Book Review: The Rainy Day Killer by: Michael J. McCann

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Plaid Raccoon Press

Publication Date: August 30, 2013

Origins:  From Tribute Books Blog Tours for Review

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Synopsis: A man in a business suit offers the protection of his umbrella to an unsuspecting woman, and several days later she turns up dead on a river bank, raped and strangled. The terrifying serial killer known in the press as the Rainy Day Killer is now hunting new victims in the city of Glendale ... whenever it rains.

Homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue leads the investigation as the killer begins to communicate directly to him through phone calls and grisly packages containing body parts of his victims. Assisted by FBI profiler Ed Griffin, Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer pursue an elusive predator who leaves no physical evidence behind. 

The timing couldn't be worse, however, as Karen Stainer's attention is divided between the investigation and preparations for her upcoming wedding. Distracted and uncertain about her future, Stainer is furious when she learns that the Rainy Day Killer has followed her to Virginia, where the wedding will take place, and that he intends to make her his next victim!

Author Bio: Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned a B.A. (Hons.) in English from Trent University and an M.A. in English from Queen's University. He has worked as an editor and a project and training consultant and manager with the federal government. He is an author of crime fiction and supernatural thrillers. His Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series includes Blood Passage, Marcie's Murder, The Fregoli Delusion, and The Rainy Day Killer. He is also the author of the supernatural thriller The Ghost Man and is currently working on another supernatural novel.

Review: 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.

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