Because the Rain A Novel

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-22
  • Publisher: Picador
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Critically acclaimed author Daniel Buckman tells with noirish lyricism the story of two men-a cop and a Vietnam vet-and the Vietnamese call girl who unites them Mike Spense has traded in his dream of becoming a writer for the hard reality of a beat cop. Donald Goetzler is a retired businessman and Vietnam vet who wants the world to remember and understand the war. These two broken men will see their dark fantasies converge through a Vietnamese prostitute, and a shattering, poetic act of retribution. Daniel Buckman's Because the Rain is a gripping crime drama, and a stirring meditation on the home-front fallout of the Vietnam War.

Author Biography

Daniel Buckman served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division. Because the Rain is his fourth novel.



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"Buckman is a writer of considerable talent, able to turn on a dime from mapping the consuming perils of trauma with brusque, Hemingwayesque jabs to lilts of startling beauty detailing the tiniest gestures of longing. . . . [Delves] creatively and gracefully into the ghost-fields of America's Vietnam conscience."--Booklist


"A dark and pulpy tale . . . Buckman writes convincingly of Vietnam vets and captures nicely the disillusionment his characters share. It's a bleak but redeeming read."--Publishers Weekly


"Buckman's work rises to a new level. The writing is accomplished, confident, and at times just downright beautiful."--Chicago Reader

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