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Posted October 3, 2011
Another book to review, finally! I just finished reading Mark Mynheir's The Corruptible. For fans of the Christian-based detective stories, like myself, this is a winner! Full of flawed, fully-human characters, twists and turns, mystery and humor, this was a very enjoyable read and I am looking forward to more in the series. I have a mental picture in my head of the story's protagonist, detective Ray Quinn, and I can't wait to see how things progress for him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Posted May 23, 2011
A mediocre murder mystery
"The Corruptible" by Mark Mynheir is a book I received from Waterbrook Multnomah in their Blogging for Books program. I chose this book out of what they had available because it looked like a good 'cop' novel and who doesn't love a good cop novel?
This is part of Mynheir's "Ray Quinn Mystery" series, the most recent one. I have not read any of the others in the series but I do not feel that this hindered my opinion of the book in any way. There were enough details of the past given to fill me in on the pieces I needed to know in order to enjoy this installment.
Ray Quinn is a private investigator and used to be a homicide detective. He was injured on the job and has subsequently become very good friends with Jim Bean. His PI business is struggling so when he meets with a new client who gives him a check with a lot of zeros, Ray immediately jumps at the opportunity. He thinks it should be a simple job: find Logan Ramsey. Ramsey is an ex-cop turned security officer who takes sensitive client info from his employer then disappears. But soon after receiving this information, Ramsey is found dead and the missing hardrive is nowhere in sight.
Rays new client, Armon Mayer, is Logan's employer. Mayer tells Quinn that Ramsey has stolen sensitive client information from him, but it is soon apparent that Mayer is a pretty shady dude. Ray starts to uncover things that make him suspect that Armon has not given him the entire story regarding Logan and why it is that he has hired Ray Quinn for this job. Armon's secretary Megan becomes attracted to Ray. They go on a few dates and Pam thinks there's something fishy with this situation. Could there be something deeper going on? Something connected to her boss Armon?
Ray was a cop until he was shot and suffered a devastating hip injury. His lover Trisha was killed in the same instance. Both of these added together throw Logan into a depression paired with a drinking problem that you can see progressing throughout the book. Ray's friend Pam, who works for him part-time at his office, is concerned about this growing drinking problem and is always mentioning her faith in God and how Ray needs to change. Ray normally blows her off and tries to immediately change the subject.
Pam also several times brings up the fact that Ray was abandoned by his mom at a young age and grew up in foster care. She has found his case files and encourages him to find his mother. Much like he blows off her religion, he always finds something more important than looking in to his own past.
Some of the connections Quinn makes in the unfolding crimes in the book are not fully explained to the reader. Unless you're gifted in the art of solving crimes yourself (which...I'm not) then some things don't completely make sense.
Overall, I am not quite sure how I feel about this book. Its subject matter is great...the idea of the story is great but I feel that some aspects were over developed while others were not developed enough. I noticed that this copy of the book is an "advanced reading copy" so I'm not sure if there would be any major changes made in the final edition....but I would almost hope so.
On a scale of 5 stars I would give this book 3 of 5.
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Posted May 9, 2011
Nothing Groundbreaking, but Entertaining
The Corruptible is standard detective novel fare. The hero Ray Quinn, a tough ex-cop is hired by a shady character to solve a simple case of corporate theft. Detective Quinn soon meets complications that lead to a tangled web of motive, alibi, and deceit that must be cunningly managed to bring the perpetrators to justice. While the hero is puzzling out the case and chasing bad guys he is also struggling with chronic pain and an increasing dependence on Jim Beam. Ray's humanity is evident in the fact that despite his tough guy persona he's helping a troubled young man with dyslexia pass the police exam and learn to love a large collection of John Wayne movies.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The writing over all was decent; the plot moved along and kept the pages turning. The writing did seem a little forced at times and I half expected to see " It was a dark and stormy night" as the first line of the next chapter. The author did manage to avoid this cliché if not others when he dressed Ray's sidekick in a suit and fedora in steamy central Florida. I also found Ray's access to police records, reports and crime scenes somewhat extraordinary and unbelievable regardless to the mention that he had been given a "consultant status" at the police department because of past incidents that had happened previous in the novel series.
If you're up for a bit of light beach reading The Corruptible is certainly worth a few hours of your time.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review and it in no way colors my opinion of this material.
Posted April 3, 2011
On the Case
Ray Quinn, currently a Private Investigator, is an ex-homicide detective formerly with the Orlando Police Department. He retired from the OPD after being shot in the leg while tracking down a murderer. Now he has to rely on a cane and a bottle of Jim Beam to get him through the pain everyday. In addition to his friends on the force, his support staff consists of his partner-in-training, Crevis, who provides the muscle, while learning the ropes. Also, helping is Pam Winters, whose murdered brother's case was solved by Ray in his last investigation. Pam, the steadying factor in this rocking boat, is now helping Crevis study for the entrance exam to the police academy, which he has failed twice. Ray is hired by the wealthy head of an investment firm to recover a computer hard drive that contains sensitive information on the firms clients. Quinn was picked for the job because of his close connections with the OPD and the fact that the suspected thief was an ex-cop named Logan Ramsey. The client doesn't want the police involved, but thinks Ray's connections could be useful. Logan was an undercover cop,a bit of a loose cannon, who inadvertently leaked information that resulted in putting some of his fellow policeman in danger. Ramsey, an old acquaintance of Ray's from the OPD, turns up murdered and the case starts to develop a bad smell. It will take more than the client's fat paycheck to keep Ray from using every means at his disposal to find the killer and the truth behind the missing hard drive. This is a solidly written, good P. I. mystery with a touch of the police procedural, but it lacks the spark or quirkiness to make it a standout. Provided for review by the well read folks at Library Thing and Multnomah Books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2011
Decent Murder Mystery
I will have to admit that I am a sucker for a good mystery book. I found "The Corruptible: A Ray Quinn Mystery" to be just that, a good mystery book. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. I didn't get bored with this book, but it did move at a fairly slow pace for a mystery book. Part of that may be due to my love for TV shows of the same genre that move quickly and take several episodes or seasons to develop their characters. This is the second book in a series, and I have not read the first one, so there may be some background information that I am missing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The basic premise of the book is centered around an ex-cop, Ray Quinn, who was injured in the line of duty and now is working as a Private Investigator. His carrer as a PI was helped by a previous case that he helped to solve and now afforded him certain perks as a consultant with the police force. His partner is a wanna be cop by the name of Crevis, who is good hearted but cannot seem to pass the written cop exam. Ray is hired to recover some stolen materials by a very wealthy investment firm that is run by Armon Mayer. Ray is told that he was hired because the suspect was a dirty ex-cop, Logan, who had been working as a security guard for Mayer. As Quinn begins his search Logan is found dead with the stolen goods no where to be found. Quinn finds himself working alongside the police force in both the murder investigation as well as his own investigation into the stolen goods. The case seems to go round and round while running into many dead ends but Quinn does end up solving the case in the end, which as it turns out was an inside job for the theft and a revenge of sorts for the murder.
With this being a "Christian" mystery novel there is a hint of evangelism on the part of one of the characters who desires to help Ray. In the end Ray does finally start listening to her and begins a journey toward sobriety that the author leads open for subsequent books.
All in all this was a good read. There were a few things that seemed unbelievable from time to time, but I chalk that up to a work of fiction
Posted June 8, 2011
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