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Cold Winter Rain (Slate Book 1) by [Gregory, Steven]
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About the Author

Steve Gregory was born in a cotton-mill town in north Georgia. His parents moved to the family farm when he was nine. Steve earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Alabama in the early 1980s. He worked as a stockbroker for a few years, then earned a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and practiced law for more than twenty years. As a lawyer, Steve defended a couple of gentlemen facing capital murder charges. He finds writing about murder much less stressful. Cold Winter Rain is Steve's first novel and the first of a series featuring the man called Slate.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Oak Mountain Press, LLC (22 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F4DGUT8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,515,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Slate, (he goes by the one name)is a lawyer dealing with psychological problems after the death of his family in an accident. He takes to living on a boat and runs a bar on the beach. In his spare time he finds missing people for clients. Kramer approaches him to find his missing daughter. He doesn't think the police are doing enough to find her. Slate arrives in the city, but is only there two days when a captain from the Homicide Division gets in touch. Kramer's body has been found on the railtrack. He had Slate's business card in his pocket. Is there a link between the missing girl and the death of her father? What part do Kramer's wife and son play? Sally, the missing girl's sports coach becomes involved with Slate. It is a good story, well written and I look forward to reading more Slate stories in the future.
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Steven Gregory's 'Cold Winter Rain' can be described in one word: Real.
If you're looking for a thriller with guns, police chases, drug deals and silly plot twists, this is not the book. By this, I just mean it's true to life. The main character is someone you wouldn't be surprised to bump into in the street - a normal guy with a sad past who runs a PI office behind his little bar, eats bagels and meditates - and the case he is given is exactly what I would expect a real private investigator to take on. It helps, too, that the author is clued up on the ins and outs of all things law (after all, he did practice for twenty years). In fact, just about everything in the book felt like it came from a solid knowledge base which I always appreciate - there's nothing worse than a book where the author doesn't know what they're talking about.
Having said this, I did feel it got a little 'lecture-like' at times, where certain pieces of information could have been skipped without compromising the story. I'm sure, for a lot of people, it proves interesting to read about things outside their own knowledge field, but I'm not big on non-fiction, myself.
Gregory also spends a lot of time building up his main character, Slate, to make him this unique, stand-out figure who will stay with people long after they have finished the book. In some ways this was achieved - everything about him feels real (there I go with that word again) from his past to how he ended up where he is, doing what he's doing. My issue is, there is just no emotion, which is strange for a book written in the first person. Every action, every incident is detailed very well - nicely written with a little humour thrown in - but at no time do we really get an insight into how Slate feels about anything.
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I only made it 19% in and packed this up. It seemed to me it had the touch of a smartarse about it. Too many legal details used which weren't needed..."I was evaluating my investment strategy for the transition to the renminbi as the world's reserve currency"...huh ??? Might as well be written in Persian !! Plus I never read books about the "mob" as I find they don't interest me at all. As soon as I see Mafia/mob in a synopsis I choose to not download. However, this one didn't mention it.
I also have no truck with Buddhism or anything like that which our story hero is into and that put me off him and then I happened across a murder scene in the story where Slate lied........for no reason at all. It was silly. I then read this which meant nothing to me-"...outpaced the TSA at LaGuardia". I know the latter is an airport but I've no idea what the TSA is and I wasn't interested enough to look it up. I gave in when he went down to the cloverleaf onto Highway 280 East. Means nothing whatsoever to me. Maybe the author didn't consider foreign readers.
It did redeem itself in that I got this far and hadn't found any mistakes. That always merits an extra star for me these days.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars a new source for Southern male Gulf Coast noir 19 Nov. 2013
By southerncrimeserieslover - Published on Amazon.com
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If you can't get enough of the work of John D. McDonald, Greg Iles, James Lee Burke, and other Southern male coastal noir, this author is going to be your new 'fix'. This is the first of the series, so the author still has a few kinks to work out towards the end of the book on pace and disclosure. The clipped, staccato breaks that keep the novel moving fast in the beginning do not work as well toward the end of the novel when the reader is dying for more details. But don't let this bother you. Savor instead the descriptions of marina life on the Alabama Gulf coast, the thrill of flying a fighter jet in and out of the tiny Gulf Shores airport, those wonderful Frank Stitt restaurant scenes in Birmingham, and the knowledge that you are about to have a new favorite noir guy voice (Slate) to tell you all the inside stuff about....well.....all that guy stuff that guys like to read about: implied sex, money, guns, good whiskey, good food, investments, exotic airplanes, expensive sports cars, working out, did I mention sex?, etc :). Bring on #2.
5.0 out of 5 stars You need to get this one! 9 Jan. 2015
By Joe B. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a great read! I found myself trying to get into Slate's head, then Sally's and then Mom Kramer's. The characters are intriguing and believable. The last few chapters supply ample twists and (hopefully) give clues about Slate's sequel adventures. I am looking forward to seeing what comes next!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read ... 27 April 2014
By Lynda Atwood - Published on Amazon.com
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I shall never go anywhere in Birmingham, Gulf Shores, or New Orleans without believing that Slate is nearby. I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 7 Oct. 2013
By muffy - Published on Amazon.com
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Keeps you reading right from the first page!! Slate is an interesting character and will look forward to reading more of Mr Gregory's books.
5.0 out of 5 stars You can just picture the whole narrative. 11 Mar. 2014
By Patricia A. Frederick - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a Birmingham native, visit the Gulf coast regularly, and love a well written whodunit with surprise ending. I was starting to suspect the killer but enjoyed the ending.
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