? What’s with his fixation with Karen Stainer? This book puts you on an emotional rollercoaster as you wonder, could it be him? The development of the story was well paced and made this a great page turner. Although this was book 4, it’s very good as a standalone. My only issue with the novel was that I feel that I was left hanging. We do find out who the killer is, but no reason why he started doing it or anything about him. There are loose ends that I felt would have satisfied my curiosity and made this a five star novel.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Julia Hopkinson for Readers' Favorite The Rainy Day Killer is the fourth in Michael J. McCann’s Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series: dark American police procedurals featuring Homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer of the fictional Glendale Police Department in Maryland. In this book they are pitted against a cunning and horrifying serial killer who is moving across the US, taunting the police and abducting, raping, mutilating, and murdering women, specifically on rainy days. When it realises the full extent of what - or who - it is dealing with, the Glendale PD calls in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, one member of which happens to be Detective Stainer’s fiancé. As the wedding day approaches, the Rainy Day Killer starts to take a worryingly keen interest in the bride-to-be. Although I had not read any of Michael J. McCann’s earlier Donaghue and Stainer novels, that did not affect my understanding or enjoyment of this book. The central story is self-contained and well-written and the characters are clearly drawn, realistic, and believable. McCann’s writing is very strong and his plot is tight enough to keep you turning the pages; I cared about what happened to the characters. The Rainy Day Killer commits some particularly nasty and unpleasant crimes and you might be glad of a strong stomach at some points. At times, I was reminded of Patricia Cornwell’s early Kay Scarpetta novels. Although the story has a fairly swift conclusion, which left me with one or two questions, that does not take away from a very enjoyable and thrilling novel. I will definitely be reading the preceding books.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
A serial killer who has killed women across the country and spends time taunting the authorities has come to Glendale, Maryland. Lt. Hank Donaghue is the lead investigator and the Rainy Day Killer begins a conversation with him by delivering a package with the newest victim’s body parts. Along with the FBI, Donaghue and Det. Karen Stainer race to find the killer before the body count in their fair city gets any higher. Meanwhile, there is a new pro tem captain who is only worried about everyone making her look good and Stainer is trying to plan her wedding. Will Donaghue and Stainer be able to take down the Rainy Day Killer quickly? THE RAINY DAY KILLER is a very thoroughly researched novel, in both police procedure and the psychology/behavior of serial killers. I enjoyed the chase, the cat-and-mouse game RDK played with Donaghue. The events leading up to the ending seemed a bit out of character for the killer. Yet, perhaps it was way to showcase how good Donaghue and Stainer truly are as detectives and as a team. Overall, I really did like THE RAINY DAY KILLER and I think I’d enjoy the previous novels in this series.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A serial killer enjoys the wet weather and is able to take his victims in broad daylight and keeps them captive for four days while they endure the most horrific demise, sounds like a great who dun it to me!  Set in a town close to where I live, this police force must use everything they have to catch this killer, especially when he decides to target one of their own while she is trying to get married. My one issue with this book was there were a few parts that were beyond predictable.  The two times the killer was very present, were overly obvious to the reader while the police detectives were clueless, I wish they had had a little more inkly earlier on as to when the killer was "seen."  Although beyond this point, I loved the whole search for this killer and enjoyed when he contacted the police force; it made the hunt exceptionally interesting.
Ginas-Library More than 1 year ago
This is a great non stop action book for any thriller, mystery genre lover. This book was non stop action from the very first page. I love how the Glendale police officers worked together to solve this case. They didn't even mind as much as I thought they would that the FBI was involved. Usually the locals don't like the Feds coming and taking over after they did all the beginning leg work. The Rainy Day Killer or RDK is one very twisted individual. His murders are done on rainy days and the victims are left raped and mutilated.  I would of liked to of found out who exactly the RDK was, not just a name. I found myself wanting to know why did what he did. What made him tick? What made him pick the victims he did? Why the towns that he chose? He moved around to a few different states. This is book 4 of a series for two police officers Donaghue and Stainer. I have not read any of the other books. It's safe to safe they can be read as a stand alone or the series. I will personally be looking for the other 3 books. I give this book the rating of 4 out of 5. That is only because of the questions I had about the RDK.