- Expected 3 Mar 2020
THE ROAD TO MURDER IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS.
A razor-sharp thriller with the southern setting of True Detective and Sharp Objects, this is a perfect read for fans of acclaimed US writers like James Lee Burke, Greg Iles, Don Winslow and Michael Connelly.
'Mark my words: John McMahon is about to join the ranks of crime fiction writers like Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Lee Child'***** Goodreads reviewer
When Detective P.T. Marsh and his partner Remy Morgan are asked to investigate the suspicious death of a local real-estate baron, it's easy for them to name a list of suspects: violent neighbours, a wronged ex-wife and an escort, all of whom have reasons to want the man dead.
But as they dig into the case, it becomes clear the death was not an isolated case of revenge...and may be part of a dark web of crimes connected to the accident that killed P.T.'s wife and son a few years earlier.
P.T. begins to veer dangerously off track as his search for clues brings him into a seedy criminal underworld where a man's good deeds turn out to be more dangerous than his worst crimes.
Praise for John McMahon:
'One of those rare writers who seem to have sprung out of nowhere. The Good Detective....is pretty much perfect.' New York Times Book Review
'Tight, fast and addictive, I blistered this book in a single day. It has everything top-drawer crime fiction demands' John Hart, New York Times bestselling author
'McMahon skillfully blends the old and the new and weaves it into spun gold.' Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author
'Southern gothic mingles with modern noir' Kirkus
In McMahon's disappointing sequel to 2019's The Good Detective, Mason Falls, Ga., homicide detective P.T. Marsh investigates the suspicious death of ruthless, aging real estate magnate Ennis Fultz, whose oxygen tank appears to have malfunctioned. Suspects in what turns into a murder case include a lover who may be a dominatrix, irate farmers who lost their land because of Fultz, and a drug-addicted truck driver who delivered oxygen to Fultz. Meanwhile, Marsh must also deal with an accident that almost killed his father-in-law and put the man in a coma. A stock emotionally wounded detective, Marsh grieves for his wife and son, who died in an unsolved hit-and-run, and laments various bad decisions he's made involving alcohol and destructive relationships. Evocative descriptions are a plus ("low-lying creeping jenny grew horizontally, moving through the scrub like a water moccasin"), but the story line has a tired, formulaic feel to it. McMahon needs to find a more original plot next time to match his assured prose. Author tour.