Sunday, March 9, 2008

Christian mystery thriller

Randy Alcorn
Multnomah Books
ISBN-10: 1601420994
ISBN-13: 978-1601420992

Detective Ollie Chandler’s latest case may just make him wish he had settled his issues with God a bit sooner rather than delaying it. He’s on the trail of a serial killer, someone who might just be another cop, and thus, could be someone he works with, someone who knows what he is going to do and has all the resources that Ollie himself has. With his two best friends, Ollie dares to pursue leads that bring him to a chilling confrontation even as he wrestles with matters that pertain to his own soul and destiny

Though I suspect that the hard edge to this novel will make it far more appealing to the male side of the race, female mystery fans will find something to appreciate as well. Without ever getting seamy or degenerate, Mr. Alcorn has written a thriller with grit and guts that does not shy away from tough questions. Interlaced with the primary plot is a deft Christian apologetic that does not get too preachy, but makes its point. In particular, there is one scene that is so shockingly beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes.

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