Quinn Checks In: (Liam Quinn Mystery #1)

Quinn Checks In: (Liam Quinn Mystery #1)

by Mr LH Thomson

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Quinn Checks In: (Liam Quinn Mystery #1) by Mr LH Thomson

Ex-con and art forger Liam Quinn is back in Philly, up to his neck in miffed family members, suspicious police officers and a best friend he's secretly crazy about -- and who may or may not feel the same. His old man -- a veteran cop -- has pulled some strings, landing Quinn a job as a freelance insurance investigator.

When a gallery heist isn't what it seems and crooks start returning stolen paintings, Quinn starts running out of people to trust. The biggest mobster in town, a sweetheart named "Vin The Shin," is calling him out; a steady string of lowlifes want his head, and the local police think he's hiding something. But hey, when trouble comes knocking? That's when Quinn Checks In.

"L.H. Thomson did a great job with this novel. Quinn is not your ordinary Private Eye." - Reflections of A Bookworm

"LH Thomson has hit the jackpot with his main character, Liam Quinn." - Diana Hockley

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484971703
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

LH Thomson is a veteran news reporter, is married to Lori, and they have six adopted pets together. They live in Edmonton.

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Quinn Checks In 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a couple issues with this book that prevented me from finishing it. Foremost, as a native Philadelphian who comes from a long line of native Philadelphians, this story felt fake to me from the very begining. No one who's from the city (as the main character was supposed to be) would ever refer to Philly's neighborhoods as "southside", "northside", etc. It's "South Philly" or "North Philly". The dialect and conversations felt forced and stiff. Another problem was that this story was in need of some serious editing. I understand this is an issue with many e-books, but this was really awful. It seemed as though it wasn't even proofread, let alone edited. The word "defence" in place of "defense" and at least one instance of the word "know" when the sentence called for "now". This novel seemed like a good fit for me. I enjoy books in this genre and I'm not offended by the harsh language that some others have criticized. Perhaps the story itself was intriguing. I'll never know though, since I was too distracted by the rampant mistakes to get even halfway through.
BarbaraLyn More than 1 year ago
This was one detective mystery I had a hard time putting down. Set in Philadelphia, the Quinn’s are an Irish family made up of mainly cops with one exception, Liam. He is recently out of prison for art forgery. With a father and a brother as cops and one brother as a priest, this makes for a bit of a family upheaval. Liam is now working as a private investigator and has been tasked with finding a stolen Vermeer painting. As the investigation begins, it looks like a straight forward robbery. But is that what really happened? If he solves this, the reward would be a great boost to the restitution he has to pay for his former wrong doings. Just in case the family setting isn’t enough of a problem, he is in love with his boss's daughter who thinks they are best buds. Not to let things settle down, a mobster has a difference of opinion with Liam. With the boxing skills he learned as a teenager and his art expertise, Liam keeps one step ahead of the worst of the problems The writing is wonderful and lets the reader become very involved in the story. I am glad to see there are more books with this main character. Beginning with this first in the series allows the reader to get the complex settings in the right order. I can’t wait to read the next one. See the list below in order. Quinn Checks In Quinn gets his Kicks Quinn and the Deadly Diner Quinn & The Vanishing Bride Quinn goes West
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Reminiscent of Dennis LeHane’s Kenzie and Gennaro novels, L.H. Thomson’s first Liam Quinn mystery is smoothly written, convincingly voiced, fast-paced, gritty and fun. Ex-forger, ex-boxer, Quinn has betrayed his family’s well-policed heritage, but now he’s trying to make amends with a job investigating insurance frauds. The novel’s set in Philadelphia and moves smoothly between evocatively different zones, from Irish pubs, to rich mansions and everywhere in between. Italian mobsters, scheming lawyers, cheating boyfriends and down-at-heel teens all play their part as stolen booze, a stolen painting, and a wonderful girl, who’s surely way out of his league, vie for the protagonist’s attention. Meanwhile Mom cooks the perfect Sunday dinner, Quinn really should have gone to church, and his father’s friends can’t resist teasing him for his time behind bars. It’s a fun story, well-plotted, quick-witted, good-humored, gritty, and with just the right level of humor and humanity. The dialog’s great. The action’s convincing—even when Quinn’s dodging bullets. And I can't imagine why I've not seen this series on the shelves of all the local bookstores. Disclosure: The author asked if I’d be willing to review a free ecopy. I just might have to buy a paperback now so my husband can enjoy it too.
DerFish More than 1 year ago
Pretty good story, but the typo per page makes it a bit difficult to read. How much would it cost for the author or Editor to have someone pass thru it one time and weed out the typos?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Defence is the British/Canadian spelling of the word. The author is Canadian. Therefore, it is not a misspelled word. Not only Americans read books... This was a wonderful book that I found difficult to put down. It is a witty, fun read with lots of twists. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, witty, action packed, hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would have given this 5 stars in a heartbeat had I not been thrown by some of the over-the-pond syntax and vocabulary. Nailed the plot, the pace, and the characters, but seeing blue-collar ethnic Americans talk about cheques and Grade 11 set up a little cognitive dissonance that distracted a little from a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this. Nice story line, not mushy or lewd. Scenes are nicely set up. Hope to see more by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really really enjoyed this book. Obviously am going to have to read his other books.
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ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
Non-sympathetic main character. Had trouble getting into the story. Couldn't identify with the characters. Way too much drinking, and too many characters. 186 pages
DaUgh More than 1 year ago
good story & good reading. plot & characters well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Def not a page turner til wee hours of the morning
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Not a great book, just ok.
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Reminds me of books written when plots and characters were important and not secondary to bedroom scenes yes will read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband and I read this one together on a road trip, and both of us found it to be a good story. The plot was engaging enough to keep us interested, and both of us found elements to relate to. There is enough of a balance between the main plot line (the whodunit) and the subplots (relationships) to keep it from becoming boring or predictable. Quinn's semi-shady past paints him as a relatable hero.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice short story by this author regarding stolen paintings, murder, retired and current police along with a a view of family life on the East coast. My first book by LH Thomson but will definitely read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fast paced book that was fun to read. My first book by Thomson but it won't be my last. I enjoyed the Quinn character and his style.