A Ray Quinn Mystery
Apr 5, 2011 | 352 Pages
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Apr 5, 2011 | 352 Pages
About The Corruptible
Ex-homicide detective Ray Quinn never had glamorous thoughts of the life of a private investigator—but being cornered in a bathroom stall by the enraged philandering husband of a client? That’s something he could live without. Retired from homicide and living with a painful disability, Ray’s options are limited. Stick to the job, keep impetuous sidekick Crevis alive, and spend quiet evenings with trusted pal Jim Beam, that’s about the best he can hope for.
As a new client emerges, Ray finds himself in an impossibly large boardroom holding a check with enough zeros to finally lift him from his financial pit. The job seems easy enough: find Logan Ramsey, an ex-cop turned security officer who’s taken off with sensitive corporate information. But few things are easy in Ray’s world, regardless of the amount of zeros in the check.
In what should be an open-and-shut case, Ray stumbles across Logan Ramsey in a seedy motel room. Only Ray wasn’t the first to find him. Now Logan’s dead, the client’s information is nowhere to be found, and Ray’s employer is less than forthcoming with the details. Suddenly the line between the good guys and bad guys isn’t so clear. With a foot in both worlds and an illuminating look at an unhappy ending that could well be his own, which will Ray choose?
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.
“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 Mark MynheirMark 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.
352 pages | Published by Multnomah
On Sale Date: Apr 5, 2011
Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Carton Quantity: 24
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I read The Corruptible without having read the first one and as always that raises some concerns from the start. Will I know what is going on? Will I be able to follow what is happening? I had no problem catching up with the story from the get go. The Corruptible is clearly written by someone who has had time in on the force or has done some extensive research into the subject matter. With the extensive knowledge/research of Markâ??s...
The story is the second in a series, which I didnâ??t realize when I selected it, but the story stood on its own well enough, and actually made me curious about the first book in the series. The authorâ??s experience in law enforcement certainly made the story come alive with realism. This novel continues the story of private investigator Ray Quinn, who is hired by a wealthy businessman to track down a man suspected of information theft....
I received a complimentary copy of the eBook, The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir through Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing's Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. I have always enjoyed a good mystery, and Mynheir is certainly one to deliver. I found The Corruptible to not only be a great story, but one that kept me guessing until the end. The final outcome wasn't a transparent conclusion, but one that clearly took a lot...
Ever watch the Mike Hammer t.v. shows? Read any of Mickey Spillane's crime novels? Well, Corruptible has a lot of that style. A tough ex-cop with danger on all sides, Ray Quinn is a character you can't help but love. He's a tough (teddy-bear) ex-cop turned private investigator with an assistant who is ready to back him in a heart-beat. Ray's new client and new case has more twists and turns than a switch-back trail. Mark does an...
I love me a good mystery and suspense novel. This story had me glued in until the very end. This is the first book I have read from this author and it is one of a series, but it told its own story and it was easy to follow along. The characters are real and well described. If I had to pick something I didn't like about it, it would be that I could predict the ending a bit. It took a while for it to unfold, piece by piece, but it was still...