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A Reason to Live (Marty Singer #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,426 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
In the late nineties, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide detective Marty Singer watched the murderer walk out of the courtroom a free man.

Twelve years later, the victim's daughter begs for help: the killer is stalking her now. But Marty has retired to battle cancer. A second shot at the killer--and a first chance at redemption--Marty has A Reason to Live .

Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published May 2012
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Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a fan of crime thrillers and I never did like first person POVs. Matthew Iden had TONS of strikes against him even before I picked up the book (which I downloaded on a whim when it was free and kept on my TBR for an indefinite period of time) BUT he's written an outstanding novel and I will be picking up his sequels. The very best indie novels are indistinguishable from traditionally published novels - they have great characters set in a great story. For that reason, "A Reason To Live" i ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2013
I’d barely started reading A Reason to Believe when I hit this paragraph.

I was killing time at a coffee shop, slouched in an overstuffed chair that had been beaten into submission years earlier. The café—I don't know the name, Middle Grounds or Mean Bean or something precious—was a grungy, brown stain of a place flanked by a failing Cajun restaurant on one side and a check-cashing store on the other. A crowd of Hispanic guys hung around out front looking simultaneously aimless and expectant, hop
3.75 stars rounded up

It has been a while since I started a new mystery series by a new-to-me author. I picked this up from "Read Now" Mystery Section at Netgalley on a whim; I liked the cover. But as I started, it turned out to be a good decision. I really enjoyed this mainly because of one element. Marty Singer, the former DC homicide detective retired because he suffered cancer. For me that was one of the major factors contributed to my thinking this was different. I don't think I have read de
Jan Rice
The author of this detective novel crafts his words well. I seem to need to squeeze more fiction into my life, and this one, waiting on my Audible queue, was next up. The set-up went according to a certain convention, that of the unhappily retired police detective (Marty Singer) who is sucked back into work over unfinished business with an old case. I thought the pretext could be a lovingly repeated trope, as opposed to being unoriginal--but then again I don't usually read detective novels. The ...more
This book was a distraction. Don’t tell my man, but dinner was late a few nights because I wanted to listen to this book instead of making a glorious meal (and I do enjoy cooking). Yeah. I liked it that much. Quite frankly, I got attached to Marty Singer. His character made the book for me. He’s got a cat, is a history buff, bit of a wise ass, and has a soft spot for people being stalked by killers. I wanted Marty to kick his cancer in the ass, catch the killer/stalker, and save the day. And he ...more
P.D. Martin
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of a 4.5 stars!

A Reason to Live introduces an interesting and engaging new character to the mystery/police procedural world -- Marty Singer.

Singer is a recently retired cop who’s starting his battle with cancer when a case from the past comes knocking on his door. A murder victim’s daughter is worried she’s being targeted by the same man who killed her mother twelve years earlier.

This is an impressive debut novel from author Matthew Iden and I’m looking forward to reading more of his work
Jamie Rose
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty good for a Kindle Freebie. Thankfully, it was free of the blight of appalling spelling, grammar and generally shoddy editing that is the curse of the Ebooks....

Mary Singer has recently taken retirement from the Washington Police, it wasn't his choice to retire, life forced him into it. I think some readers might find the descriptions of his condition upsetting.

He is facing a difficult time and things become more complicated when the now adult child of one of his old cases arrives
Liz Barnsley
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marty Singer is a retired detective battling Cancer...when the daughter of a murder victim comes to him for help he has the chance to right a wrong from a case that haunts him still. Despite his illness Marty is determined to protect the girl and find the truth...

I was very impressed with this novel, the authors debut I believe and it did get me wondering again about the foibles of publishing..this is terrific crime fiction. An interesting protagonist who you can really get behind, a wonderful m
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing

A Reason to Live is the brilliant debut novel by Matthew Iden. It follows retired DC cop Marty Singer as he battles his cancer diagnoses and a past case that has haunted him throughout his career.

The story combines corrupt police, old friendships and good old detective work and begins when Singer is approached by the daughter of a woman murdered some 12 years earlier.

I’ll admit that I found the first couple of chapters a little slow going, but this story soon kicked into gear and I found myself
Lynda Kelly
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a debut full-length novel by this author who's written a lot of short stories prior to this which I never bother with. I want to read a proper lengthed book. (Is that a word) ?? Anyway, you get what I mean !! I don't download a book unless it's longer than 200 pages.
It's about a retired cop in Virginia who has recently started treatment for cancer. A young girl tracks him down since he was the lead detective in her mother's murder twelve years ago and now she thinks she's being stalked b
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I write fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, crime fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist.

I’ve held jobs with the US Postal Service, international non-profit groups, a short stint with the Forest Service in Sitka, Alaska, and time with the globe-spanning Semester at Sea program. Trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica added to the creative pot, as well,
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“a ragged jean jacket to guard against the bite of early December.” 1 likes
“Like, Well, there you go. Or, It is what it is. And, Well, what can you do? I suppose these one-offs are less idiotic than they seem on the surface. They're all a way of saying the same thing, that shit happens and you have to deal with it. You can try to ignore it, wait for it to go away. Maybe that works, but sometimes the knot won't untie itself and your attention is required. A thing you never expected, could not have predicted, suddenly becomes the foremost event in your life and no amount of wishing it away will work. In some cases, the event is small and the ramifications manageable. In my case, it affected everything. Forever.” 1 likes
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