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Book 2 of 2 in the Ray Quinn Series

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Praise for The Corruptible

A violent crimes investigator and author of the Christy-nominated The Night Watchman offers up the second Ray Quinn mystery. When an alcoholic private detective investigates the theft of a high profile company’s sensitive documents, things get complicated when the perpetrator is found dead. Quinn has a burly -- but green -- sidekick Crevis, who learns things the hard way. Mynheir cooks up a number of satisfying subplots and backstories: Crevis gets into police academy despite family and personal adversity; Quinn has a personal life, and loves, and even success in luring and nabbing an e-mail con by posing as a rich elderly woman. Funny exchanges between partners ( “I said look ‘angry and crazy,’ not deranged.”), impeccable action writing, and smooth pacing propel the narrative. The author knows the cop-and-investigation gig, but offers more, managing to be witty, insightful, and introspective. Throw away the cane, Mr. Quinn: you’ve got more cases to solve and a new audience that will knock you over to get to the next one.
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“Mark Mynheir is one of my new favorite authors. As a homicide detective, he knows his stuff and his characters reflect it. I’ll be one of the first in line for his next book!”
—Terri Blackstock, author of Vicious Cycle and Predator

“Because of the Night Watchman series, Mynheir has joined my short list of detective novelists I anxiously await new releases from, along with Connelly, Riordan, and Landsdale. After a great start with The Night Watchman, The Corruptible takes things up a notch. If you demand both great plots and great characters from your thrillers, you need to spend some time with Ray Quinn and The Night Watchman Detective Agency. It’s like opening a bag of potato chips—you can’t stop with just one chapter. I read the whole thing in twenty-four hours, through lunch, dinner, and breakfast. Be forewarned.”
—Brad Whittington, award-wining author of Welcome to Fred, Living with Fred, and Escape from Fred

“In The Corruptible we find Mynheir at his best, providing a true insider view on the gritty world of the private investigator. Mynheir’s made up world first whispers, then scratches its way to life with great characters. He mixes delicious evil and the slap of addiction with an even rarer ingredient in the world of crime fiction: the hope of redemption. I want more.”
—Harry Kraus, MD, best-selling author of The Six-Liter Club

“Mark Mynheir knows how to deliver crime fiction with a punch—a terrific setup, strong characters, sparkling wit, crisp dialogue, and viable suspects that keep you guessing right up to the arrest. I’m thrilled that Mark has followed up The Night Watchman with another action-packed Quinn novel. Put this one at the top of your ‘must read’ list.”
—Wanda Dyson, best-selling author of Judgment Day and Shepherd’s Fall

“With The Corruptible, Mark Mynheir scores a home run. This book is the perfect package of a broken hero to root for, a murder that spirals into so much more, and a tangled web of suspects and motives that literally kept me guessing to the bitter end— a rarity! A perfect follow-up to The Night Watchman that stands fully on its own. I loved it!”
—Cara Putman, author of Stars in the Night

“Rich with realism and wit, Ray Quinn grips the crime scene and doesn’t let you go until the murder is solved. Hold onto your seat!”
—DiAnn Mills, author of Pursuit of Justice

“I’ve fallen in love with Ray Quinn. I’m even fond of his sidekick, Crevis. With The Corruptible, Mark Mynheir has written another winning Ray Quinn Mystery. I love Mynheir’s authentic police-crime details and complex, compelling characters. And the plot never makes a false step or lags behind. Do yourself a favor and get a copy of The Corruptible ASAP and enjoy!”
—Lyn Cote, author of Her Abundant Joy

“With the return of beloved character Ray Quinn, The Corruptible is a prime example of a book that grabs you from the beginning and won’t let you go. Mark Mynheir has created another flip-the-pages and stay-up-late-to-finish-the-novel story with characters so real they become your friends and a plot that will make your heart hammer. Don’t miss this fantastic read!”
—Robin Caroll, author of Deliver Us from Evil and Fear No Evil

“A first rate detective novel from a real detective. Mynheir tells a fast-paced, gritty tale of murder and money in Orlando, Florida. His characters are flawed, funny, and deeply human. You’ll find yourself rooting for them—especially main character Ray Quinn—even when they’re making mistakes. The Corruptible is a winner!”
—Rick Acker, author of When the Devil Whistles and Dead Man’s Rule

The Corruptible raises the stakes, intensity, and storytelling of crime fiction to a whole new level of amazing! The insider details immerse you in a dangerous world of high-adrenaline suspense and raise soul-stirring questions you’ll wrestle with right alongside Ray Quinn. As you fly through the pages, take time to laugh, cheer, and say a prayer or two for Ray.”
—Amy Wallace, author of Enduring Justice

About the Author

Mark Mynheir is the author of the Christy Award nominated The Night Watchman, the first Ray Quinn mystery. He has worked undercover as a narcotics agent, as a SWAT team member, and now investigates violent crimes as a detective with the Criminal Investigations Unit in central Florida, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Product Details

  • Series: A Ray Quinn Mystery
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books; First Edition edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601420749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601420749
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mark is a former Marine who's worked in law enforcement over twenty years. He began his career with the Cocoa Beach Police Department and shortly after that moved to the Palm Bay Police Department, where he currently works as a homicide / violent crimes detective. In his career, Mark has worked as a Patrol Officer, an Undercover Narcotics Agent, a S.W.A.T. team member, as well as a Homicide Detective.

