Ex-homicide detective Ray Quinn never had glamorous thoughts of the life of a private investigator—but being cornered in a bathroom stall by the enraged philandering husband of a client? That’s something he could live without. Retired from homicide and living with a painful disability, Ray’s options are limited. Stick to the job, keep impetuous sidekick Crevis alive, and spend quiet evenings with trusted pal Jim Beam, that’s about the best he can hope for.
As a new client emerges, Ray finds himself in an impossibly large boardroom holding a check with enough zeros to finally lift him from his financial pit. The job seems easy enough: find Logan Ramsey, an ex-cop turned security officer who’s taken off with sensitive corporate information. But few things are easy in Ray’s world, regardless of the amount of zeros in the check.
In what should be an open-and-shut case, Ray stumbles across Logan Ramsey in a seedy motel room. Only Ray wasn’t the first to find him. Now Logan’s dead, the client’s information is nowhere to be found, and Ray’s employer is less than forthcoming with the details. Suddenly the line between the good guys and bad guys isn’t so clear. With a foot in both worlds and an illuminating look at an unhappy ending that could well be his own, which will Ray choose?
This was an interesting book, although it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary when it comes to detective novels.
The protagonist has PTSD, which makes for a slightly more original take on the detective-with-issues fad that has taken over the mystery genre. He is likeable, though, and reads as a pretty realistic character, so that is something to commend the author for.
The action is pretty well paced, with only a few moments where backstory took over just a bit more than it should have. I also enjoyed the look at a private investigator’s life, with all its details and issues.
Although it doesn’t break any boundaries, it was still a good read.