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Crime Song

Crime Song

David Swinson returns with a thrillingly dark novel, featuring Frank Marr, ‘a masterly piece of characterisation.’ (Tana French)

Frank Marr was a good cop with a bad habit. Now forced to retire from the Washington D.C police, he scrapes a living as a private investigator.

His latest case is personal – Frank’s cousin Jeffrey is involved with a drugs operation. But when Jeffery’s body is turns up in Frank’s house, it’s clear he was in deeper than anyone realized.

Stolen from the scene are Frank’s revolver – the murder weapon – and his cherished music collection. With his reputation on the line, Frank is as determined to uncover the truth as he is to feed his habit, and both pursuits could prove deadly.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

On Sale: 4th May 2017

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781473618190

Reviews

David Swinson is one of the most exciting new voices to come along in crime fiction in this decade, and CRIME SONG is Exhibit A of his remarkable talent. Swinson's writing is heartfelt, powerful, and authentic, and Frank Marr is as fully rendered as any detective in recent memory.
Michael Koryta, bestselling author of RISE THE DARK
A gripping, authentic tale (the author is an ex-cop) of a man's journey into the heart of darkness that will appeal to fans of The Wire
Shortlist
A non-stop drive through American crime, punishment and even an alley or two of justice.
James Grady, author of <i>Six Days of the Condor
A down-and-dirty thriller with real heart from an author who knows what he's talking about. This is firmly in George Pelecanos territory and it doesn't get much better than that.
Mark Billingham
Imagine Philip Marlowe upped and transplanted to contemporary Washington with a mountain of stolen coke hidden in a secret safe rather than a bottle of bourbon in his desk drawer, and you're close to Frank Marr, the winningly debauched private investigator hero of this gritty thriller...A complex, vulnerable but brilliant creation, with a unique personal morality, his spare narration is laced with wry humour but entirely lacking in self-pity.
Crime Scene Magazine
Praise for The Second Girl
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David Swinson pulls off a masterly piece of characterization...The writing throws sparks, and the ferocious plot peels back layer after layer of Frank's character as we - and he - find out how much of his humanity is still left.
Tana French
Marr is one of the most compelling and complex protagonists to come along in years. And, not content with just creating a memorable hero, author Swinson also offers up a breakneck plot...Reminiscent of The Wire and the writing of George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, The Second Girl is a winner.
Jeffery Deaver