Mark has parlayed his police experiences into a successful speaking and writing career. He has written articles for Focus on the Family's Breakaway magazine and Lookout magazine and is the also the author of four novels: Rolling Thunder, From the Belly of the Dragon, The Void, and the Christy nominated The Night Watchman. He and his family currently live in central Florida. You can visit Mark's website at www.copwriter.com or his Facebook account.

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The second book in the Nightwatchman series, the Corruptible is written by an author with a deep background in law enforcement. This background shines through in the small but important details which show up in every page. The plot and characters are believable and ring true. The mystery and investigation were very well done, and the ending was satisfying emotionally and logically. The writing was in the "pretty good" range. While there were a few clunky turns of phrase and moments of authorial "trying too hard" metaphors, there were an equal number of spot on paragraphs.

I came into the series not having read the first novel The Night Watchman (Ray Quinn Series, Book 1), and I did not have any trouble picking up the back story. The author did a very good job with the exposition. Such a good job, that you are likely not going to want to bother with the first novel in the series if you read this one first.

Overall I am happy to recommend this book to mystery lovers. It has superior details and procedural knowledge, snappy pacing and plot, strong characters, and writing which gets better and better as the book progresses. And when the book was finished, I found myself a bit disappointed that I had to leave that world- which is always a good sign.
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I read Mark Mynheir's first Ray Quinn book, "The Night Watchman", and found myself liking it more than I had expected to, based upon the book blurb which was marketing it as a Christian mystery (a genre I've found to be usually boring). So I was wondering how the sophomore entry in the series would do, would it hold my attention like the first one did? I liked the first one enough to want to buy the second one, but since this was offered to me as a Vine reviewable item, I grabbed it up.

I'm happy to say that I enjoyed this book. Starting it up was like being acquainted with old friends. The writing is well-done and the book flows smoothly, one of those books where time passes you by without you being aware of it because you are caught up in the story. There were sufficient twists and turns in the story to make it fun; this isn't going to be one of those nail-biter types of mystery stories that causes the reader just as much stress as the protagonist - you can probably figure out how it's going to end. It's a good yarn, plain and simple - like putting on a comfy pair of pj's. I like the setting (Orlando FL), I like the characters, and I like the ambiance. I wouldn't mind revisiting these characters in another book.
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Early on, PI Ray Quinn and his Orlando PD crew stand over the body of their ex-prime suspect, and completely miss a palpable clue. Really, a big honking obvious clue. Therefore they squander four days chasing false leads. I won't divulge the red herring, but remember: stabbing victims always bleed. A lot. A direct heart blow, which is harder than you think, will always leave arterial spray. Bank on it.

I really like Ray Quinn as a character, and he has a smart, determined, unusual corps behind him. Which makes it only more disappointing when he sleeps through glaring evidence. In a crowded mystery field, where shrewd, ambitious characters like Quinn have become rare, it's a shame he only grasps what the plot permits. He'd finish his case, with equal panache, if author Mark Mynheir didn't keep blinders on him.

At the risk of revealing key plot points, Quinn successively overlooks purloined letters, financial shenanigans, divided loyalties, and femmes fatale. He repeatedly chastises himself for not taking key actions earlier in the case, or for studying the case with tunnel vision. Nearly every time, he says only what I said several pages, or chapters, earlier. I wanted to grab his lapels and shake some sense into his thick, obstinate skull.

Yet I can't help liking Quinn. His dogged sense of justice and dry wit resemble Dashiell Hammett's best characters. He has film noir cynicism, yet unlike many recent cop drama protagonists, he recognizes this as a weakness dividing him from the rest of the world. Quinn is damaged goods, but he wants to make amends, pull himself together, and seek redemption. (Note: this book comes out of a Christian publisher.
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Ex-police offer turned Private Investigator; Ray Quinn is hired to find the person responsible for stealing important documents from an investment company. Ray is definitely a flawed character but readers will definitely be able to relate to him on some degree. As Ray uncovers secrets & lies - he starts to deal with some of his hidden demons.

This is the first book I have read from this author. I was about to able to pick up on the back story without resorting to reading the first novel. This author did an excellent job with his storytelling, and I loved how the chapters were separated; which made for an easier read. Ray Quinn has to be one of most enjoyable characters I have read in awhile.

I would definitely recommend this book.
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I've made the decision to just read books written by men for a while. No ooey-gooey romance. I want my conflict to be more than just "should I go out with this guy or not?" or "should I tell him that I love him?" As horrid as this sounds, I want murder. I want lying. I want mystery. I want crime solving or legal dilemmas. I want the male leads to not be the kind of guys you melt over.

Ray Quinn is far from dreamy. He drinks too much. He only watches movies starring John Wayne. He's extremely sarcastic. He pushes the lines and bends the rules. He's an ex-cop turned private detective due to injury from being shot on the job. Think of Dr. House as a cop instead of a doctor. That's Ray Quinn. But, I like him!

The book summary is easily accessible, so I won't spend a lot of time going over the details of the story itself. Instead I'll focus on all the things I liked.

There are the moments of humor included along the way. Ray's sidekick is almost always a source of comic relief as he's learning the ropes. The man who hires Ray to find his missing client information is a germ-a-phobe, so to get the upper hand in the mind game the boss seems to be playing, Ray does a few things to kick the fear of germs into high gear.

There's just enough of a tease at possible romance that evidently every book has to have. But it's just enough to give hope that even the most unlovable people can find someone to love them.

I was honestly kept guessing the whole time about who the murderer was even though I figured out one part early on. Actually, I think that might have been set up that way to keep readers on their toes, now that I think about it.
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