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“A masterly piece of characterization . . . The writing throws sparks.” —Tana French
“A gritty knockout debut . . . Frank Marr turns the PI mold on its head.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Marr is one of the most compelling and complex protagonists to come along in years. . . . Reminiscent of The Wire and the writing of George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, The Second Girl is a winner.” —Jeffery Deaver, author of The Kill Room
He’s a good detective . . . with a bad habit.
Frank Marr is a former Washington D.C. police detective who retired early and ekes out a living as a private eye for a defense attorney. He may be the best investigator the city has ever known, but he’s hiding a 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 girl in a drug gang’s home, Frank becomes a high-profile hero. 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. Frank is as slippery and charming an antihero as you’ve ever met, but he’s also achingly vulnerable. The Second Girl is the crime novel of the season, from an author who knows the criminal underworld inside and out.
David Swinson is a retired police detective, having served 16 years with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. Before joining the D.C. police, Swinson was a record store owner in Seal Beach, California, a punk rock/alternative concert promoter in Long Beach, and a music video producer and independent filmmaker in Los Angeles. Swinson currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, daughter, bull mastiff, and bearded dragon.
On sale June 7, 2016 in hardcover, ebook, and downloadable audio