Frank Marr (“a masterly piece of characterization” —Tana French) is back.
Marr, a retired D.C. police detective working as a private eye for a defense attorney, has a serious problem. He is secretly a drug addict, and his long-time supply of cocaine is about to run out.
While staking out an upscale nightclub in an attempt to target the stash-houses of dealers from whom to steal for his fix, he settles on a target: a young college student. After a long night in pursuit of his quarry, Marr returns home to find he has been burglarized. Though his drugs are safe, several items are missing: his .38 revolver and his cherished music collection (with dozens of albums belonging to his deceased mother.) Marr immediately begins investigating the crime himself.
But when the dealer Marr had been following is stabbed to death in his own fortified home, Frank is certain that the burglary and murder are related. With good cops, bad cops, and exceptionally dangerous drug lords on his tail, Frank is determined to find out the truth, even if it kills him. This time, it just might.
David Swinson is a retired police detective, having served 16 years with the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department. The Second Girl is his first novel to feature Frank Marr. Swinson currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, daughter, bull mastiff, and bearded dragon.
“Marr is easy to take, a decent guy with a sense of honor. And since Swinson is one of the best dialogue hounds in the business, Marr is blessed with some terrific street talk.” —The New York Times Book Review
“So convincing . . . Compulsively readable” —Toronto Star
“His writing sings [with] battle-scarred confidence.” —Village Voice
“Former DC detective Swinson knows his stuff. . . . His second in the Frank Marr series features sharp prose, spot-on dialogue, and a protagonist as complicated and unlikely as he is appealing. Fans of gritty crime fiction will want to add Swinson to their reading lists.” —Booklist (starred review)
“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