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Publisher's Summary

In the late 90s, 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.
©2012 Matthew Iden (P)2013 Matthew Iden
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5 out of 5 stars
By guttersnipe on 09-03-13

At Last - a Voice for Marty!

What did you love best about A Reason to Live?

I loved the book when I first read it - a crime fiction story with a twist. A retired cop, fighting cancer, re-opens an old case. I was so excited to find it an audio version finally. Mr. Sherr does a great job narrating the story - so now I have a voice for my mental vision of Marty Singer. (You might recognize his voice - he does narration for Modern Marvels and the History Channel.) The narration was well-paced and voiced.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the opening scene where Marty meets Amanda, and the scenes with Julie Atwater scenes are great.

Any additional comments?

If you like crime fiction, but are tired of the wrote whodunit, then try Marty Singer out.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By DabOfDarkness on 01-17-14

This book was a distraction

What made the experience of listening to A Reason to Live the most enjoyable?

The character Marty Singer. He was so easy to connect with.

What did you like best about this story?

The pacing was great, with quieter scenes in between the action. Also, there is a pet cat that has no loyalty to Marty (the book is true to life).

What does Lloyd Sherr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lloyd Sherr was an excellent pick for this book. He owned the role and I can’t imagine another voice for Marty. He also had distinctive voices for the other characters, including the ladies.

If you could rename A Reason to Live, what would you call it?

Carnal Carnations

Any additional comments?

This book was a distraction. Don’t tell my man, but dinner was late a few nights because I wanted to listen to this book instead of making a glorious meal (and I do enjoy cooking). Yeah. I liked it that much. Quite frankly, I got attached to Marty Singer. His character made the book for me. He’s got a cat, is a history buff, bit of a wise ass, and has a soft spot for people being stalked by killers. I wanted Marty to kick his cancer in the ass, catch the killer/stalker, and save the day. And he does, but the path is full of twists and turns. Marty had to be nimble to catch his man.

Amanda, a 20-something year old with one degree and working on a second while interning at the university, was the maiden in distress. As Marty was my favorite character, Amanda was my least. I really only have one criticism about this book, and it is how Amanda is portrayed. She lost her mother to a shooting as a kid, grew up in foster care, got a degree, has a job, and is working on a second degree. So why is she portrayed as a 16 year old kid half the time in the book? Other than being the object of desire for the stalker, she doesn’t really bring anything to the story.

OK, enough on that. Enter Julie, the defense attorney who got the cop involved in the shooting of Brenda Lane off. Yeah. Now that the stalker/killer is back and leaving little flowers for Amanda, Marty starts digging through Brenda’s case. Alas, much of the files from the 1990s have been lost or somehow destroyed. So Marty goes to Julie, to see if she has any information on the cop and is willing to share. I really liked Julie’s character because she starts off so very prickly, but then softens, decides to help out, and as a friendship forms between Marty and Julie and Amanda, we learn some of the reasons Julie seems so bitter. She had depth and I liked how that depth was explored.

The pacing was excellent, with plenty of suspense intermixed with reflection, piecing the clues together, and a bit of action. The ending had a few twists I was not expecting (excellent, as I don’t like to guess the ending every book). And the ending also left me hoping Marty’s battle with cancer goes well. Which of course makes we want to read the next in the series.

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