Ray Quinn was forced into a disability retirement from his job as an Orlando, Florida
homicide detective. An ambush left Ray with a bullet in his knee and his female partner dead
on the sidewalk. The killer was never caught and now Ray is left with only the memory of Trish,
his partner and lover, and the constant pain of the crippling wound.
He bides his time these days working as the night watchman in a condominium.
Things heat up when one of the tenants, the pastor of an inner city church, is found dead
in his apartment along with a former stripper. A clear case of murder/suicide... or so the
Pam, the sister of the deceased preacher, shows up to question Ray to see if he can put his
finger on anything suspicious. She is absolutely positive that her brother couldnít have
done what the detectives are claiming. Ray is impressed with her unwavering faith in her
brotherís character and agrees to help her out. The more he looks into the situation, the
more flaws he sees in the initial investigation.
Ray is assisted by his eager and sometimes impulsive night watchman partner, Crevis. What
Crevis lacks in ability and worldliness, he makes up for in enthusiasm. Ray has to keep a
tight rein on him.
Ray has some friends back at his old precinct, but he has some enemies as well. He needs
to walk a very narrow line when trying to get information out of the police department. His
biggest allies are Crevis and Pam and they both present their own challenges: Crevis with his
zeal, and Pam with her constant preaching about the power of God. Ray is agnostic at best and
sees religious faith as an escape from reality. He canít afford that. Ray finds his escape
in a bottle of Jim Beam and a John Wayne movie. At least he understands those things.
To be honest, I didnít even realize that I was reading a Christian novel until I was almost
to the end and noticed that there were a few terms being used that could just as easily have
been cuss words. It was obvious, at that point, that the author was purposely avoiding
profanity. Personally, I think he could have used some stronger words and still not crossed
the line. It might have added a little more realism. The tale was as gritty as any mainstream,
hard-boiled detective story.
The protagonist definitely has non-Christian viewpoints about everything and remains unswayed
throughout the book.
Itís not an overly heavy book and is an easy read. Ray Quinn is a likeable character who is
destined to return in future episodes. I just hope his knee gets better.