Sunday, August 04, 2013


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.


  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.

  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). :-)

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

  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.

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


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