A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Thursday, July 11, 2013


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I picked up "A Reason to Live" from the kindle lending library. This is the first in the Marty Singer series.When Marty is diagnosed with the "Big C", he retires from the police department. Now, only a few months into his retirement, he is approached by Amanda, a young lady that Marty met when he was investigating her mother's murder twelve years ago. Amanda is all grown up now, a teacher at a local university. Amanda had been receiving flowers from someone she is sure is from the man that killed her mother, a former police officer. The guy dropped off the map after he got away with murder. Now it seems he is back and Amanda is his new obsession. Marty faces a whole new set of obstacles trying to find Michael Wheeler and protect Amanda. First of all he is not on the force anymore, so doors that would have been opened to him before, are no longer an option. Secondly, he is about to start his first round of chemo and the effects of the treatment hits Marty pretty hard. So, Marty looks up his old partner and the two work together to  keep Amanda from becoming another victim. Opening up a twelve year old case naturally brings old memories to the front of Marty's mind. Wheeler's attorney, the prosecutor, the trial, disappearing evidence and the aftermath of losing such an obvious open and shut case. The last person Marty expected to become an ally was Wheeler's attorney. But,  that case ruined her career and Wheeler scared her. She too  could be a target, so she also joins in the chase to find Wheeler. This is a motley group of comrades that try to prevent a crime without much help. This novel has a great balance of modern hard boiled detective, dark humor, and human frailty. The detectives are not reliant on forensics or other  modern tools. They must depend on their wits and brains and little old fashioned leg work to get the job done. There's plenty of action, suspense, and few nice twist to keep you on your toes. The areas where we must face Marty's cancer are done especially well. Realistic, yet not morose. This case gives Marty something to focus on other than his illness and changes he will face in his life. He can still contribute and enjoy life and love despite his illness, which gives us hope that Marty will continue fight his disease successfully.I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Overall a solid A.
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