David Swinson: The Second Girl


The Second Girl A Novel David Swinson Book Review Murder In Common

 

Crime & fault

Function & abuse

 

A functional cocaine addict, Frank Marr was once a Washington, DC narcotics detective able to keep his secret for years. Finally caught-out, the brass decided forced retirement was the solution. The truth would bring too many problems.

Working as a Private Investigator Marr supplements his habit and income, by robbing drug dealers. His cocaine use ranges from binges to restraint. Only his mood and circumstances decide where his usage will fall. He is unrepentant about his habit and focused on maintaining his supply.

While robbing a stash house, he finds a girl chained in the bathroom. His thoughts are to grab the drugs and get out. A modicum of altruism arises and he rescues her. This puts Marr on the radar of his former colleagues and it becomes an interesting dance of convincement.

A defense attorney and friend he investigates for, convinces him to meet the parents of a missing girl whose circumstances are similar to the girl he found. Reluctance precedes involvement, but something sparks in Marr and the search for the second girl is on.

The Second Girl is simply a great book, with a character you will at times dislike, and then admire for his capabilities. Keep in mind, he’s a junkie.

.~ June Lorraine

 

 

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6 comments

  1. I’m more a reader of cosies, but you make this novel sound interesting. I have to ask, though what you mean when you ask the reader to remember he’s a junkie.

    • A drug addict’s main focus is his supply, to the detriment of the people in their life
      Addiction skews their reasoning and actions…therefore their logic and methods are difficult to fathom
      You will run into this in the book
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This sounds like a great book, June. The premise is intriguing. Will have to check it out.
    Frank is the kind of flawed character I like to read about (and write about!)

  3. Sounds like an interesting read. I love books that include extraordinary characters…like a junky. Characters with agency that move the plot, rather than the plot carrying the characters.

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