The Second Girl by David SwinsonThe Second Girl by David Swinson

The Second Girl

byDavid Swinson

Paperback | April 4, 2017

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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!
David Swinsonis a retired police detective, having served 16 years with the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department. Before joining the DC police Swinson was a record store owner in Seal Beach, California, a punk rock/alternative concert promoter in Long Beach, California, and a music video producer and independent filmmaker in Lo...
Title:The Second GirlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316264199

ISBN - 13:9780316264198


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bad Habits Hard to Break I came across this book in an airport bookstore and was very intrigued. The main character Frank Marr is an x-cop and detective who is drawn into a case. He lives a single life with some harmful bad habits, but is very effective at his work and the type of guy you would want on your side if you needed him. This is the first novel for this author and I found the writing to be very good, and the story flows along very well as the story unfolds. I really enjoyed this book, and this author has a new book coming out in May; again featuring this character so I will definitely want to read it.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A drug dependent anti-hero with a soft heart starts this new series off with a bang! If you like your protagonists flawed with baggage, then Frank Marr is your man! He is the very epitome of an anti-hero. An ex-cop turned private investigator in his mid-forties, Frank is also a high-functioning cocaine addict. Frank is single. He does some investigative work for Leslie Costello, a defense attorney who was also once a cop. They went through the police academy together and have remained close. In fact, some nights after a few drinks, they are 'very' close. Costello does not know about his addiction, no one does. As he becomes more and more dependent on the cocaine to give him courage and clarity, Frank finds himself having to tell some convincing lies. He is getting so good at it that he half believes them himself. The first girl. While casing out a house in the Adams-Morgan area of D.C., where known drug dealers live, Frank aims to break in while they are gone to replenish his stash of cocaine. His plan is foiled somewhat by the teenage girl he finds handcuffed to a ring in the floor of the bathroom. She had been injected with heroin and gang-raped by the crew. Frank is a druggie, but not without a soft heart. He rescues the girl and takes her to Costello, who in turn reunites her with her parents. Afterwards he returns to the house where he meets up with one of the crew. It is then that Frank's life becomes even more complicated. Back when Frank was a cop, he bought a row house on 12th St. NW. Always handy, with good D.I.Y. skills, Frank gutted the building and remodeled. Now it is worth much more and the area has become gentrified. While remodeling, Frank built a false wall in the laundry room. It is here that he keeps his stash and anything else he wouldn't want anyone else to find. The second girl. The parents of the first girl are overjoyed to have their daughter returned to them. When word gets out, another set of parents turn up and request Frank's help in finding their daughter, who is also missing. She attended the same school as the first girl and they speculate she might have met the same fate... Although Frank does NOT usually get involved with missing persons cases, his soft heart coupled with the 'clarity and courage' derived from his cocaine seduce him into taking the case - against his better judgment. Because he is no longer a cop he has an advantage over the police as he doesn't have to abide by all the rules and regulations that they do..., though he has his own, rather warped, standards. He is, by his own admission, weak, broken, and lonely. As Frank becomes immersed in his search for the second girl, his own welfare and his dirty secrets are in jeopardy. "The second girl" is the first novel in a proposed series featuring the anti-hero Frank Marr. The fact that the author was a policeman himself assures that the police scenes and procedure are of the utmost accuracy. The suspense coupled with the beguiling rogue himself, ensure that the series will be a resounding success. The Washington, D.C. setting lends itself to a noir crime thriller and the author's intimate knowledge of the city enhances the reader's enjoyment of the novel. The reader gets to see a seamier, more gritty D.C. than we see on television. It had the feel of a police procedural coupled with the action and tough guy scenes of an action novel. This makes it appealing to both genders, but I think it would especially appeal to a male audience. The next book in the Frank Marr series, "Crime Song" is due for release in the summer of 2017 by Mulholland Books. "Crime Song" has just been added to my TBR! I have to find out if Frank gets his act together someday...
Date published: 2016-10-10

Editorial Reviews

"This is a tight, tense tale that sucks you in [and] won't let you go. There is a feel [of] "The Wire" about this book, along with writing that's reminiscent of Michael Connelly or Jo Nesbo's best work. Gritty, authentic action, spot-on dialogue, a sense of place and voice, and the plot just moves like a river. I felt like I stuck a toe in and got caught in that cold river where [Frank Marr] liked to dump people...I was swept away, and washed up in the end with a sense of relief and hope...which is just what I like in a crime story. Well told, David Swinson!"-Toby Neal, author of the Lei Crime series