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The Second Girl – David Swinson pdf book

The Second Girl - David Swinson pdf book

The Second Girl – David Swinson pdf book


The Second Girl

Author : David Swinson
Publisher : Mulholland Books (June 7, 2016)
Genre : Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Book Review

He’s a good detective…with a bad habit.
One of Booklist‘s Best Crime Novels of the Year!
Frank Marr knows crime in Washington, DC. A decorated former police detective, he retired early and now ekes a living as a private eye for a defense attorney. Frank Marr may be the best investigator the city has ever known, but the city doesn’t know his dirty secret.
A long-functioning drug addict, Frank has devoted his considerable skills to hiding his usage from others. But after accidentally discovering a kidnapped teenage girl in the home of an Adams Morgan drug gang, Frank becomes a hero and is thrust into the spotlight. He reluctantly agrees to investigate the disappearance of another girl–possibly connected to the first–and the heightened scrutiny may bring his own secrets to light, too.
Frank is as slippery and charming an antihero as you’ve ever met, but he’s also achingly vulnerable. The result is a mystery of startling intensity, a tightly coiled thriller where every scene may turn disastrous. THE SECOND GIRL is the crime novel of the season, and the start of a refreshing new series from an author who knows the criminal underworld inside and out.

Editorial Reviews


The Second Girl is a terrific DC crime novel.”―@shoedog11 (George Pelecanos)

“Within the first couple of pages, David Swinson pulls off a masterly piece of characterization: he creates a damaged, damned protagonist who no sane person would want to get close to, and then he grabs you by the collar and hauls you into Frank Marr’s mind so fast and so thoroughly that none of that matters. The writing throws sparks, and the ferocious plot peels back layer after layer of Frank’s character as we – and he – find out how much of his humanity is still left.”―Tana French, author of The Secret Place

“Once you’re drawn into Frankie Marr’s world (in, oh, the first few pages of this fine novel), you won’t want to leave. Marr is one of the most compelling and complex protagonists to come along in years. And, not content with just creating a memorable hero, author Swinson also offers up a breakneck plot, which he recounts in muscular prose and with a commanding knowledge of cops, bad guys and the streets of Washington, D.C. Reminiscent of The Wire and the writing of George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, The Second Girl is a winner.”―Jeffrey Deaver, author of The Kill Room

“It’s actually refreshing to pick up The Second Girl.”―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

“This is the DC crime novel you should be reading this summer . . . The delight of The Second Girl is how smoothly its engine runs . . . [Marr’s] character just works. He’s damaged enough to prove interesting, and self-aware enough not to drive a reader batty.”―Hillary Kelly, Washingtonian

“Frank Marr turns the PI mold on its head; he’s an addict with a self-serving vigilante streak. But he’s also a pretty decent guy deep down who works the streets with expertise, and readers will be fascinated by the day-in-the-life perspective of an unrepentant cocaine addict. A gritty knockout debut that screams for a series.”―Booklist (starred)

“An auspicious, and gleefully amoral, series debut . . . Swinson, himself a former D.C. police detective, brings the neighborhood and its criminal underworld to gritty life. . . . Marr may be a disaster on legs, but he gets inside a reader’s head with ease. . . . It’s good news that this is merely an introduction to a character who plans to return.”―Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“The book’s action is forever on the boil.”―Jack Batten, Toronto Star

“[A] sweaty, suspenseful saga . . . This book will sell like crazy.”―Long Beach Press Telegram

“Like Dennis Lehane and Richard Price, David Swinson gives us a gritty urban crime novel populated with morally complex, utterly believable characters. Swinson knows how to build suspense, and he has a great ear for the patois of the streets, but it is detective Frank Marr’s tightrope walk between his noble and darker impulses that makes The Second Girl such a rewarding read from start to finish.”―Ron Rash, author of Serena

“[A] highly original noir…Swinson keeps the outcome in doubt to the end. He also does a fine job portraying the varied neighborhoods of contemporary Washington.”―Publishers Weekly

“Like the very best of classic crime writing, The Second Girl made me want to read faster and slower at the same time. Now I want David Swinson to write faster.”―Michael Robotham, author of Life or Death and Shatter


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