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The Good Detective (A P.T. Marsh Novel Book 1) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2019; vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: John McMahon (Tekijä)

Sarjat: P.T. Marsh (1)

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Detective P.T. Marsh was a rising star on the police force until his wife and young son were killed in an accident. Since then he's lost the ability to see the line between smart moves and disastrous decisions. Such as when he decides to 'help out' an exotic dancer by confronting her abusive boyfriend. When the next morning he gets called to the scene of his newest murder case, he is stunned to arrive at the house of a dead man, the very man he beat up the night before. He could swear the guy was alive when he left, but can he be sure? What he does know is that his fingerprints are all over the crime scene. But the trouble is only beginning.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Good Detective (A P.T. Marsh Novel Book 1)
Kirjailijat:John McMahon (Tekijä)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2019), 316 pages
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P. T. Marsh is a good detective, but he comes with a lot of baggage. His wife and son were killed in an accident a year ago, and he has turned into a heavy drinker. He is still a good cop, but it’s getting harder to be a good person sometimes. To help a stripper being abused by her boyfriend, he roughs up the boyfriend a bit. When that boyfriend is found dead the next day, and P. T. can’t quite remember what happened the night before; he gets nervous about what he might have done. This starts the beginning of a rather intriguing and complex journey, one that will involve an old conspiracy, racial hatred, abduction, and murder. Not everything P. T. does is by the book, but sometimes that is the only way any kind of justice is achieved. It’s a complicated tale, but one worth the read, even though not everything tied up neatly in a bow at the end. My favorite character? P. T.’s bulldog, who not only “talks” to P. T. in his head, but gives him pretty good advice. ( )
  Maydacat | Aug 6, 2021 |
An excellent debut novel, The Good Detective keep my interest. P.T. Marsh has his flaws and despite setbacks, he forges ahead on a murder case that bears striking resemblance of another case from 25 years ago. Are the connected or just a coincidence? ( )
  lewilliams | Jun 21, 2020 |
The Good Detective by John McMahon is a very highly recommended procedural and the un-put-downable first book in the P.T. Marsh series. The two P.T. Marsh books are some of the best novels I've read this year.

In Mason Falls, Georgia, Detective P.T. Marsh is struggling, making poor decisions, and drinking too much after his wife and young son died in an accident. It wasn't a good decision to help out an abused stripper named "Crimson" by having a little late night discussion with her boyfriend. The decision seemed even worse when the boyfriend, Virgil Rowe, is found dead the next day and Marsh can't remember if he did it or not. He knows his fingerprints are all over the crime scene. Things get worse when the investigation into Virgil's death sends Marsh and his partner Remy Morgan to a burned-out field where they discover the burned body of a black teenager, Kendrick Webster. His death appears to be raced related. Marsh realizes that he may have killed the number-one suspect in the teen's death. As Marsh and Remy investigate, the trail leads them to a decades old conspiracy.

After reading and loving the second book in the series, The Evil Men Do, I was thrilled to receive a copy of The Good Detective, the first book. I loved it, and, although I would very highly recommend reading both novels, don't follow my example - read them in order. They are both excellent, skillfully written procedurals where the clues are carefully followed. I was riveted to the pages and enjoyed following along as new developments are revealed in the intricate plot. The plot is complex and layered in both novels.

Having already met Marsh through The Evil Men Do, this first book fully develops his character. Readers are privy to Marsh's thoughts and insights. His emotional wounds are fresher in this novel; he is closer to the original pain. His personal demons are closer to the surface here. (Thankfully, I already knew where he would be in the future and didn't have to wait.) I'm going to be anxiously awaiting the next investigation P.T. Marsh undertakes. (I have to say this reminds me a bit of Greg Iles, whom I also love. It is part Southern fiction and part complicated, nuanced characters struggling with their own personal issues.)

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of John McMahon.
http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2020/04/the-good-detective.html
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3269870732 ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Apr 8, 2020 |
I think I’m going to like this series. Marsh is a likable character…but he’s going to die from exhaustion if John McMahon puts this much on his plate in every book. It made me tired just trying to put his cases in a normal work day. He has to solve Rowe's murder… exonerate himself;… rehabilitate himself and his reputation on the force… and expose and then fight the local backwoods cabal. Wow! Is there that many hours in a day?
It’s a great start to a promising series but lets save something for future books. Great dog…by the way! ( )
  Carol420 | Mar 23, 2020 |
Sometimes Hokey Plot but has Good Series Potential
Review of the G.P.Putnam's Sons paperback edition (Feb. 2020) of the hardcover original (March 2019)

This reading was part of my investigation of the novels nominated for the 2020 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America. The Good Detective is a nominee for Best First Novel. The winners will be announced April 30, 2020.

The Good Detective uses quite a few clichés of the genre, including the alcoholic detective battling his demons (in this case a family tragedy), the faithful dog (who "speaks" wise advice to him of course), the loyal partner, the possible bad cop insider and the huge villainous conspiracy which only the partner team is able to uncover. To this is added an American Southern rural environment with the stereotypical racist network but with a superstitious / supernatural twist element.

Despite those clichés, I did really like the detective team here and can forgive the fallback to standards of the genre in a first novel. I thought the italicized inter-chapters on one of the murders were unnecessarily graphic though. Their only purpose (aside from horror frisson) seemed to be to telegraph the cult element of the conspiracy. That whole supernatural element seemed ridiculous though when it was revealed in the end.

Still, I'll be interested to read what partner detectives P.T. Marsh and Remy Morgan of Macon Falls, Georgia get up to in the 2nd novel in the series "The Evil Men Do" (expected March 2020). ( )
  alanteder | Mar 6, 2020 |
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Detective P.T. Marsh was a rising star on the police force until his wife and young son were killed in an accident. Since then he's lost the ability to see the line between smart moves and disastrous decisions. Such as when he decides to 'help out' an exotic dancer by confronting her abusive boyfriend. When the next morning he gets called to the scene of his newest murder case, he is stunned to arrive at the house of a dead man, the very man he beat up the night before. He could swear the guy was alive when he left, but can he be sure? What he does know is that his fingerprints are all over the crime scene. But the trouble is only beginning.

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