Review & Giveaway: The Night Watchman by Mark Mynheir

night watchmanThe Night Watchman by Mark Mynheir (Ray Quinn Series, Book 1) (Multnomah/Random House, May 5, 2009), 352 pages

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.

Mynheir’s website. He is a detective with the Criminal Investigations Unit in central Florida. His account Why I Write is quite the touching read.

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I think this could make a good Father’s Day gift for someone.

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The giveaway is now closed, a winner has been chosen.

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13 responses to “Review & Giveaway: The Night Watchman by Mark Mynheir

  1. One of my very favorite thrillers is The Devil in the White City. It was so compelling and even more so because it was true. Thanks for entering me in the contest.
    Tobi

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  3. I read the book Cape Fear when I was in highschool. Not as an assignment for school but I borrowed it from the school library and couldn’t put it down. It was non-stop thriller and my favorite by far. It always sticks with me. When I finally saw the movie I was sorely dissapointed. The book was way better. My heart was thumping all the way through the book. I stayed up late reading till the wee hours of the morning. It didn’t do much for my homework completion in those two days. haha.

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  8. Does the Street Lawyer by John Grisham count as a thriller? It’s a great one…

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  9. I like to read Stephen King novels. Maybe I am drawn to them because of they are often turned into movies. Misery is a classic.

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