Toying between 4 and 5 stars, you see my decision. I very much like this character! Marty is smart, well-spoken, newly and resignedly retired due to health, and an acquaintance to many, a close friend to none but Amanda (introduced in the first Marty Singer book.) There is an "everyman" here that is so likable. In this time out, the mystery if fairly complicated as there are murders of cops that appear unrelated, especially as they occur in several jurisdictions. Marty is called upon, because of his 30 year experience as an homicide detective, to connect the dots...unofficially. Because it is a complicated case, I found myself occasionally forgetting who was who. That's where my struggle with stars lay; I figure it was my inattentiveness and not an author failing that I sometimes had to ponder. There are many twists and turns to this tale, and all are justified. No red herrings here. I am still a bit squeamish with the health aspect to Marty's life, but it is what it is. At least there was less emphasis in this second book. I'm so glad that there are six (so far) in the series! On to number three....
When four murders take place in the DC area, it’s nothing unusual—at first—until a conscientious homicide cop decides it is unusual because the four victims were all cops. He asks retired DC homicide detective Marty Singer to work unofficially to find out what’s going on. Blueblood by Matthew Iden is an edge of the seat thrill to read as Singer finds himself hip deep in a race against time to find the killer before more cops die at his hand. Clues begin to pile up almost as fast as the bodies as Singer battles an indifferent bureaucracy and a blood thirsty Salvadorian hit man, only to discover that there’s more than one killer on the loose. Edgy dialogue and non-stop action mark this extremely well-written thriller. The only fault I could find was the author identifying a cop named Rhee as Vietnamese. Rhee is a Korean name—but, that one small glitch doesn’t mar a topline novel of good versus evil, and the tale of one man who doesn’t quit until he has all the answers. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. It’s been in my queue for a long time, and shame on me that it took me so long to get around to it—but, it was well worth the wait.
I admit I'm a hero junkie. I'm always searching for a new, likable, reflective, strong hero who doesn't take himself too seriously, and that is Marty Singer in Blueblood. I can't wait to read another Singer mystery. The plot was engaging and fast moving, which I appreciated. I also loved Singer's relationship with his unofficially adopted daughter Amanda. She is nice, upbeat, caring, and somewhat innocent and a wonderful contrast to Marty, who has seen so much ugliness that he could easily give in to negativity and moroseness. Amanda keeps him sane. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with likable characters.
with the exception of being too riveted to read it slowly and prolong the pleasure, I do not have complaint one about the second in the Marty Singer series. When it began with a gang component, I was positive I would be, at the very least, disinterested but I found that was not at all the case. I thought it was well-paced, substantial suspense, no red herrings to weed through, the characters of course were as fully fleshed as you would expect - dependent of course on how essential they were to the story, and the occasional inclusion of the antagonist's thoughts in italics was used to good advantage. Several of the characters I am seriously hoping to re-encounter in perhaps a prequel or two, and the female federal marshal who made such a brief appearance toward the latter part of the book was so between-the-lines well done that I'm somehow hoping for more from her. I don't know what it was about the way her character was drawn - either through her participation in the action or glimpses into her personality - but there was something that seemed in need of significant further development and a greater role. One can only hope. For those keeping score, here are the standings as far as heads-ups for most reviewers' pet peeves: 1.) Profanity, but appropriate for character and action; 2.) No paranormal/supernatural component; 3.) No romance; 4.) No sex; 5.) No religious or alternative lifestyle promotion; 7.) Violence, bloody but not grisly; 8.) No child or animal abuse; 9.) No cliffhanger ending; 10.) Grammar and punctuation police, come ahead on; I know you'll find something.
I thought the first Marty Singer book was good but this one is even better. It will hold you attention from beginning to end. As most know, Marty is not a super hero, he is a retired cop, has cancer and has ll the bad things that go along with it. He still has time to investigate a case when asked to do so. It is just a terrific read. Lot of action. Even though she was only in the book for a few pages the female U. S. Marshall was wonderful. What she did and said was so good. The book has a very surprise ending or was to me. I will be ordering the next in the series for my kindle as soon as I finish this review. Mr. Iden please keep on bringing us more Marty Singer. Thank you so much.
There seems to be a writing fad at present where the protagonist suffers from terminal cancer. I imagine writers feel this ads to the angst, but it annoys me. I like Marty Singer all right, even though he is highly opinionated, but The health issue is always in the background, inhibiting my commitment to the character. Having said that; Iden is a good writer, and his apology for stretching the environment of D.C. is unnecessary. I enjoyed the description, even following it with Google Earth. I will no doubt read other work by Iden, but it is behind several other series I enjoy.