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Title:
Riders on the storm
Author:
Gorman, Edward.
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Edition:
1st Pegasus Books ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
xiv, 193 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
When we last saw Sam McCain he had been drafted 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 part-time investigator) for the court of the snobbish but amusing Judge Esme Ann Whitney. 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.
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English
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ISBN:
9781605986258
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When we last saw Sam McCain he had been drafted 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 part-time investigator) for the court of the snobbish but amusing Judge Esme Ann Whitney.

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.


Author Notes

Edward Joseph Gorman was born on November 2, 1941 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended Coe College, but didn't graduate. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked for 23 years in advertising, public relations, and politics. His first novel, Rough Cut, was published in 1984. In 1985, he founded Mystery Scene Magazine and was the executive editor until 2002.

He wrote crime fiction, horror fiction, and western fiction under his own name and several pseudonyms. Using the pseudonym Daniel Ransom, he wrote horror and science fiction books including Daddy's Little Girl, The Babysitter, Nightmare Child, The Fugitive Stars, and Zone Soldiers. Using the pseudonym Richard Driscoll, he and Kevin D. Randle co-wrote the Star Precinct trilogy. Under his own name, he wrote crime and mystery books including Wolf Moon, The First Lady, the Sam McCain Mystery series, the Robert Payne Mystery series, the Jack Dwyer Mystery series, and the Dev Conrad Mystery series. His novel The Poker Club was adapted into a movie in 2008. He also wrote The First Lady and Senatorial Privilege under the pseudonym E. J. Gorman. He edited many volumes of science fiction, horror, and crime.

He received numerous awards including a Spur Award for Best Short Fiction for The Face in 1992, the Anthony Award for Best Critical Work for The Fine Art of Murder in 1994, and an International Horror Guild Award for Cages in 1995. He also received the Shamus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the International Fiction Writers Award, and The Eye, the lifetime achievement award given out by the Private Eye Writers of America. He died after a long battle with cancer on October 14, 2016 at the age of 74.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Sam McCain is back home from the service in Black River Falls, Iowa. Vietnam is still raging, and the town has a number of returned vets, many missing limbs or struggling with horrific memories. Before he could be deployed, Sam was severely injured when the jeep in which he was a passenger was rolled by the drunken sergeant driving it. For many months, Sam wasn't sure who he was. There are still headaches, but his memory is back. He's doing routine work as a lawyer until his friend Will Cullen, involved in Vietnam Veterans against the War, is beaten badly by war cheerleader Steve Donovan, who is murdered a couple days later, leaving Cullen as the obvious suspect. Sam dons his investigator cap and backtracks through Donovan's life, looking for a motive and a killer. Gorman is a prolific, award-winning author, and the McCain series may be his best work. Black River Falls is a changing industrial city in the early seventies, and McCain is changing with it. The simmering political climate is perfectly rendered and affects every character. As the series progresses, Sam matures and grows slightly more cynical with each case. This is an extended, nuanced fictional biography with an occasional mystery thrown in. Great reading. Welcome home, Sam.--Lukowsky, Wes Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Gorman's formulaic 10th Sam McCain mystery (after 2011's Bad Moon Rising) focuses on the domestic conflict over the Vietnam War. Steve Donovan, an Iowa congressional candidate, savagely beats his fellow Vietnam veteran, Will Cullen, after Will announces he's joined an antiwar group. When Donovan is found dead in a Black River Falls parking lot the next morning, everyone except for Sam, a lawyer cum investigator, assumes that Will took his revenge. Gorman skillfully depicts Vietnam veterans' complex, often contradictory feelings toward the war-from rabid patriotism to rage toward the government-but is less subtle in the way he presents his female characters, who are all mysterious, arousing, and wear clothes that "love" their bodies (e.g., "A gray skirt that loved every inch of her lower body as the turquoise blouse loved the upper"). The cynical, detached, and plainspoken Sam, a detective in the classic noir tradition, redeems the paint-by-the-numbers plot. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

The night after Steve Donovan beat up Willie Cullen at a party during which Donovan had announced his congressional candidacy, Donovan was murdered, and Cullen was charged with the crime. Donovan, a recent Vietnam veteran running on a patriotism platform, disliked fellow vet Cullen because of his affiliation with an antiwar veterans group. Few of Cullen's friends think he is capable of murder despite having motive, opportunity, and means: the murder weapon was found in his car. Attorney and private investigator Sam McCain, Cullen's friend of 25, knows Cullen is innocent and sets out to prove it. However, McCain's job is made more difficult because Cullen is hospitalized and not speaking. Verdict In this tenth entry (after Bad Moon Rising) of a historical series that spans 1958 through 1971, McCain struggles with his own recent soldiering injuries and relationship issues, hiding neither his antiwar sentiment nor his disgust with prowar politicians who manage to keep their sons at home. He can be forceful, humorous, and tender. While there is little violence, there is enough action here to satisfy mystery fans who also like the human side of their detectives.-Edward Goldberg, Syosset P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.