Ray Quinn is a bitter, bitter man. Almost a year after he was shot in the line of duty and his partner killed, Quinn is in grueling physical therapy, working as a night watchman at a condominium complex, and drowning his sorrows and nightmares in bourbon. When he discovers a pastor and an exotic dancer dead in his building, it brings back bad memories. His old department closes the case as a murder-suicide, but when the pastor’s sister asks Quinn to help exonerate the man, it’s not too hard to find some unturned stones.
Oh, and did I mention? Quinn is obsessed with John Wayne.
I appreciate that the book is not a cheesy Christian novel. It’s definitely non-preachy, which I like. It’s also clean, as would be expected.
However, I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not the target audience for this book. I think the target audience is older than me, and male. I feel a generational disconnect from this book. I think the book is very tied to a modern (as opposed to postmodern) view of the world. This is interesting to me, since I don’t recall feeling this before.
The phrasing is awkward at times. I feel that the book told me things, rather than showing me certain motivations. It did not expect me, the reader, to be able to put the pieces together.
The ending makes it clear that subsequent books are intended.
Overall, this book had strong points and weaknesses. It wasn’t a great read for me — I didn’t connect with the main character much at all — but it was fine. A quick read. Nothing offensive.
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