Sunday, August 04, 2013

A REASON TO LIVE

Author:  Matthew Iden
Genre:  Crime Fiction,
Marty Singer Series #1
Published:  2012
Personal Rating:  3.75/5 (good +)
Format:  eBook
Yearly Count:  60


From NetGalley:

In the late nineties, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man.

Twelve years later, the victim's daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now.

There's just one problem: Marty's retired . . . and he's retired because he's battling cancer. But with a second shot at the killer--and a first chance at redemption--Marty's just found A Reason to Live.

This was a good introduction to Marty Singer.  Ultimately, I thought it was good, but not very good.  I think the cancer storyline turned me off a bit.  It's odd, because one part of me appreciated it and another part felt icky about it.  I think the idea of putting such a realistic, heart-wrenching component (such as cancer) into this fictional crime story just didn't fit.  I'm not exactly sure, but something didn't feel right about it.  Needless to say, I will continue onto #2 Blue Blood.  Despite my uneasy feelings about Marty's illness, I'm looking forward to visiting with him again.






My thanks go to NetGalley for providing me with this eGalley.

6 comments:

  1. Cancer is a tricky thing in crime fiction. I've seen in a few times, some of it done well (I'm thinking of Blue Hour by Parker). I'm curious to see what you think of the next one.

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  2. The cancer definitely adds a different nuance to the character than you might normally see in this type of book. It sounds interesting though and I'm glad you enjoyed it overall. I like that the character's name is Marty (my husband's name). :-)

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    1. Literary Feline ~ I have a relative with that name as well.

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  3. Hmmmm....doesn't sound like a series that I would be interested in really. Not sure what I think about the cancer component. Obviously, you felt that it took away from the story so I'm sure I would feel the same way.

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    1. Staci ~ Yeah, I didn't like it. I hope I like the 2nd one in the series.

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