Crime Song by David Swinson

Crime Song

Frank Marr ("a masterly piece of characterization" - Tana French) is back. Marr, a retired D.C. police detective working as a private eye for a defense attorney, has a serious problem. He is secretly a drug addict, and his long-time supply of cocaine is about to run out.While staking out an upscale nightclub in an attempt to target the stash-houses of dealers from whom to...

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Crime Song Reviews

  • Harvey

    Second in series w/ Frank Marr, former narcotics detective and now P.I. still living with his addiction to cocaine and alcohol.

    A case gets too personal and Frank makes some bad decisions along the way to making sure the bad guys get nailed.

    Frank is a unique character. Anxious to see next in series whether Frank continues to self-destruct or can come back from the brink.

    Swinson relies on his own police experience to good effect. Depicts life on the mean streets of D.C. well.

  • Kelsey

    I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would.

    It was not too slow and not too fast. And the mystery of it all was good.

    The author's experience as a cop really lended itself well to the story. And I really enjoyed his writing.

    I would recommend this book to others

  • Steph Post

    I read this book first, and haven't read The Second Girl yet, so I can't comment on the continuation of the Frank Marr series. However, as a standalone, Crime Song absolutely delivers. The atmosphere is perfect and the dialogue spot on- I love snappy, gritty, street-dialogue, reminiscent of Elmore Leonard or classic hardboiled detective stories. I would definitely recommend Crime Song for any fans of mysteries or thrillers and particularly for readers who enjoy a dark detective tale.

  • Mulholland Books

    Frank Marr is back!

  • Chris

    I was totally blown away by the first book in this series, this one was good, but not quite as compelling, in my opinion. Still, the misadventures of the multi-addicted, ethically challenged and sometimes brutal protagonist make this a worthwhile and harrowing ride through the mean streets of D.C.

  • Alisa

    Another good installment. I'm digging this series. Full review to come

  • John McKenna

    Last winter, in MBR No. 275: The Second Girl, we introduced our audience to an ex-Washington D.C. cop turned crime-fiction writer named David Swinson, who’s created one of the best anti-heros to come down the pike in, I dunno, like forever. He’s a retired D.C. cop turned private investigator named Frank “Frankie” Marr. The fictional character is a man with a habit, a former Narc, now a narcaholic, always jonesing for a snort or a swig

    Last winter, in MBR No. 275: The Second Girl, we introduced our audience to an ex-Washington D.C. cop turned crime-fiction writer named David Swinson, who’s created one of the best anti-heros to come down the pike in, I dunno, like forever. He’s a retired D.C. cop turned private investigator named Frank “Frankie” Marr. The fictional character is a man with a habit, a former Narc, now a narcaholic, always jonesing for a snort or a swig, or a 1 mg Klonopin to even things out. He’s a man who’s living a lie. He wants to stay on the side of the angels, but he’s made a deal with the devil, and Frankie’s in league with him. Now, we’re happy to report that Frankie’s back, in a second installment.

    Crime Song, (Mulholland Books/Little Brown and Company, $26.00, 354 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-26421-1) finds Frankie getting perilously low on cocaine, just as his addiction to it is growing larger. He’ll have to score soon, or run out. That’s unthinkable. He needs to identify a dealer . . . and rob him. But before he can do it, his Aunt Linda calls with a request for him to check up on his cousin Jeffrey, who’s been cutting classes at George Washington University, and now has to attend summer school. Although reluctant to mix family and business, Frankie agrees, because his aunt was his surrogate mother after his own mother died and Jeffrey is like a little brother. Although worried about replacing his rapidly diminishing stash of cocaine, Frankie focuses his attention on the nephew, tracking him to a popular nightclub run by a moonlighting cop named Willie Jasper . . . where Frankie watches his cousin Jeffrey engage in some low-level drug trafficking. Then Frankie’s home is burglarized. All of his electronics are stolen, including his collection of vinyl albums that belonged to his deceased mother, but worse than that a .38 caliber pistol is missing from his bedroom and used to murder Jeffrey. His dead body left in a pool of blood on the floor of Frankie’s ransacked house. It then becomes a race against time as Frankie tries to prove his innocence, find his cousin’s killer, defend his life against some crooked cops who’re determined to kill him, redeem himself with his Aunt Linda, girlfriend Leslie and cop buddies . . . while at the same time concealing his addictions and duplicitous double lifestyle. And, oh yeah, somehow, somewhere, some way . . . replacing all that illegal white powdery stuff he’s been sticking up his nose like a madman. Frank Marr is a man without a plan, on a collision course with disaster, unless he can somehow slip out of the ever-tightening figurative noose he’s got around his neck. If you like ‘em hard-boiled and then some, Frankie’s your guy for awesome summer reading!

  • Erin

    I received an ARC of this book, and I was so glad I did! I would give it four and a half stars. I continued to fall in love with the flawed character of Frank Marr in this book, and I really enjoyed the development of his character in this book. It was interesting to see a bit of the softer side of him exposed at times due to the fact that the crime he was investigating hit very close to home. Some of the events that took place towards the end of the book left me wondering what's next for Frank.

    I received an ARC of this book, and I was so glad I did! I would give it four and a half stars. I continued to fall in love with the flawed character of Frank Marr in this book, and I really enjoyed the development of his character in this book. It was interesting to see a bit of the softer side of him exposed at times due to the fact that the crime he was investigating hit very close to home. Some of the events that took place towards the end of the book left me wondering what's next for Frank. Again, I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series!


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