Mink Eyes by Max McBride

Mink Eyes by Max McBride
Publisher: Arjuna Books
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (286 pgs)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

October 1986—the tarnished heart of the “Greed Is Good” decade. Private detective Peter O’Keefe is a physically scarred and emotionally battered Vietnam vet. Hired by his childhood best friend, ace attorney Mike Harrigan, O’Keefe investigates what appears to be merely a rinky-dink mink farm Ponzi scheme in the Missouri Ozarks. Instead, O’Keefe finds himself snared in a
vicious web of money laundering, cocaine smuggling, and murder—woven by a mysterious mobster known as “Mr. Canada.” Also caught in Mr. Canada’s web is the exquisite Tag Parker, who might be the girl of O’Keefe’s dreams—or his nightmares.

Mink Eyes weaves murder, addiction, obsession, sex, and redemption into a fast-paced, compelling detective novel that also brings in themes of duty, fatherhood, friendship and love. Peter O’Keefe is a reluctant hero who struggles every day to choose in favor of life over death.

Do you sometimes read a book and can’t exactly put your figure on why you didn’t enjoy it as much as you’d hoped? That’s the feeling I got after I finished reading Mink Eyes. I think the plot line is original and it has lots of suspense but on reflection, it could be I didn’t connect enough with the main character, Peter O’Keefe as much as I should have. He’s interesting, don’t get me wrong, but there are other point of view characters in this story and things got watered down so I wasn’t in O’Keefe’s head as much as maybe I should have been for that connection to gel.

There are lots of good things I can say about the story, the setting is great and described well by the author. I also liked that placing it in the Eighties gave it a somewhat nostalgic feel to it…prior to cell phones and the Internet which made for more interesting PI work for O’Keefe.

Pacing is spot on and dialogue is natural sounding, and the underlying theme of fatherhood and friendship is a strong one.

If you like somewhat gritty PI centered stories, I’d say give this one a try and see for yourself. I’d definitely like to see what other stories the author creates using this main character.