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A Reason to Live – “Mixing Mystery and Reality”

May 24, 2014
Mathew Iden

Mathew Iden

A Reason to Live

by Mathew Iden

Paperback:  362 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 30, 2012)

$13.49 on Amazon, Click: A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)

As someone who has gone through cancer treatment, I have mixed feelings about that element of this story (retired Washington DC detective, Marty Singer, is going through chemo therapy). Not that it isn’t realistic enough, as are the challenges of retirement, but aren’t we all in denial about these things, even those who experience them? So why would we read a book that shoves these issues in our face?

Or if they are just some literary counterpoints isn’t that demeaning (even though Iden does and exceptional job of bring these all to a head in the final scene).

In fact this is a superb writer. He knows police, politics and plot. The parallel love stories work and the ending is perfect. One element I didn’t care for at the time was the italicized  alternate action, though I don’t know how it could have been presented within the story.

This is an interesting start of a series. A great start. Maybe it’s time a detective book took on some real issues. Maybe its time we read and honor such books.

5 out of 5_edited-1

 

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