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The Good Detective

(2019)
(The first book in the Detective P.T. Marsh series)
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A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Crime Novel for the Year

"John McMahon is one of those rare writers who seem to have sprung out of nowhere. His first novel, The Good Detective, which is pretty much perfect, features a decent if flawed hero battling personal troubles while occupied with a murder case of great consequence to his community."--New York Times Book Review

Introducing Detective P.T. Marsh in a swift and bruising debut where Elmore Leonard's staccato prose meets Greg Iles' Southern settings.

How can you solve a crime if you've killed the prime suspect?


Detective P.T. Marsh was a rising star on the police force of Mason Falls, Georgia--until his wife and young son died in an accident. Since that night, he's lost the ability to see the line between smart moves and disastrous decisions. Such as when he agrees to help out a woman 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 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's certain is that his fingerprints are all over the crime scene.

The trouble is only beginning. When the dead body of a black teenager is found in a burned-out field with a portion of a blackened rope around his neck, P.T. realizes he might have killed the number-one suspect of this horrific crime.

Amid rising racial tension and media scrutiny, P.T. uncovers something sinister at the heart of the boy's murder--a conspiracy leading all the way back to the time of the Civil War. Risking everything to unravel the puzzle even as he fights his own personal demons, P.T. races headlong toward an incendiary and life-altering showdown.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"In The Good Detective McMahon skillfully blends the old and the new and weaves it into spun gold." - Reed Farrel Coleman

"The Good Detective is a debut with all of the ingredients: snappy procedural details, a sharp sense of place in the Deep South, and relentless momentum. John McMahon's outstanding first in the series introduces a sardonic and sympathetic lead in P.T. Marsh, and launches both McMahon and Marsh into what promises to be a great career in crime fiction." - Glen Erik Hamilton

"First fiction is dangerous business: many aspire, few succeed. Not so with John McMahon's debut, The Good Detective. Tight, fast and addictive, I blistered this book in a single day. It has everything top-drawer crime fiction demands: murder, conflict, and a damaged, compelling hero, all delivered in prose so crisp and clean McMahon presents like an old pro. If he had a second novel on the shelves, I'd be reading it right now." - John Hart


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Used availability for John McMahon's The Good Detective

Hardback Editions

June 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Good Detective (Center Point Large Print)
Author(s): John McMahon
ISBN: 1-64358-221-6 / 978-1-64358-221-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Good Detective (A P.T. Marsh Novel)
Author(s): John McMahon
ISBN: 0-525-53553-5 / 978-0-525-53553-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Paperback Editions

February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Good Detective (A P.T. Marsh Novel)
Author(s): John McMahon
ISBN: 0-525-53554-3 / 978-0-525-53554-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Audio Editions

March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Good Detective
Author(s): John McMahon
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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March 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Good Detective
Author(s): John McMahon
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Good Detective (A P.T. Marsh Novel Book 1)
Author(s): John McMahon
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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March 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Good Detective: the 'pretty much perfect' US crime debut that is gripping readers everywhere
Author(s): John McMahon
Publisher: Headline
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