The Second Girl (Frank Marr Series #1)

The Second Girl (Frank Marr Series #1)

by David Swinson


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He's a good detective...with a bad habit.

"One of the Year's Best Crime Novels"- 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 high-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 — but 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 marks the start of a refreshing series from an author who knows the criminal underworld inside and out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316264198
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Frank Marr Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 340,675
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Swinson is a retired police detective, having served 16 years with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. He is the author of the Frank Marr novels, including The Second Girl and Crime Song. Swinson currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, daughter, bull mastiff, and bearded dragon.

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The Second Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A retired cop, current private investigator and user who gets things done his way. Loved the wrting as it gets to the point without a lot of background or scenic fillers. Fast readl
Robynn More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. A very good police/mystery. At the end I even liked Frank, the flawed ex-cop. Can't wait for the next book to come along. Hurry-up and write!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished The Second Girl by David Swinson. I am depressed because the second installment of this outstanding and absorbing P.I. novel is not due until the summer of 2017. Think Pelecanos, David Simon’s The Wire, and Homicide, Life On the Street, illustrious and legendary police procedurals whether on television or in book form. Our hero is a drug addicted former Washington D.C. narcotics detective. The only thing he likes more than Valium, cocaine, and liquor is solving crimes that the cops cannot solve. He does not have to have probable cause to stop somebody, which means that he can do whatever he feels is necessary in order to find a resolution to the crime. Our P.I. is hired to find a missing girl. Is she a runaway or a kidnapping victim? Who took her and why? You must buy this book on June seventh. Then block out a day or two to travel the dirty, dangerous, and unpredictable streets that surround our nation’s capital. I assure you that you will never feel the same about gangs, kids, and crime.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Frank Marr is an ex-cop, now working as a Private Investigator, sometimes for a Defense Attorney. Frank is a functioning drug addict ... but no one seems to know. He's very good at hiding things. He's also very good at breaking into drug houses to keep his supply of drugs and money. It's during one of these runs that he accidentally finds a young girl being kept prisoner. He frees her, does some hocus pocus, spins a well-thought out story and turns the girl over to the attorney he works for. It so happens that another girl has gone missing .... she attended the same school and her parents hire Marr to find her. This book is full of drugs, dope runners, errand boys, syringes full of whatever, lots of what I will call street language. There is also a lot of graphic violence ... and not all of it is done by the bad guys. There are people killed ... guilty and innocent alike. On the upside, I actually like Frank Marr. He is good-hearted to a point .. he wants to be the good guy, but he crosses way too many lines. His drug addiction is a huge problem ... he's always thinking about what he has, how much he needs to maintain during the day, or on a stakeout. There are other characters who play a role. Although most of them are drug dealers, or thugs who are buying the drugs, there are a couple of cops that don't cross those lines that Marr does. They seemingly are intelligent and do their jobs well, but they accept whatever story Marr tells them without batting an eyelash. From the book blurb, this is the start of a new series. I didn't love this book, but I am intrigued at what Marr will do from here. I will, most likely, take a look at the next one.. but no promises after that. I gave it 3.5 stars - mainly for the distinctively unique storyline. My thanks to the author / Mulholland Books / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.