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
    Jun 02, 2017

    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
    Apr 18, 2017

    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

  • SALLY WHITE
    May 28, 2017

    Thank you Goodreads for sending me this book. My favourite genre of books is crime novels, and therefore I was really pleased to get this book. I had never read any of this authors novels before, but I will be definitely doing so from now on. The main premise of the book is that it is about Frank, who is a private investigator, but also sadly, a drug addict. A truly gritty book. You feel as if you are there on the streets with the author who demonstrates a great deal of knowledge about the stree

    Thank you Goodreads for sending me this book. My favourite genre of books is crime novels, and therefore I was really pleased to get this book. I had never read any of this authors novels before, but I will be definitely doing so from now on. The main premise of the book is that it is about Frank, who is a private investigator, but also sadly, a drug addict. A truly gritty book. You feel as if you are there on the streets with the author who demonstrates a great deal of knowledge about the streets he is writing about.

  • Patricia
    Jun 20, 2017

    Another terrific crime murder mystery about Frank Marr, our drug addict PI, who may just get his act together. Frank is trailing his cousin, Jeffrey Baldwin, who is enrolled in college in D.C. Jeffrey is meddling with drugs and some dangerous dealers, Eugene (Ray) Wrayburn who work a nightclub where Officer Willy Jasper and his side kick, Wyatt Morris, cover several night a week.

    Marr returns home and finds Jeffery dead in the kitchen and his album/CD/TV/stereo equipment and gun stolen. As Marr a

    Another terrific crime murder mystery about Frank Marr, our drug addict PI, who may just get his act together. Frank is trailing his cousin, Jeffrey Baldwin, who is enrolled in college in D.C. Jeffrey is meddling with drugs and some dangerous dealers, Eugene (Ray) Wrayburn who work a nightclub where Officer Willy Jasper and his side kick, Wyatt Morris, cover several night a week.

    Marr returns home and finds Jeffery dead in the kitchen and his album/CD/TV/stereo equipment and gun stolen. As Marr attempts to find his stolen property, he encounters Graham (Biddy) Givens and his uncle Robert Diamond, a taxi driver, who are offloading stolen property to pawnshops. This is a revenge murder. As Marr closes in on the crime, he scores more cocaine, OxyContin, cash, and guns. The trail leads him to two men, Older and Young, who are using their grandmother's home, as a stash house. The scene is horrific.

    As the noose tightens on the criminals, Diamond is found dead and Biddy, a serious crack user, commits suicide. This is a wake up call for Marr. Perhaps he just might clean up his own drug use which got him kicked off the force taking "early retirement."

    Dirty cops and revenge are the center of this story. Willy Jasper's nephew, Tommy Woodrow, was killed in the previous book when he accidentally is caught in gun crossfire in a raid on a brothel and drug house in which he was a frequent visitor.

  • John McDermott
    May 22, 2017

    Many thanks to Goodreads and Mulholland Books for my first-time Giveaways win !! Woohoo! All I now have to do is give an unbiased review.

    Crime Song by David Swinson was excellent and I can highly recommend it.

    A must read for all fans of American crime fiction especially if you like George Pelecanos and Elmore Leonard. You'll find no clever serial killers or grand heists within these pages; this is firmly rooted in the everyday reality of street crime and their consequences.

    These novels ,for m

    Many thanks to Goodreads and Mulholland Books for my first-time Giveaways win !! Woohoo! All I now have to do is give an unbiased review.

    Crime Song by David Swinson was excellent and I can highly recommend it.

    A must read for all fans of American crime fiction especially if you like George Pelecanos and Elmore Leonard. You'll find no clever serial killers or grand heists within these pages; this is firmly rooted in the everyday reality of street crime and their consequences.

    These novels ,for me,succeed or fail on their characters and dialogue and in this David Swinson triumphs.

    His experience as a police officer has given him an insight as to how street officers and criminals really speak and his dialogue has a rhythm and flow that makes it a pleasure to read.

    All his characterisations are tremendous but it his main protagonist,Frank Marr, that is particularly well done. A once decent man and cop who has become totally compromised by his addiction to cocaine. The conflict between Frank trying to do the right thing and his habit makes for an engaging read.

    Give this one a go. Highly recommended.

  • Chris
    May 17, 2017

    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.

  • Mark Miano
    May 30, 2017

    I finished this book while on an absolute reading bender during the three day Memorial Day weekend. It's a very good follow up to THE SECOND GIRL, featuring retired DC cop Frank Marr, who works as a PI while fighting (and losing) a nasty addiction to cocaine and alcohol.

    David Swinson is a gifted storyteller. He is a retired MPD detective himself, and his descriptions of D.C. and police work feel real. At times his descriptions of crime scenes and violence ring so true that I actually had troubl

    I finished this book while on an absolute reading bender during the three day Memorial Day weekend. It's a very good follow up to THE SECOND GIRL, featuring retired DC cop Frank Marr, who works as a PI while fighting (and losing) a nasty addiction to cocaine and alcohol.

    David Swinson is a gifted storyteller. He is a retired MPD detective himself, and his descriptions of D.C. and police work feel real. At times his descriptions of crime scenes and violence ring so true that I actually had trouble reading the passages - and that is saying something for this noir fan.

    My only question at the end of this second book is can Frank Marr continue as a series character? He's a believable and seriously conflicted human being and I wonder how far Swinson can maintain the realism and inherent tension. Will Swinson have to turn Marr's life around, much as Lawrence Block did with Matt Scudder? Or will Swinson try to keep him as a morally flawed character, perhaps like Don Westlake's Parker? I'm looking forward to finding out.

  • Alisa
    Jun 18, 2017

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


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