Pray for Rain by Andrew Lowe [8/10]

A physically tough and mentally acute homicide detective, Jake Sawyer is also a psychological wreck besieged with a fraught past. In his fourth outing, “Pray for Rain,” he is hauled back to tackle a serial killer in his home ground of the Peaks District and finds himself chasing a brazen maniac. Author Andrew Lowe is a splendid stylist, deft and intelligent. The plot is a rocket, interweaving the chase, the police team scenes, Sawyer’s domestic life, and enemies from his past. I was especially taken by the sophisticated, jangly dialogue. Not a word is ever wasted. A brilliant tale that rewards reading in a single sitting. Bring on Sawyer number five!

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