Only the Rain – Randall SilvisOnly the Rain – When family man and war veteran Russell loses his job as a quarry worker, his life suddenly seems more like a waking nightmare than a chance to finally live the American dream. Facing bills, a new baby, and a bone-dry bank account, he’s got nothing left to lose. Russell comes to the rescue of a naked stranger dancing in the rain, and what was supposed to be a straightforward good deed turns into a spiral of danger. When Russell finds an enticing stash of money in the woman’s house, he knows the cash could be his only hope. Taking just a handful will save his family’s future.
His “victimless crime” seems to be anything but risky—until the criminals he robbed come looking for their dirty money. Russell’s ready to surrender it, but then his daughter gets sick…and he must choose between saving her or giving the devils their due. Someone’s going to pay. The question is, how much?
Would you steal in order to help your family? In the past, I would have answered yes. But as I read Randall Silvis’s suspenseful Only the Rain, I hesitated.
Russell is a down-on-his-luck Iraq vet. He had a good job, but he lost it. And now he and his wife are expecting another baby. On a rainy night, he comes across an obviously impaired woman dancing in the rain and helps her back inside, where Russell spots dozens of boxes of cash. Would one box be missed? Didn’t he earn a reward?
Soon, though, the very cash he hoped would save his family is putting them in danger.
Russell tells his story via letters he’s sending to an old friend, but there’s never a response. When the chips are down, Russell, like many of us, is seemingly alone in the world. And all because he did a good deed.
But as the tale unfolds I had to wonder, Was Russell’s action really good? Or was it selfish opportunism?
Would you steal the money? Read Randall Silvis’s deft suspense novel to find out where your morals lie.
Randall Silvis is the internationally acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, one story collection, and one book of narrative nonfiction. He is also a prize-winning playwright, a produced screenwriter, and a prolific essayist who has been published and produced in virtually every field and genre of creative writing. His numerous essays, articles, poems, and short stories have appeared in the Discovery Channel magazines, the Writer, Prism International, Short Story International, Manoa, and numerous other online and print magazines. His work has been translated into ten languages.
Silvis’s many literary awards include two writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize; a Fulbright Senior Scholar research award; six fellowships for his fiction, drama, and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree awarded for “distinguished literary achievement.
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