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The Evil Men Do

(Detective P. T. Marsh #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  664 ratings  ·  94 reviews
The author of The Good Detective delivers a gripping and atmospheric new novel in which a cop takes on a harrowing new case and confronts old personal demons. What if the one good thing you did in your life doomed you to die?

A hard-nosed real estate baron is dead, and detectives P.T. Marsh and Remy Morgan learn there's a long list of suspects. Mason Falls, Georgia, may be
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“The Evil Men Do” opens with the story of a little girl who knows things because she is a good listener and a good observer. Consequently, she easily notices the vehicle that had been following them, a Toyota truck.

McMahon switches to a first person narrative by detective P. T. Marsh. March gives readers matter of fact descriptions, factual and precise, as if writing a report. Details are complete from the blinds covering the windows to his approach from the left, waiting for his partner. Counte
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Evil Men Do by John McMahon is a very highly recommended procedural.

Homicide detective P.T. Marsh and his partner Remy Morgan are investigating a suspicious death in Mason Falls, Georgia. Ennis Fultz is a ruthless real estate magnate who has made more than one enemy in his career. It appears that Fultz's oxygen tank may have been tampered with, but the suspects are many, including business associates, rivals, neighbors, and an ex-wife. As Marsh and Morgan investigate the death, it begins to
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Mason Falls, Georgia, Detective P.T. Marsh and his partner Remy are summoned from the gun range to do a welfare check on one of their chief's friends and find Ennis Fultz dead. At first, it appears to be natural causes but doesn't turn out that way.

I read the first P.T. Marsh book The Good Detective about a year and a half ago. I liked that one and this one too. This is a good traditional mystery with compelling characters as the cops try to find out who killed Fultz. I was happy to see Mars
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cops-or-crime
Haven't I read this 27 times before?

And it's Hoppin' John, not Hoppin' Johns -- and nobody would eat it with a Moonpie.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I am really glad that G.P. Putnam's sons and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to try this for me new author. I love small town police stories and this is one of those. I actually bought the first one to be able to read them in order and that was lucky. You should always try to read series in order otherwise you will miss stuff. This is a dark story that evolves through the books and the setting and plot is different from many although there are similarities with other mysteries. I actually reco ...more
Ed Mckeon
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this one. I loved McMahon's first PT Marsh, but there was something about this that skewed my feelings about the main character, and I think McMahon sometimes reached for easy solutions to transition his plot. Here's an example from page 260. PT is looking for evidence in his father-in-law's house because he needs to transfer some old photos, and he writes this: "I fished through the kitchen drawers and found an old smart-phone that Marvin used before his current one. The ...more
Gregory Stevens
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mystery & Thriller
I have been looking forward to the return of P.T. Marsh since I read the last sentence of the last page of THE GOOD DETECTIVE, John McMahon’s debut novel that introduced Marsh to the world of crime fiction. A homicide detective with the Mason Falls, Georgia police department, Marsh is a tragic figure who is still emotionally reeling from the loss of his wife and son in a hit-and-run incident. THE EVIL MEN DO answers some questions regarding what occurred on that fateful night when Marsh lost eve ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

My first experience with P.T. Marsh was gripping and this one was even more so.

Swarmy Ennis Fultz is dead and he left plenty of suspects behind. A very observant little girl plays a major role and P.T. uncovers more evil than he ever could have imagined. The deeper he digs veers him in a direction that appears to be personal. A direction that could cost him his job and maybe even his life.

Mr. McMahon has created complicated characters and puts them in complex situations. I end
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on audiobook. The narrator returned from the first book and was great. The Evil Men Do was a terrific second installment in the P.T. Marsh series. Marsh is a great character and I really liked him and his partner Remy. All of the characters were well written, the plot was engaging, and the pace was quick. I hope the author continues this series as it’s becoming one of my favorites. I want to see what happens to P.T. Marsh and his crew next.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for a flawed and damaged leading man. And P.T. does not disappoint! Book #2 was as good as the first. ...more
Joy Dias
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
2nd in series. This was better than his 1st. Hope he comes out with #3.
Nancy McFarlane
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you loved The Good Detective, fasten your seat belt… this one is going to blow your mind! Once again, McMahon has woven a riveting, true detective story, one that is fast-paced and edge of your seat good! P.T. Marsh has a knack for finding connections where no one else can and before you know it several violent crimes are all interwoven and once again Marsh is operating under the radar without department approval. We can only hope that his personal desire for answers and revenge won’t take hi ...more
Kat Walter
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a series, but mine ends at number two. I really resent a book written in larger print with huge margins to fill the required pages for a novel. The writing is disjointed and the editing is not great. Really wanted to like these, but, sadly, I just don’t. Fell short of the mark.
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it
The Evil Men Do by John McMahon is a hard boiled detective story of murder and drugs, set in the small town of Mason Falls, Georgia.

"...If Fultz's death wasn't natural, and this was murder, it meant a killer broke into his house in between a half dozen other visitors. And snuck out somehow. Putting himself in plain view. A small person in a big open space.
'You thinking the chief's spot-on?' Remy asked. 'It's a natural death?'
I hesitated. 'You know what I'm thinking, partner?' I said to Remy.
Carey Calvert
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
"As a detective, you meet victims on the worst days of their lives. And you catch suspects who are the lowest society has to offer. And that's the day to day of it, right? Morning to night. Over and over.

But once in a while, a case is more than that. Once in a while you're confronted with true evil."

