Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Corruptible: A Ray Quinn Mystery by Mark Mynheir: Book Review

ISBN: 978-1-60142-074-9
This is not typically the genre book I normally seek out - it is more of a "man's book."   I do enjoy a good mystery, though, so that aspect grabbed me at the start.  And yet, from the get-go, the author, Mark Mynheir, cloaks the Protagonist, Private Investigator Ray Quinn, with  crisp dialogue that marks him as a former policeman, narcotics and homicide cop, and member of the elite group of defenders of society.  They live in a world vastly different from law abiding citizens.  They rub shoulders with baser elements of society and speak a lingo that is man-ish, cop-ish, and definitely geared for this type of story line.  I loved the colorful phrases. And could Ray Quinn turn a phrase with play on words and events! His wit just keeps coming out.

PI Ray Quinn owns The Night Watchman Detective Service.  He is now a PI because in the previous book he was badly wounded and now has a permanent limp necessitating the use of a cane and his "friend" Jim Beam (whiskey). 

Ray Quinn is not a Christian.  But his very good friend Pam is and she is praying.  Ray struggles with God and faith and alcoholism. 

The story line takes Ray Quinn to the world of big finance to track down some stolen client data.   Leads to murder.  Does some bashing drug dealing motorcycle gang thugs. 

An enjoyable read that even "Southern ladies" can get into.  I would recommend it for a good, clean read for anyone 16 and older who enjoys a good detective story.  It is an intense story and the plot twists and turns and will keep the reader on his/her toes.  Ray Quinn struggles with his alcoholism and with what awaits him after death.  His secretary, Pam, witnesses to him of God and Christianity in a believable manner.  The Corruptible is well written and the characters are very well developed and likeable or deserving of hate. 

Sometimes the first casualty...is the truth.
Ray Quinn is a tough, quick-witted former-detective-turned-PI hired to find a corporate security officer who’s made off with confidential client information. Or so he’s told. When Ray finds the officer dead in a motel he begins to wonder who the good guys really are—and at what price his soul can be bought.(from publisher's website)

Mark Mynheir
About the Author:  Mark Mynheir is the author of the Christy Award nominated The Night Watchman, the first Ray Quinn mystery. He has worked undercover as a narcotics agent, as a SWAT team member, and now investigates violent crimes as a detective with the Criminal Investigations Unit in central Florida, where he lives with his wife and three children. 
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DISCLOSURE:  I was provided a complimentary copy of The Corruptible by the publisher, Multnomah, in order to render my review.  I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Vera, I won a copy of this book but have not had a chance to read it yet. I am glad you enjoyed the book. Maybe I can work it into my schedule.


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