The Night Watchman by Mark Mynheir – Book Review

Amazon summary

The Night Watchman (Ray Quinn Series, Book 1)Eleven months ago, Ray Quinn was a tough, quick-witted Orlando homicide detective at the top of his game–until a barrage of bullets ended his career…and his partner’s life.

Now medically retired with a painful handicap, Ray battles the haunting guilt for his partner’s death. Numbing the pain with alcohol and attitude, Ray takes a job as a night watchman at a swanky Orlando condo.

But when a pastor and an exotic dancer are found dead in one of the condos in an apparent murder-suicide, Ray can no longer linger in the shadows. The pastor’s sister is convinced her brother was framed and begs Ray to take on an impossible case–to challenge the evidence and clear her brother’s name.

Ray reluctantly pulls the threads of this supposedly dead-end case only to unravel a murder investigation so deep that it threatens to turn the Orlando political landscape upside down and transform old friends into new enemies. As Ray chases down leads and interrogates suspects, someone is watching his every move, someone determined to keep him from ever finding out the truth–at any cost.

My review
This is the first book in the Ray Quinn detective series. I received the second book from one of my review programs, so of course, I had to read the first one…first. I don’t usually review the preceding books in these situations, but I actually liked The Night Watchman better than The Corruptible, so I decided to post reviews for both.

This is a “Christian” book, but Ray Quinn isn’t the Christian. He’s more of a smart-alec, stand-on-your-own, rogue ex-cop. His way of coping with the tragedies in his life is to spend quality time with his buddy Jim. That would be his best friend, Jim Beam. 

His partner at work, and eventually in crime-solving, is the over-zealous Crevis.(Hey, I just realized that rhymes!) This is a well-written book, and I love a mystery that isn’t easy to figure out, but the best part of the book is the humor. I laughed my way through this book. There is a little sadness, as Ray shares about the death of his former partner, but that’s a small part. And most of the humor is at Crevis’s expense. Ray really isn’t the nicest guy on the block, but Mynheir writes in such a way that you have to love Ray anyway.

You can read an excerpt of the book here.

Tomorrow, I’ll post my review for the second book, The Corruptible.

About the book:
Title: The Night Watchman
Author: Mark Mynheir
Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing
Release date: May 5, 2009
Pages: 339
Where I got the book: Library

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