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The good detective / John McMahon.

McMahon, John, 1970- author. (Author).
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library MCM (Text) 33500013032776 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library MCM (Text) 33500013032784 New Checked out 09/24/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525535539
  • ISBN: 0525535535
  • Physical Description: 308 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: 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.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 January #1
    *Starred Review* P. T. Marsh, of Mason Falls, Georgia, was a good detective—at least until his wife and son died in a car accident less than a year before, leading him to drink too much and make bad decisions, one of which is to teach the abusive boyfriend of a hooker a lesson. So he beats Virgil Rowe one night, only to be called to Rowe's murder scene the next morning, leaving him unsure about whether he, in a drunken stupor, might have killed the man himself. It gets worse when Marsh and his partner, Remy Morgan, a strong young black woman, find the partially burned body of black, 15-year-old Kendrick Webster with a noose around his neck in a torched farmer's field. Suspicion points to white-supremacist Rowe as responsible. But arson-murder seems to Marsh an unlikely combination, even with the racial overtones (not publicly revealed) of Kendrick's death. Marsh, however, looks for similar crimes in the area and uncovers something even worse than a serial killer, presenting him with the dilemma of how to achieve justice. 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. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

John McMahon studied Creative Writing at The University of Arizona. In his role as an ad agency creative director, his work has won a Gold Clio for Fiat, and he's written a Superbowl spot for Alfa Romeo. He currently lives in Southern California with his family and two rescue animals. He's hard at work on another P.T. Marsh book and dreams of splitting his time between Cabo San Lucas and Lake Lanier, Georgia.

Subject: Murder > Investigation > Georgia > Fiction.
Arson > Georgia > Fiction.
Lynching > Georgia > Fiction.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Mystery fiction.
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