An electrifying mystery featuring a troubled small-town police detective faced with three interwoven crimes that reveal sinister secrets about his community--and the deaths of his family, by the Edgar Award-and Thriller Award- short-listed author whose novels have been described by the New York Times Book Review as "pretty much perfect."
In the years since the mysterious deaths of his wife and child, P.T. Marsh, a police detective in the small Georgia town of Mason Falls, has faced demons--both professional and personal. But when he is called to the scene of a school shooting, the professional and personal become intertwined, and he suspects that whoever is behind the crime may be connected to his own family tragedy.
As Marsh and his partner Remy investigate the shooting, they discover that it is far from straightforward, and their search for answers leads them to a conspiracy at the highest levels of local government--including within the police force. The stakes in the case become increasingly high, culminating in a showdown that has Marsh questioning everything he knows, and wondering if some secrets are better left undiscovered.
Thriller Award finalist McMahon's exceptional third mystery featuring Mason Falls, Ga., police detective P.T. Marsh (after 2020's The Evil Men Do) sends Marsh to the Falls Magnet Middle School, where former journalist Jed Harrington has taken a teacher and three students hostage. Soon after Marsh positions himself to take out the shooter, he's called by the governor, Toby Monroe, who's in the midst of a fraught reelection campaign. Marsh owes the politician, who gave him a lead on the man responsible for killing Marsh's wife and son. Monroe tells Marsh that his debt will be settled if he kills Harrington, an act that will prevent bad press, and when the gunman points his weapon at his captives, Marsh does so. He's lauded as a hero, but questions linger about Harrington's motive and m.o. He had no connection with anyone at the school, and was armed with only a single gun, despite having an arsenal at home. The more Marsh learns about Harrington, the more baffling his actions become. McMahon plants devastating twists like carefully concealed land mines, but never allows the story line to come at the expense of plausibility. This whydunit is sure to win him new fans. \n
Read it, hard to put down
Great book with equally great characters. This is an author that I look forward to continuing to follow