The Second Girl

The Second Girl

Book - 2016
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He's a good detective...with a bad habit.
One of the best crime novels of 2016! - The New York Times Book Review, Booklist
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.
Don't miss Frank Marr's next case, CRIME SONG, out now!
Publisher: New York :, Mulholland Books,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316264174
Characteristics: 354 pages


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Aug 17, 2017

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Dec 15, 2016

Enjoyed & surprised . Will definitely read any future books by this author.

Jul 28, 2016

Good one. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Jul 03, 2016

A suspenseful and often edgy read with feet of clay.

Great title, great premise, great plot! Author Swinson's police cred is evident, and the DC streets are richly and convincingly rendered.

Regrettably, though, the narrator's voice is uneven, and at times the dialog is wooden and labored. The love interest never really jumps off the page. But at other times, dialog sparkles, as when protagonist Frank Marr dances verbally with suburban teenage girls.

This is an imperfect book, but worth the read.

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