“A Good Kill” is the third book featuring P. T. Marsh of Mason Falls, Georgia. New readers may miss some of the intricacies of the encounters in this book, but a broad picture of previous events is part of the current narrative. This book is the complex life of Paul Thomas Marsh, and the story is told mostly in his first person narrative. His wife and son were murdered by a paid killer, and his life was destroyed. He struggles daily, walking through the messy swamp of the past. He has had a lot of time to think, but he is still searching for justice. He has almost nothing left; he has his job and fishing, always fishing.
McMahon immediately plunges readers and P.T. Marsh into the trauma of a dramatic situation. School shooting. One gunman. Hostages. One teacher dead. Marsh knows when a gunman takes hostages, all bets are off. A phone call. Aim. Pull the trigger. Shooter down. Why this school? Why this building? Why this teacher? Throughout the narrative, the clock turns back to answer those questions.
Mason Falls is a small town; yet its proximity to Atlanta brings other cases, other events, and other things for homicide detectives Marsh and his partner Remy Morgan to investigate. There is no time to sleep when there are crimes to be solved. The crimes seem random, and yet somehow connected. The task is to connect the pieces of this puzzle, and in this case there are actual pieces of some unknown thing to identify. When Marsh and Morgan find out what those little things really are, everything changes, and something has to be done, now.
“A Good Kill” tells several complex stories. The investigations are methodical, detailed, and precise. The facts are itemized, and the stories come together in a very unexpected way. I received a review copy of “A Good Kill” from John McMahon, Putnam’s Sons Publishers, and Penguin Random House. I also read the two previous books, and I highly recommend reading the entire series.