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Black Rain Falling by Jacob Ross

Black Rain Falling

Jacob Ross

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2 reviews

Imprint: Sphere
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9780751574449

By the Jhalak Prize-winning author of The Bone Readers comes a stunning literary crime novel set in the Caribbean.

4 stars out of 5
30 May 2020

"This is fine writing and a compelling story."

 Set on Camaho, a fictionalised Grenada, it paints a strong contrast between the vivid atmosphere, smells, tastes and colours of the Caribbean and the murky, casually brutal violence that can lie behind it...

Some readers may find the dialect, in which much of the narrative is delivered, initially daunting, but it’s beautifully balanced against muscular, conventional prose. This is fine writing and a compelling story.

 

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Joan Smith
8 Mar 2020

"Ross’s characters are exceptionally vivid"

Ross’s characters are exceptionally vivid, their relationships established through dialogue written with the lightest possible touch. His detective, Michael “Digger” Digson, is protective of a female colleague, Miss Stanislaus, who was raped and made pregnant years ago by a local gangster, Juba Hurst. The rapist has now appropriated land owned by Miss Stanislaus’s great-uncle on a neighbouring island, where the local cops are terrified of him. When the two detectives run into Juba by accident, the confrontation ends in his death, Miss Stanislaus is accused of murder — and Digger is given just six weeks to prove she was acting in self-defence.