"This detective won't give up until justice is served!"
Reviewed by Teresa Cross
Posted March 7, 2019
THE GOOD DETECTIVE written by John McMahon is such a great
novel I think that it would be a great start of a series!
The main character, Detective P.T. Marsh, is one that you
will love as he tries to do the right thing, loves to see
justice, and tries hard to get to the bottom of the truth. A
thriller that hits on some very sensitive matters and
written tastefully, McMahon did an excellent job with making
his characters seem real.
A detective well known around the department, P.T. Marsh was
looked upon with a lot of respect from his fellow officers.
Then his wife and son die in an accident, and it affects him
in ways that sometimes clouds his decision to make smart
choices. When he tries to help out a woman by confronting
her boyfriend who likes to use her as a punching bag, he
remembers leaving the guy very much alive. Later he is
called to a murder scene only to find the same guy he
confronts dead. Marsh starts to wonder if he remembered that
night correctly and left the guy alive.
Then it seems like this case may be connected to a dead
young black teenager that is found burned with a rope around
his neck. P.T. Marsh hopes that he is not responsible for
the death of the suspect in this boy's murder. With both
cases unsolved and racial tension Marsh is determined to get
to the bottom of this boy's death and uncovers years of
secrets that others have had hidden for a while.
Marsh's novel is well written, covering the struggles of
one detective who has his own life tragedies to overcome,
but at the same time cannot stop getting justice for those
that have been done wrong. THE GOOD DETECTIVE is a novel
that I hope John McMahon continues as a series showing us
more of P.T. Marsh.
Introducing Detective P.T. Marsh in a swift and bruising
debut where Elmore Leonard's staccato prose meets Greg Iles'
How can you solve a crime if you've killed the prime
Detective P.T. Marsh was a rising star on the police force
of Mason Falls, Georgia--until his wife and young son died
in an accident. Since that night, he's lost the ability to
see the line between smart moves and disastrous decisions.
Such as when he agrees to help out a woman 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 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's certain is that his fingerprints are
all over the crime scene.
The trouble is only beginning. When the dead body of a black
teenager is found in a burned-out field with a portion of a
blackened rope around his neck, P.T. realizes he might have
killed the number-one 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 his own personal demons, P.T. races headlong toward
an incendiary and life-altering showdown.
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