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A Reason to Live

(The first book in the Marty Singer Mystery series)
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"The story is filled with twists and turns, just when you expect it to move one way, it turns in another, and only at the very end do you see the full picture."
BobbieK, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer

"I was hooked. And I stayed hooked."
Big Al and Pals, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

"I couldn't put this book down when I started reading it. The characters are engaging and likable, the plot is tight and you don't see who dunnit too early."
Wolfmist, 5 star review

From the author of the thrillers The Winter Over and Birthday Girl comes the first book in the Marty Singer Mystery series—a high-powered, hard-boiled novel of revenge, justice, and redemption.

Once upon a time, a bad cop killed a good woman on DC Homicide detective Marty Singer’s watch…and when he dropped the ball on the case, he had to sit in the bleachers as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man.

Twelve years later, Marty’s quit the force to fight another kind of battle, this time against a life-threatening illness. Just as he’s close to hitting bottom, the old case resurfaces when the victim's daughter comes to Marty with a big problem: her mother’s killer is stalking her now and she needs the former detective’s help just to stay alive.

With a second shot at the killer, and a first chance at redemption, Marty’s got nothing to lose…and he may have just found A Reason to Live.


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The Marty Singer Mysteries are hard-boiled novels for readers who like humor, action, and heart. If you keep going back to well-thumbed copies of Robert B. Parker, Elmore Leonard, John Sandford, Brett Battles, John Mefford, Brian Shea, and L.T. Ryan, consider adding these to your list, too: 

  1. A Reason to Live


    One Right Thing

    The Spike

    The Wicked Flee

    Once Was Lost

    The Bitter Fields

    Chasing the Pain (coming Feb 2021)

Genre: Mystery

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