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The Second Girl

(2016)
(The first book in the Frank Marr series)
A novel by

 
Awards
Barry Awards Best Novel (nominee)

"The Second Girl is a down-and-dirty thriller with real heart from an author who knows what he's talking about. This is firmly in George Pelecanos territory and it doesn't get much better than that."
Mark Billingham


"The Second Girl is as good as it gets. Deeply compelling crime fiction that is gritty, authentic, and with an anti-hero you end up rooting for. It reminded me of The Wire and I enjoyed it every bit as much. A great read; close to perfect."
Peggy Blair


"Once you're drawn into Frankie Marr's world (in, oh, the first few pages of this fine novel), you won't want to leave. Marr is one of the most compelling and complex protagonists to come along in years. And, not content with just creating a memorable hero, author Swinson also offers up a breakneck plot, which he recounts in muscular prose and with a commanding knowledge of cops, bad guys and the streets of Washington, D.C. Reminiscent of The Wire and the writing of George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, The Second Girl is a winner."
Jeffery Deaver


"Within the first couple of pages, David Swinson pulls off a masterly piece of characterization: he creates a damaged, damned protagonist who no sane person would want to get close to, and then he grabs you by the collar and hauls you into Frank Marr's mind so fast and so thoroughly that none of that matters. The writing throws sparks, and the ferocious plot peels back layer after layer of Frank's character as we - and he - find out how much of his humanity is still left."
Tana French


"David Swinson steps into the mean streets of American fiction with an unforgettable character, Frank Marr, and that journey takes readers into realities most people never see. The Second Girl is a non-stop drive through American crime, punishment and even an alley or two of justice. It's bracing to see fiction created by an author who paid his dues to learn our hidden truths."
James Grady


"Brimming with equal parts authenticity and heart, The Second Girl boasts a cops-and-corner-boys milieu as gritty and compelling as anything in The Wire, as told by a tough-talking P.I. protagonist with a vulnerable side. David Swinson is a hell of a fine writer, and The Second Girl is a stellar first entry in what's sure to be a can't miss series."
Owen Laukkanen


"This is a tight, tense tale that sucks you in [and] won't let you go. There is a feel [of] "The Wire" about this book, along with writing that's reminiscent of Michael Connelly or Jo Nesbo's best work. Gritty, authentic action, spot-on dialogue, a sense of place and voice, and the plot just moves like a river. I felt like I stuck a toe in and got caught in that cold river where [Frank Marr] liked to dump people...I was swept away, and washed up in the end with a sense of relief and hope...which is just what I like in a crime story. Well told, David Swinson!"
Toby Neal


"The Second Girl is a terrific DC crime novel."
George Pelecanos


"Like Dennis Lehane and Richard Price, David Swinson gives us a gritty urban crime novel populated with morally complex, utterly believable characters. Swinson knows how to build suspense, and he has a great ear for the patois of the streets, but it is detective Frank Marr's tightrope walk between his noble and darker impulses that makes The Second Girl such a rewarding read from start to finish."
Ron Rash


"Like the very best of classic crime writing, The Second Girl made me want to read faster and slower at the same time. Now I want David Swinson to write faster."
Michael Robotham


He's a good detective... with a bad habit.

Frank Marr may be a decorated former cop and the best private investigator Washington, D.C. has ever known, but the city doesn't know his dirty secret.

A high-functioning drug addict, Frank has devoted his considerable skills to hiding his habit from others. But after accidentally discovering a kidnapped teenage girl in the home of a drug gang, Frank becomes a hero and is thrust into the spotlight.

Reluctantly, he agrees to investigate the disappearance of another girl - possibly connected to the first - all the time knowing that the heightened scrutiny may bring his own secrets to light...

The Second Girl is a raw, real and incredibly gripping thriller from a former DC Major Crimes detective. You won't regret meeting Frank Marr...but his enemies will.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Used availability for David Swinson's The Second Girl


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Hardback Editions

June 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Second Girl (Frank Marr)
Author(s): David Swinson
ISBN: 0-316-26417-2 / 978-0-316-26417-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

April 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Second Girl
Author(s): David Swinson
ISBN: 1-4736-1817-7 / 978-1-4736-1817-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

April 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Second Girl (Frank Marr)
Author(s): David Swinson
ISBN: 0-316-26419-9 / 978-0-316-26419-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Second Girl
Author(s): David Swinson
ISBN: 1-4736-1816-9 / 978-1-4736-1816-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

June 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Second Girl
Author(s): David Swinson
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

June 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Second Girl (Frank Marr)
Author(s): David Swinson
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

June 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Second Girl
Author(s): David Swinson
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


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