"Sheer quality and elegance ... a thing of literary beauty"
David Rain’s skill in imagining the life of “that boy” is instantly apparent. As narrator it is Trouble’s contemporary Woodley Sharpless who recounts different phases of their complex friendship in an ingenious operatic structure and with a highly engaging voice. The historical setting is vividly rendered, from the decadence of 1920s New York to the terror and cruelty of the atomic bomb. Strong on characterisation and with moments of heartrending pathos, what impressed me above all was the sheer quality and eloquence of David Rain’s prose. The Heat of the Sun is a thing of literary beauty.