Dec 20, 2010

The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello

Forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns home for Christmas but discovers Richmond, Virginia running low on goodness and light.

Although her exemplary service in Seattle lifted her disciplinary transfer, Raleigh lands a hometown civil rights case riddled with problems that could get her sent away again. When she helps out a fellow cop, her life goes on the line, forcing her undercover in a sting operation. As Raleigh realizes the lines are crossing and double-crossing, her domestic life starts to unravel. Her mother's mental health cracks like ice, her closest friend grows cold, and her old boyfriend DeMott comes a-calling, hoping for more than chestnuts by an open fire.

While the city glows with Christmas lights and carols, Raleigh is forced to rely on her sharpest skills to stay alive, hoping for that one clear moment when everything makes sense and the clouds roll away.


Sibella Giorello grew up in Alaska and majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College. After riding a motorcycle across the country, she worked as a features for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her stories have won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. She now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons. Find out more about Sibella and her other books at her website.

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About The Clouds Roll Away - "Beautifully written with exquisite descriptions, Giorello's mystery also features well-developed characters..."
—Booklist, starred review


The Clouds Roll Away is a story about a female FBI agent as she investigates a modern day cross burning at Rapland, the home of a well known rap singer.  I found the storyline different than so many books, and it was a refreshing change. 

Raleigh puzzles over her mother's rather bizarre behavior as she tries to deal with the loss of her husband.  The relationship between Raleigh and her long-time friend DeMott keeps everyone guessing. All of this happens in her personal life as she tries to solve the mystery of the burning cross, some strange and rare chemicals, and numerous murder victims.  The plot gets very interesting when she starts to question who the real victim is.

This entire book is filled with unexpected twists and turns, and it's a real page turner. It combines a detailed FBI investigation, an extremely dangerous undercover assignment, a little romance, and a journey of faith.  I am very interested in reading other books in the Raleigh Harmon series, The Rivers Run Dry (March 2009) and The Mountains Bow Down (coming in Spring 2011).

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Clouds Roll Away through Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for my honest review.

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