Spotlight: A Good Kill by John McMahon

November 9, 2021

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.

 
A book trailer can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/549791723.
 
Praise:
 
“Cross my heart, this thriller may be the best one you’ll read all year.” William Kent Krueger, Edgar and Anthony- Award-winning author of This Tender Land
“Thriller Award finalist McMahon’s exceptional third mystery… 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.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review 

 
“An utterly propulsive story in which the stakes couldn’t be higher or the outcome more uncertain.” -Karen Dionne, Best-selling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

“One of the best new crime fiction writers in the business.” -Brian Panowich, Award-winning-author of Bull Mountain
 

About the Author:

 
John McMahon is the author of A Good KillThe Evil Men Do, and The Good Detective, which was a finalist for both the Edgar Award and the Thriller Award for best first novel. His first two novels were each named “Top Ten Crime Novels” of the year by The New York Times Book Review. He lives in Southern California with his family and two rescue animals. His website is https://www.johnmcmahonbooks.com.
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Spotlight: A Good Kill by John McMahon
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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."
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