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The Good Detective: the 'pretty much perfect' US crime debut that is gripping readers everywhere

John McMahon

5 Reviews

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Crime & mystery

HOW CAN YOU SOLVE A CRIME IF YOU'VE KILLED THE PRIME SUSPECT?
A razor-sharp debut with the southern setting of True Detective and Sharp Objects, this is a perfect read for fans of acclaimed US crime writers like James Lee Burke, Greg Iles, Don Winslow and Michael Connelly.

'One of those rare writers who seem to have sprung out of nowhere. The Good Detective....is pretty much perfect.' New York Times Book Review

'Mark my words: John McMahon is about to join the ranks of crime fiction writers like Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Lee Child'***** Goodreads reviewer

When Detective P.T. Marsh is called to a murder, he is stunned to find the victim is a violent thug he confronted the night before. Although he left the man alive, Marsh's fingerprints are all over the crime scene.

But when the body of a teenager is found in a field with a rope around his neck, it appears that the dead man had a sinister connection to the murder. Amid rising anger in the community and intense media pressure, Detective Marsh must risk everything to unravel the deadliest of puzzles.

'Tight, fast and addictive, I blistered this book in a single day. It has everything top-drawer crime fiction demands' John Hart, New York Times bestselling author

'McMahon skillfully blends the old and the new and weaves it into spun gold.' Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author

'Southern gothic mingles with modern noir' Kirkus

WHY READERS ARE HOOKED ON THE GOOD DETECTIVE:

'This is a must read for 2019' ***** Goodreads reviewer

'Hands down one of the best debut novels I've had the pleasure of reading' ***** Goodreads reviewer

'One of the best stories with a southern setting that I have read since I read the last Greg Iles' ***** Goodreads reviewer

'The Good Detective is a wonderful debut' ***** Goodreads reviewer

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Praise for The Good Detective: the 'pretty much perfect' US crime debut that is gripping readers everywhere

  • 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. - Booklist

  • Southern gothic mingles with modern noir... - Kirkus

  • [John McMahon is] a talented writer with a good sense of place, and readers are sure to look forward to Marsh's next outing. - Publishers Weekly

  • First fiction is dangerous business: many aspire, few succeed. Not so with John McMahon's debut, The Good Detective. Tight, fast and addictive, I blistered this book in a single day. It has everything top-drawer crime fiction demands: murder, conflict, and a damaged, compelling hero, all delivered in prose so crisp and clean McMahon presents like an old pro. If he had a second novel on the shelves, I'd be reading it right now. - John Hart, New York Times bestselling author of The Hush

  • In The Good Detective McMahon skillfully blends the old and the new and weaves it into spun gold. - Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of Robert B. Parker s Colorblind

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