Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Book Review: The Ollie Chandler Collection by Randy Alcorn

The Ollie Chandler Collection by Randy Alcorn actually is three books bound into one -- Deadline, Dominion, and Deception.  Ollie Chandler is a police detective tasked to solve several murders, although he is the main character only in the last novel.

Deadline.  When newspaper writer Jake is involved in a car accident, which leaves him injured and two of his friends dead, he teams up with Chandler to find out who caused the "accident."  Along the way, he discovers that there is more to life than he thought, and that one of his friends had been correct about it while the other was self-deceived.  I think this was Alcorn's first novel, and you can tell.  The writing and plot are kind of sticky sometimes, but the message is a wonderful one.  

Dominion.  When a drive by shooting kills newspaper writer (and Jake's friend) Clarence Abernathy's sister and niece, Abernathy teams up with Chandler to solve the murder.  This book deals a lot with racial tensions which was a point.  Then it got to be too preachy.  And this story was loooong, too long.

Deception.  This book was a nice change of pace as it was written in the first person by Ollie Chandler who is quite a character.  One of his sayings is that messing with him is like wearing cheese underwear down rat alley.  He always has something quick and witty (and infuriating) to say.  But he's smart, and you figure he'll catch the real killer eventually.

The way Alcorn depicts heaven makes one yearn for it which, as Christians, is something we should be doing.  I read Safely Home last year, and I think it's better written with a better story.  But if you prefer mysteries, you might like these better.   These books are worth reading just for their portrayal of heaven; of course, Alcorn hasn't been there and doesn't really know what heaven is like, but what he imagines is simply amazing.

I want to thank WaterBrook Multnomah for my (kindle) copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

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