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Hard Rain

(1988)
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Publisher's Weekly
In Washington, D.C., the wife of a senator from Vermont, venerable leader of a intelligence committee, flunks a pro forma lie-detector test. In L.A., Jessie Shapiro's former husband doesn't return with their 10-year-old daughter after a weekend trip. From these starting points, Abrahams (The Fury of Rachel Monette) weaves an intricate, convincing thriller that reaches back to the smoke-laden days of Woodstock, to the jungles of postwar Vietnam and the highest offices of Soviet and American intelligence. After escaping from kidnappers who lure her with information about her little girl, Jessie flies to Vermont where her ex-husband and daughter have been seen. She traces her ex to his old college town and calls on the last survivors of his former commune. The senator's wife, followed by an almost over-the-hill secret agent, is also in town for a ceremony commemorating her only son who died in Vietnam. Jessie and the senator's wife soon cross paths, precipitating an alliance with the agent that will change several lives as their investigations reach an explosive end. Abrahams peoples his intricate plot with vivid, sympathetic characters and places them against a background of '60s music, drugs and subverted ideals to come up with a sure-fire winner, especially for those who recognize the title.

Library Journal
Divorced from an irresponsible studio musician, Jessie Shapiro barely manages to support herself and her daughter by restoring paintings. Suddenly, her daughter and ex-husband disappear. Jessie finds a warning on his answering machine, but later it's erased. Then her best friend, wearing Jessie's slicker, is run over. Jessie sees a sinister pattern, but the police dismiss her fears. As Jessie tracks her daughter across the United States, she uncovers a deadly secret from his college days during the Vietnam era. Hard Rain is a solid mystery/political thriller about a self-reliant average woman thrown without warning into a smoky conspiracy. Riveting.A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington , D.C.

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Hardback Editions

February 1988 : UK Hardback
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Title: Hard Rain
Author(s): Peter Abrahams
ISBN: 0-450-42328-X / 978-0-450-42328-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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January 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hard Rain
Author(s): Peter Abrahams
ISBN: 0-525-24581-2 / 978-0-525-24581-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Paperback Editions

July 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hard Rain
Author(s): Peter Abrahams
ISBN: 0-450-50081-0 / 978-0-450-50081-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: New English Library Ltd
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February 1989 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Hard Rain (Onyx)
Author(s): Peter Abrahams
ISBN: 0-451-40113-1 / 978-0-451-40113-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Onyx
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Audio Editions

February 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Hard Rain
Author(s): Peter Abrahams
ISBN: 1-5113-7653-8 / 978-1-5113-7653-2
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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October 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Hard Rain
Author(s): Peter Abrahams
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October 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Hard Rain
Author(s): Peter Abrahams
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Hard Rain
Author(s): Peter Abrahams
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

July 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hard Rain
Author(s): Peter Abrahams
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
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