Item description for Night Rain (Mike Connolly Mystery Series #4) by Joe Hilley...
Overview Dibber Landry lives in his uncle's house on Dauphin Island, a barrier island near the mouth of Mobile Bay. As a hurricane approaches, most of the island's permanent residents evacuate, but not Dibber, who has plundering on his mind. While rummaging through Inez Marchand's house, Dibber finds more than he expected-a dead body. Charged with murder, he turns to Mike Connolly for help. It's up to Mike to untangle a web of secrets no one else will touch.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.76" Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2007
Publisher David C. Cook
Series Mike Connolly Mystery
ISBN 1589190998 ISBN13 9781589190993
Availability 0 units.
More About Joe Hilley
Joe Hilley is an author who is also an attorney with an M.Div, degree. His broad experience and many years in the Deep South set a wonderful foundation for Sober Justice. Hilley lives in Fairhope, Alabama, with his wife Joy and their two young children, Laura Catherine and Jack.
Reviews - What do customers think about Night Rain (Mike Connolly Mystery Series #4)?
Great Author!!! Feb 6, 2008
Great book and a great author!!! Joe Hilley is a fantastic writer and a great person. I met Joe a couple of weeks ago and picked up this book. I could not put it down! Joe's use of imagery and character development is superb. Moreover, unlike other "legal thriller" authors, Joe actually knows what it's like to be in a courtroom because he practiced law in Alabama for several years before launching his writing career. Do yourself a favor and buy this book!!! You'll want to read more. I know I do!
Review From Infuze Magazine Jul 16, 2007
Night Rain Posted by Paul Rose Jr 01:53 PM Wednesday, 27 June 2007 | Permalink When we first met Attorney Mike Connolly in Sober Justice, he could barely make it through the day without a drink. He was divorced, estranged from his only daughter and newly born granddaughter, and sharing his bed with an exotic dancer. In Night Rain, his life has come full circle.
With Connolly's story, Joe Hilley has managed to do what many authors only dream of. In the four books, he not only tells stories that stand on their own, but also manages to create a complete story arc that spans all four novels.
When Dibber Landry decides to take advantage of the eye of the hurricane plaguing Mobile Bay by looting nearby beach homes, he gets more than bargained for, discovering a dead body. When the police discover the murder victim, Dibber quickly becomes their chief suspect. As usual, Mike Connolly is called in to defend a somewhat innocent man.
Due to the natural outgrowth of event s from the Electric Beach, Connolly is left for the first time without his primary investigator and friend, Hollis Toombs, which forces him to go through some events and into some neighborhoods that he'd rather avoid. As a result, Connolly comes face-to-face with more demons from his past - some that he didn't even realize were still an issue.
Hilley's writing is at its finest when he's doing two things - making a compelling court case, and showing his characters at their most human. While Mike Connolly was delivered from his addiction to alcohol through a spiritual experience in Sober Justice, he, like all alcoholics, is still tempted, and still falls. He still struggles with the other consequences and temptations of his old life, including lust and a fear of failure.
For the first time, Connolly manages to not drink once during this case, in part because he's distracted by the other issues he's dealing with. But it's a telling sign that while Connolly goes through more personally stressful problems than he's ever faced before, he never once takes a drink, or even thinks about it.
But, much like God's purpose for our lives, Hilley illustrates that God has a plan for Connolly's life as well - everything he's gone through since his revelatory experience in Sober Justice has led down the path to allow Connolly to resolve many of his personal demons and find reconciliation and redemption in many areas of his life.
Along the way, he does his best to defend his client, despite Dibber's propensity for lying and attempting to ignore or mask the truth in new and creative ways. But this story is far less about the case and much more about the development of Connolly. While I won't ruin the ending, anyone who has followed the Mysteries of Mike Connolly will find themselves satisfied and looking forward to the next chapter in his life.
Disappointing Jul 15, 2007
I purchased this book because I live on the Gulf Coast, and it's always fun to read about locations you can relate to....but, I found this book did not keep my interest and I had to force myself to keep reading. Sorry, Joe, I won't be following your stories.