Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hardboiled Detective Goes Soft

by Phee Paradise

Hello Pixels. I'm happy that I can gladly recommend the first book I'm reviewing for you. If you like hardboiled detective novels, you’ll enjoy The Night Watchman. That is, if you don’t mind a bitter, crippled cop on forced medical retirement.

At first, I didn’t like him at all. But as he investigated the case of a dead minister, I was drawn in, not only by the mystery, but by the emotions in the story. I watched the detective develop a soft spot and, although he didn’t know it, it was clear that God was wooing him. He gradually and naturally lost some of his bitterness and even started caring about other people. The book has a good mystery with lots of twists and I didn’t anticipate the outcome. It also has some great characters.

I recommend The Night Watchman by Mark Mynheir.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Night Watchman

Multnomah Books (May 5, 2009)


Mark Mynheir


Mark Mynheir was born and raised on the east coast of Central Florida. Like most boys growing up, Mark enjoyed sports, mainly football and martial arts.

In 1983, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went through basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. After serving four years in the Marines, Mark changed gears and pursued a career in law enforcement.

During his career as a police officer, Mark has worked as a narcotics agent, a S.W.A.T. team member, and a homicide detective.

Over sixteen years ago, during a health crisis involving his oldest son, Mark gave his life to Jesus Christ. Shortly after his conversion, he felt God leading him in a new direction: writing. Now he balances dual careers as a police officer and novelist.

He has authored Rolling Thunder (The Truth Chasers Book One), From the Belly of the Dragon (The Truth Chasers Book Two), and The Void (The Truth Chasers Book Three).

Mark is married to the love of his life and has three fantastic children, and they all currently reside in Central Florida.


When everything is ripped away...

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 community.

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 victim’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 thread 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.

To read the first chapter of Night Watchman, click here.

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Dee Yoder said...

Ooooo...sounds great! I need to add it to my ever-growing "To Read" list. (I especially like the way you've formatted your review page--very easy to read and easy to find everything I want to know about the author, his book, and the review!)

Phee Paradise said...

Thanks, Dee. One of the things I liked best about the book is that Ray Quinn doesn't, miraculously change overnight. His encounter with God is gradual, but inexorable.