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The Corruptible

I found an awesome new program called Blogging for Books. I can get a free book from Multnomah Waterbrook Press in exchange for blogging a review about the book. That’s fair enough; I do that already for many of the books that I read. Anyway the first book that I got for this program was The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir.

“Dying on the toilet was not how I envisioned leaving the world”  — that was the lead sentence for the book, and I was immediately intrigued. If someone can start a book with a sentence like that and pull it off, I’m a fan. Mynheir kept right up with the snappy lines throughout the book; I’m always a sucker for a crime thriller, but if the thriller has lines that I want to roll around in my mind for a few turns, it wins more points in my book.

The plot was also solid; the foreshadowing for the twist at the end was enough to keep the twist from feeling like a cheap gimmick, but Mynheir was careful not to get heavy handed with the hints or give away the end. Enough said. I don’t want to ruin the ending for anyone; I certainly found myself reading at an accelerated pace through the last 70 pages or so because I really wanted to know who the guilty party was. There was also an amusing side plot involving one of those email scams from South Africa that added some additional wit to the story. The content didn’t have to be there, but I was glad that Mynheir added an additional dimension to the story and thus to the character development of Ray Quinn, the protagonist. The development of Quinn made me want to read the next book in the series to see where his next investigation leads him in his own personal development.

While we’re on the topic of character development, I’ll throw in my only complaint with the book. I found the development of Crevis, Quinn’s sidekick somewhat off-putting. Sometimes the character traits assigned to him were so over the top that he actually fell a little flat as a character. But, that might have just been me. I’m sure fellow book lovers know that sometimes we resonate with characters and sometimes we just… well, we don’t That might have been the case here.

Back to the good stuff…the bottom line is on a scale of five stars, I’d give this book a 4.5 to a 4.75, and that’s not bad. If you’re looking for a crime thriller that’s not too heavy and that will keep you up late a few nights because you can’t put it down, I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on this book.

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