The Rainy Day Man

I recently finished The Rainy Day Man by Amnon Jackont. The book is listed on Amazon as "political mystery" but I'm not really sure where I would classify it. Basically, the plot revolves around Danny Simon, a retired Israeli explosions expert, getting sent to a small South Lebanese village with no real instruction. His bosses tell him that he is supposed to wait for intel from a local agent, though they never tell him who that is, in order to blow up something important, though they never tell him what that is either. As a result, he ends up living in this small town with no allies and no goal, which makes him question everything that has happened in his life up to now.

Maybe "political mystery" books are not for me. Like Danny, I spent the entire book waiting for something to happen. For his agent to contact him, for him to either get over his infatuation with a local woman or actually open up and do something about it instead of sneaking around behind everyone's backs, for him to step up and be a real father to his son. None of this really happened. The plot plods along chapter after chapter with no real progression in the story. It isn't until the final few chapters that the ball starts rolling. I would have been way more interested in the book if those events happened in the middle of the book instead of the end. 

If you are one of those people into political mystery-type books, please give the book a read and let me know if I am completely off-base. It is possible that I just haven't read enough of this genre to fully understand that this is how they work. For me, the book was just too boring. 

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