Saturday, February 18, 2012

Book Review: The Corrupible by Mark Mynheir

I got a chance to read Mark Mynheir's "The Corruptible" when I was browsing through the selection of books at Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging For Books website. It sounded like an interesting book: a book about a Private Investigator, written by a Christian author. I've enjoyed reading whodunits and mystery novels, especially when they're not sprinkled liberally with profanity. Sometimes crime novels have sleazy characters, and the language in the books reflects their sleaziness. It takes some creativity to work around that, and Mark Mynheir does.

At first, I wasn't sure how much I liked the characters in the book. This book starts out "Dying on the toilet was not the way I envisioned leaving this world." That may be the most "interesting" opening line I've ever read in a novel. The protagonist, Ray Quinn, is an ex-cop with a painful past, a bum leg and a fondness for Jim Beam. He grew on me, though, as did his partner Crevis, and their friend Pam, a school teacher who shares her knowledge and faith.

Ray and Crevis are scraping along with their PI agency when they are summoned to the office of Armon Mayer. He tells Ray he will pay him generously to find an employee, an ex-cop, who disappeared with some very valuable information. He's a sleazy character, surrounded by sleazy henchmen. I loved the way Ray Quinn dealt with the germophobic Armon Mayer.

The twists and turns in the plot kept me guessing. Ray's sense of humor kept me smiling (or laughing out loud). Crevis's loyalty to his boss and Pam's faithful presence kept me hoping that Ray would find healing from his past, and hope for his future.

I enjoyed this book so much that I bought the first book in the series, "Night Watchman", plus two other books by Mark Mynheir. You can be sure that as soon as the next book in the series comes out, I'll be getting it. The story of Ray Quinn isn't done yet!

Want to check it out? You can download the first chapter of the book here.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

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