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(Frank Marr #3)

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In the latest novel from David Swinson, "one of the best dialogue hounds in the business" (New York Times Book Review), Frank Marr, a good cop with a bad habit, must choose between justice and loyalty to an old friend.

Frank Marr was a good cop, until his burgeoning addictions to alcohol and cocaine forced him into retirement from the D.C. Metro police. Now, he's barely eki
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Mulholland Books
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Paromjit
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I only realised this was the 3rd in the Frank Marr series after I had finished this novel which means this works well as a stadalone. This edgy urban crime drama, is a thriller with morally suspect anti-heroes with their own sense of ethics and justice, it has echoes of George Pelecanos novels and is imbued with a strong sense of authenticity, conveyed by the author who served as a police officer in DC. Set in Washington DC, Marr is a ex-police detective forced to take early retirement after goi ...more
Becca
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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This was just a bit too depressing for me.

It is about Frank, an ex cop, who is retired - mainly because he was addicted to cocaine, and is now doing his own investigations. He has a sort of vigilante approach to drug dealers and their abodes - raiding them for drugs and cash, before disposing of the drugs and keeping the cash. All very altruistic, but he is battling with his inner demons when it comes to the addiction.

An old friend is involved in a shooting of a young black teenager, and Frank
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Scott Cumming
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frank Marr returns in this third instalment in the series and this time he's kicked his cocaine habit although he's still knocking over stash houses, but he's flushing the drugs away and holding onto whatever money he finds. He's interrupted on one such run by an unexpected phone call from his ex-girlfriend and defence lawyer, Leslie, who lets him know his ex-partner, Al has shot and killed a seemingly unarmed 16 year old. Al swears there is a gun and wants Frank to look into it.

This is a fast p
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Ross Cumming
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a is a reader view copy that my son got but as he hasn’t read the the previous two Frank Marrr novels by David Swinson, I decided to read and review it first.
Frank Marr is an ex Washington D. C. Police Detective who was forced into early retirement partly due to his cocaine addiction. He now works as an Investigator for Lawyer Leslie Costello but following Marr’s exploits in the previous novel his personal and business relationship with her has soured. When not working as an investigator, M
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Michael
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
My review for this book was published on Library Journal's website in January 2019:

Retired cop–turned–private investigator Frank Marr returns in the third novel of this promising series (following The Second Girl and Crime Song), which will appeal to fans of Don Winslow's The Force. Newly clean after an all-consuming cocaine addiction and unhappily alone after his girlfriend Leslie kicked him out, Frank spends his time robbing the drug houses of Washington, DC, and fighting his urges when he hea
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Paul Wagner
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Frank Marr is a flawed man.

He loves Cocaine, whiskey and women and is not too conflicted about stealing.

Let’s first take the cocaine. It cost him his job as a Detective with the DC Police Department. But, like all men with a just a little bit of luck his departure is called “early retirement”. The whiskey, well, Frank just loves it and will have a swallow or two at all times of the day.

As for the women-Frank has just one real love. Leslie, a defense attorney, who gives him hard looks and the c
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Herminia Chow
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
About the book: It’s the third book in a series about a police officer who had to retire because of his drug and alcohol addictions.

I received a free copy of the book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I like the title. The premise sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a shot.

Characters: Frank Marr isn’t perfect. He has many flaws. I didn’t love him right away, but he grew on me.

The protagonist teams up with a young man named Calvin despite their past histor
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Jon
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A stellar ending to the trilogy.

Trigger puts you back in the middle of Frank Marr's crazy life. It's tense, funny, sad, and has a few great twists along the way.
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TRIGGER is a, full-on gritty crime noir set in Washington, D.C., starring a vigilante protagonist, ex-cocaine addict (recovering) and recovering alcoholic,.I former Metro D.C. narcotics bureau detective (how apropos). Frank Marr is now a P.I. in D.C., after being forced to resign from the Police Department and in addition losing the woman he still loves, not so much because of his addictions, but for his years of lies and covering-up. Now he spies out dealers and burgles their stashes, flushing ...more
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David Swinson is the author of THE SECOND GIRL, CRIME SONG, and the forthcoming TRIGGER, by Mulholland Books/Little, Brown& Co. He is a retired DC police detective, and a former alternative and punk rock promoter in Long Beach, CA in the eighties.

Other books in the series

Frank Marr (3 books)
  • The Second Girl (Frank Marr, #1)
  • Crime Song (Frank Marr #2)