Not long after burned-out Chicago reporter Tom Coleman moves to Nebraska having inherited his grandfather's land and boating lodge, he stumbles on an accident scene and is thrust into piecing together what happened, why, and how lodge personnel might be involved.
Recovering from the loss of his daughter to leukemia and subsequent breakup of his marriage, Coleman takes a passive role for much of the novel; however, this is a good change of pace from more classically heroic, less complex protagonists, making for an unpredictable read. Adding interest are Coleman's attempts to bond with the teenaged son of a childhood friend and Coleman's personal search for peace of mind.
Other writers might try too hard to make points or deliver messages. Doolittle lets readers make up their own minds about the characters and what happens to them.
Rain Dogs is the April featured novel on DetecToday. Sean Doolittle will chat with group members this Sunday, April 23, 7:00 - 8:00PM Central.