The Evil Men Do picks up where McMahon's The Good Detective left off; however, it's not necessary to read The Good Detective, first. In fact, reading The Evil Men Do, only makes me want to pick up t
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

The Evil Men Do by John McMahon is a riveting small town mystery. This second installment in the P.T. Marsh series can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend book one as well.

Detective P.T. Marsh and his partner Detective Remy Morgan find themselves embroiled in a murder investigation after discovering the body of Ennis Fultz. Since the victim lives in an isolated area, they turn to the security footage at a local gas station to zero in on their suspects.  The first person who
Rick Treon
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The detective novel is one of the most celebrated forms of mystery fiction — and one of the hardest to get right. So, when a great new series comes out, I tend to take notice and shout it from the rooftops.

Consider this me shouting about John McMahon’s P.T. Marsh series, which continued with his second novel, The Evil Men Do (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, March 3). McMahon’s debut, The Good Detective, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. The winners will be announced on April 30.

Not onl
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
A twisty, smooth police detective story, “The Evil Men Do” is the second book by John McMahon featuring P.T. Marsh and his partner Remy Morgan. For a small town like Mason Falls, Georgia, quite a bit of crime takes place, and Mason and Morgan try to stay one step ahead of it. They are sent out to the home of controversial Realtor Ennis Fultz by their acting chief to check on his friend only to discover him dead. The dominoes begin falling from there. Every time the pair think they have their sus ...more
Eric Smith
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This story is exquisitely crafted, with all the tropes you would expect to find. The hardscrabble detective with a dark past and mild substance abuse problem, the plucky reliable partner, angry not-quite-on-your-side police chief, and two dimensional villains who appear at just the right time with a baseball bat and a snarl.

I'm ready to forgive the main character for his superhuman endurance - he can get into fights, be beaten, vomit on the side of the road, get pass-out drunk, take two shotgun
Nancy Kilpatrick
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nancy by: BookBub
I loved the opening chapters and thought I'd finally found a new series, even though this is book 2. But frankly, what happened from about not-quite midway through until the end discourages me from reading book 1. It's as if the author lost steam and raced through scenes that might have been less interesting to write, and then, toward the finale, sped up in a different way that seemed to also cram things in. I found some of the plot bits forced and some padding with too much detail that made me ...more
marti parker
Just a note

Enjoyed the theme of the book. It well cover the emotional stress of law enforcement and the dangers to officer relived and families. Perhaps a deeper description of events and relationships would have added interest. Definitely less racial. The officer made a point in telling repeatedly that his wife was
African-American and also identified other characters by their genetic race. This is displeasing as political correctness is bring pushed to treat all equally. The good guys and the
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I have not read the first book in this series, so I found the reliance on what came before informing the plot here a bit disappointing. John McMahon does a fair job of catching the reader up, however, so I never felt left behind. This is a compelling read full of all the expected false starts and red herrings. Things get derailed somewhat by the lack of thoughtfulness with regard to extrajudicial killings of suspects and such focus on the diversity of the cast it descends into pandering. ...more
Gary Regan
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His first book in this series The Good Detective was excellent and this this one is just as good. PT Marsh the lead in this series is an excellent but troubled Detective and his supporting cast is excellent as well. I may have thought the story line in the Good Detective was a little darker this one is very interesting as well. This brook brings a little more depth to PT Marsh and I have to admit I am looking forward to the next book in this series. A very good read bordering on the 5 Star range ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the two books in this series and can't wait for the next one. I laughed out loud in a few places but also rooted for the main characters. Lines like 'He had a face you bought used' and 'He could start an argument in an empty house' made me snort. The ongoing sort of side mystery involving his wife and son (not a spoiler) is a thread I'd like to see solved while understanding why it hasn't been. And I enjoy PT and Remy's relationship. My favorite is Purvis, though..such a tr
Don Gorman
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
(3). I am sure you will enjoy spending a short time with P.T. Morgan (I almost dare you to put down this book). Another of those wonderful, flawed but totally engaging protagonists we seem to have around these days. He likes to “check all the boxes,” and that takes us all over the place all the time. A great pleasure. P.T. Has a myriad of skeletons in his closet, a good partner for his daily detective role and canine companion to lean on for comfort and guidance. We get a great story that twists ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. New author for me. I will certainly have to get the first one and now am excited for the next in the series with this character. Police in a small southern town (outside Atlanta) certainly have a lot going on. The main character has lot going on in his personal life which ties in the murders they are trying to solve--and since it is a small town, everything happening impacts others in some way. Good read!!
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
What a wonderful followup to his first book The Good Detective. A determined detective, flawed but not broken by the circumstances of his life, trying to find and fix the evil in this world. I can't wait for more from this author and in this series!

Favorite quote: "The world was full of evil men, but there was good in it too: a goodness that flourished and survived regardless of circumstance. In fact, despite it."

Thanks to Edelweiss for an ARC of the book.
Eydie sanders
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
With the first book in this series, I said that it was good, but he needed to lighten up a little. I gave the first book, The Good Detective three stars. I'm giving this one four stars because the guy can write! He is an excellent author and I intend to read every book in this series. But I still feel like he needs a hug and possibly a little more. Maybe that would lift the gloom and doom a little.
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John McMahon is the author of THE GOOD DETECTIVE and THE EVIL MEN DO, both featuring Georgia detective P.T. Marsh.

The New York Times Book Review called McMahon “one of those rare writers who seems to have sprung out of nowhere” and whose debut novel is “pretty much perfect.”

In his role as an ad agency creative director, he has won a Gold Clio for his work on Fiat, and he’s written a Super Bowl spo

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