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The Good Detective (A P.T. Marsh Novel #1) (Paperback)
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Introducing Detective P.T. Marsh in a swift and bruising debut where Elmore Leonard's staccato prose meets Greg Iles' Southern settings.
How can you solve a crime if you've killed the prime suspect?
Detective P.T. Marsh was a rising star on the police force of Mason Falls, Georgia--until his wife and young son were killed in an accident. Since that night, caught in a spiral of grief and booze, he's lost the ability to see the line between smart moves and disastrous decisions. Such as when he decides to 'help out' an exotic dancer by confronting her abusive boyfriend. When the next morning he gets called to the scene of his newest murder case, he is stunned to arrive at the house of a dead man, the very man he beat up the night before. He could swear the guy was alive when he left, but can he be sure? What he does know is that his fingerprints are all over the crime scene.
But the trouble is only beginning. P.T. and his partner, Remy, begin to suspect the murder is connected to a local arson and lynching; two days earlier, the dead body of a black teenager was found in a burned-out field, a portion of a blackened rope around his neck--and P.T. realizes he might have killed the #1 suspect of this horrific crime.
Amid rising racial tension and media scrutiny, P.T. uncovers something sinister at the heart of the boy's murder--a conspiracy leading all the way back to the time of the Civil War. Risking everything to unravel the puzzle even as he fights off his own personal demons, P.T. races headlong toward an incendiary and life-altering showdown.
About the Author
John McMahon is the executive creative director of Art Machine, a Hollywood-based ad firm. He won a Gold Clio for his work on the Fiat 500X, has written a SuperBowl spot for Alfa Romeo, and holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona. He's currently at work on a second novel with the same characters that appear in The Good Detective. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.
“The Good Detective by John McMahon is a promising police procedural debut novel with all the ingredients of a fast-paced thriller.”--Mystery Tribune
“This unusually accomplished debut is the first in a projected series; with Marsh still having demons to deal with, the table is set for much more compelling, character-centric stories to come. Crime-fiction fans are advised to get in at the start.”--Booklist (starred review)
“Southern gothic mingles with modern noir…”--Kirkus
“[John McMahon is] a talented writer with a good sense of place, and readers are sure to look forward to Marsh’s next outing.”--Publishers Weekly
"First fiction is dangerous business: many aspire, few succeed. Not so with John McMahon's debut, The Good Detective. Tight, fast and addictive, I blistered this book in a single day. It has everything top-drawer crime fiction demands: murder, conflict, and a damaged, compelling hero, all delivered in prose so crisp and clean McMahon presents like an old pro. If he had a second novel on the shelves, I'd be reading it right now."--John Hart, New York Times bestselling author of The Hush
“In The Good Detective McMahon skillfully blends the old and the new and weaves it into spun gold.”--Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind
"The Good Detective is a debut with all of the ingredients: snappy procedural details, a sharp sense of place in the Deep South, and relentless momentum. John McMahon's outstanding first in the series introduces a sardonic and sympathetic lead in P.T. Marsh, and launches both McMahon and Marsh into what promises to be a great career in crime fiction."--Glen Erik Hamilton, author of Hard Cold Winter and Past Crimes