Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir

If you like the good old hard boiled detective novels, you'll like The Corruptible.
Ray Quinn is an ex-cop turned PI. He has a bum leg from his police days (a result of being shot in the hip) and walks with a cane. And he drinks too much. He uses the alcohol to numb the pain in his leg. Usually he has it under control. His friend Pam, for whom he found a murderer in the first Quinn novel, is a Christian and keeps bugging him about his drinking.
Quinn is hired by a huge financial company to find a hard drive with stolen information and the fellow whole stole it. The thief is another ex-cop, Logan, who had been hired by the company for security. When the fellow turns up murdered, the plot thickens.
Quinn is a tough character. He does not always abide by the rules. He is well liked within the police force and now “consults” for them so he can get into a lot of areas other Pis could not. Quinn finds out that Logan had contacted the FBI before he was murdered. Then it seems that someone is out to murder Quinn too.
This is not a “cozy” mystery. Quinn is a likable character (he has his soft side) but he has lots of rough edges. One does find that by the end of the novel Quinn realizes he needs to get sober. I would think that in future novels Quinn will see his need for salvation too. He grows in this novel and I am sure there is more to come. (There is no swearing or anything like that.)
Mynheir is a violent crimes investigator and knows how to write a good detective mystery. Quinn and his novice side kick, Crevis, have a good working relationship. Quinn is helping Crevis pass the policeman's exam (an evidence of Quinn's soft heart). And Quinn thinks he might have found a gal who likes him...except...

I received a copy of this book from WaterBrookMultnomah Publishers for the purpose of this review.
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