Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Night Watchman by Mark Mynheir - GIVE AWAY!!!

“I’m the night watchman! I watch everyone else’s life go by. I don’t catch killers anymore. I’m lucky if I can catch a cold now.” (p. 35)

Ray Quinn makes a rather self-depreciating picture of a man at the beginning of Mark Mynheir’s latest novel, The Night Watchman. Retired from his work as a police detective after sustaining painful and permanently debilitating injuries, Ray spends his days recovering from long nights of boredom spent with his friend Jim. The highlight of his job as night watchman at eh Coral Bay Condos is sending his wanna-be-cop co-worker Clevis on wild ghost-chases so he can work his Sudoku puzzles in peace. However, all of that changes when two people are found dead on his watch!

Ray suddenly finds himself face to face with an opportunity to return to his role as detective. While neither a member of the police force or a licensed private detective, Ray is forced to depend on his co-worker Clevis and new “client” Pam to help him discover whether or not those found dead were victims of a murder-suicide or a double homicide. As they begin to uncover information, this unlikely trio stumbles into something much larger and more sinister than they bargained for! Will they survive long enough to uncover a killer?

I do believe Mark Mynheir has found his niche with The Night Watchman! Ran Quinn is a cynical, smart-mouthed guy whose observations of others and witty responses offer many laugh-out-loud moments among the intrigue. Mynheir naturally weaves in the gospel message through the life of one of the main characters, and Ray is faithful to brush aside the “God-stuff” and embrace his own self-imposed bitterness.

I loved the way Mynheir developed the character of Clevis, and I found then ending to be especially believable and satisfying! The Night Watchman is my favorite of Mynheir’s work thus far, and I’m very hopeful that we’ll be seeing lots more of Ray Quinn and his quirky side-kick!! This is a novel not to be missed!


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 thirteen 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.

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

I have an extra copy of The Night Watchman to give away!! Please leave your name and contact information to be entered into this drawing!!

Please visit the publisher's website to purchase a copy for Father's Day!!


Merry said...

Please count me in, I would love to win The Night Watchman. Thanks!


Amber Holcomb said...

I'd like a chance to win The Night Watchman, too! Maybe this could be another book my dad and I both read (I enjoyed taking turns reading Don't Let Me Go!). Thanks so much!


Rachel said...

The author and my husband have almost identical histories! If you think this is young enough for Ashley to read, please enter us. Thanks!

Kim said...

Names in a hat....took them to my office manager...she drew a name...and its Rachel!!