The Boy In The Box

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Six murders, a child porn ring, horse racing, drug smuggling, beautiful women, crooked police, crooked lawyers; it's all in a days work for Marvin Davis. More

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About George W Parker

George W. Parker has published an intertextual cycle of American genre novels: Death; Juxtaposed, The Letters, The Krew, Conversations at Night, and Vanishing Trick. Additionally he has authored The Boy in the Box the second in the series of Marvin Davis detective novels. He lives in far west Texas where he is currently working on Twin Killing, a novel following the life and deeds of serial killer Robert David Smalley which you can find serialized at

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About the Series: Marvin Davis - Private Detective
Marin Davis, PI - a Dallas,Texas based private detective has been working cases in the city and its environs for over thirty years, first after leaving the Dallas Police Department and now as a "retired" day trader. Divorced, with two kids and a needy ex, Marv knows who he is and what life is about: drugs, sex and money, in any order you want to arrange them.

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Jim MacLachlan reviewed on April 24, 2013

The story was excellent, full of twists & turns in a great noir style. The hero is more of an 'everyman'. He's not brilliant nor do we get to see how tough he is in a fight, but he's honest & dogged. There were some excellent characters, although not all were fleshed out quite enough. That made some a bit more intriguing, but left me hanging on others. Hmmm... that pretty much sums up the novel. It's well on its way to being a 5 star book, but it wasn't quite consistent enough.

It didn't start out well. The first chapter was one of the weakest, but I kept reading & I'm glad I did. The story got stronger all the way and the end - well, I'm not sure if that's good or not, but I'm still thinking about it. Any book of this sort that leaves me pondering has a lot going for it.

Editors are expensive, but necessary. There were quite a few words that even a decent ARC reader would have picked up - 'to' instead of 'too' & such. The whole story felt as if it could have used a bit of evening out. Still, I enjoyed it & this is an author to watch. He has an excellent imagination.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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