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A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Iden
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In the late nineties, 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.


See why fans think the Marty Singer books make up one of the top murder mysteries, top detective, and best hard boiled series out there...a best-seller on Amazon's Hard Boiled and Private Investigator lists! Start by grabbing A Reason to Live, the first book in the series (with over 395 five-star reviews!)'s FREE at

The Marty Singer detective series:
  1. A Reason to Live
  2. Blueblood
  3. One Right Thing
  4. The Spike
  5. The Wicked Flee

Editorial Reviews


"The story is filled with twists and turns, just when you expect it to move one way, it turns in another, and only at the very end do you see the full picture." 
BobbieK, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer
"I was hooked. And I stayed hooked."
Big Al and Pals, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer
"I couldn't put this book down when I started reading it. The characters are engaging and likable, the plot is tight and you don't see who dunnit too early." 
Wolfmist, 5 star review

From the Author

In writing A Reason to Live, I wanted to develop the main character, Marty Singer, in such a way that the reader could see him as walking, talking, living human being. Super-human protagonists who can do no wrong are the norm in the thriller business these days and—while I'm a big fan of many of those books—that's not what I wanted to write.
My hero has problems—romantic, physical, and emotional—that are not of his own making, but they don't disappear just because he's in the middle of stopping a vicious killer and saving a young woman's life. In fact, his personal issues often get in the way of reaching his goals. 
It's this interplay of Marty's personal life, mixed with plenty of action and suspense, that I think will make A Reason to Live appealing to lovers of thrillers, suspense, and crime fiction.
Should I read the Marty Singer books in order?
Many readers have asked this question and I would depends. 
I write each Singer mystery as a standalone story—there's no element of the plot, for instance, that will spread across more than one book. But Marty is a likeable and believable character with ongoing issues in his life that naturally extend beyond the pages of the individual novels. 
If you like to get to know your characters and grow as they do, then start with A Reason to Live and go in order. If you want a quick mystery fix, pick up any of the Singer mysteries and run with it.

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  • Print Length: 360 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081MW9LM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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144 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Mystery, Entertaining Read May 24, 2012
By Karen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ex-DC cop, Marty Singer, is facing an uphill battle against cancer. When graduate student Amanda Lane, the daughter of a homicide victim from twelve years earlier approaches him, worried that her mother's killer is now stalking her, Marty decides he must, despite his own health concerns, help her. His reasons are bigger than just helping a young woman in need -- as the lead detective on the mother's case, he feels responsible for the fact that her killer went free.

Soon enough, Marty agrees that someone is stalking Amanda, the question is, is the stalker her mother's killer? And if so, how can they find him before he harms or possibly kills Amanda?

Those two questions, along with some very fine writing and character development, make A Reason to Live, a riveting and entertaining read. I've said this in other reviews: I don't have time to read a book that doesn't catch and hold my interest. I practically devoured A Reason to Live, so I can say easily that it did both - the book caught my interest immediately with an intriguing mystery and held it with characters I cared about and wanted to see succeed. I will definitely be reading more books by Mr.Iden. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Collier's take July 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What a delightful, gut-wrenching tale of mystery and surprise! Finally, a middle-age protagonist who still has enough moxie to kick butt now and then. I enjoyed the style, language and clever metaphors. Dialogue was abundant and entertaining. Surprises are in store re the leading bad guy; and Iden drops a hint at the end about the possible future return of a despicable killer who was thought to be put away forever.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story June 28, 2012
This was a very good book and a quick read. The storyline was interesting and just when you thought the author was going the route of predictability, he would throw in a twist that kept you guessing.

As an advocate for American Cancer Society, I liked the twist on his cancer and how it may have slowed him down, but didn't stop him from doing what he felt needed to be done. Shows that you can live with cancer without giving up on your life.

I am anxiously awaiting Marty's next adventure. Keep it up Matt!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old sins cast long shadows July 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In this intriguing mystery/police novel, Marty Singer faces two battles. The first is his battle with cancer. The second is his battle to discover the truth about events from 12 years ago, when a fellow policeman was charged with shooting an innocent victim and walked. When her daughter shows up on his door, asking for his help, they both realize she is being stalked by the same person who stalked her as a child, the same person who killed her mother.

Marty, still trying to be a knight in shining armor, takes on her case. However, as he begins chemotherapy, they create an unlikely alliance and combo. At times we aren't sure who is helping who, and when the perpetrater's attorney shows up, they all become more of a team.

The story is filled with twists and turns, just when you expect it to move one way, it turns in another, and only at the very end do you see the full picture along with Marty.

From a cancer point of view, I greatly appreciated the insight into Marty's journey. It was done with caring and sensitivity, and I loved the advice from the nurse. And I found it touching when Marty discovers that cancer did not take away his ability to be with a woman. The scenes were well done and tasteful. There is a minimal amount of rough language used, but it, too, is used with discretion.

I am grateful to have received my copy of this book from the author for review. It is my hope that he will continue his own journey as an author, since I found the book both engrossing and inspiring.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars reminds me of a Lawrence Block novel June 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a lifelong fan of detective-genre mysteries, and this book reminds me of some of my old favorites, especially good old Lawrence Block. The prose is clean and concise; the story is deep and heartfelt; the hero is both flawed and stouthearted. I received this book as a gift, and it was a pure pleasure to read. Very highly recommended!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review June 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The story is classic detective mystery book. Iden's writing has a natural ease to it, and his characters are deep and well rounded. Just look at Marty, a retired homicide detective. Kind of cliche until you see that he's battling cancer.

I don't think Marty likes being retired either. He's a lonely man who is forced to look death in the face. This was a brilliant move because here is a guy who has dealt with the ugly side of death his entire career, now he has to deal with the possibility of his own.

Amanda, the daughter of one of his unsolved cases, showed up at the perfect time. He needed a project, to be needed. She needed help, and the police weren't an option. She knew the murderer was back, but it wasn't anything concrete and basically the police failed her the first time around.

This is a great book. If you like Michael Connelly or Jonathan Kellerman, you will love this.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story October 17, 2012
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It was really wonderful to read a book whose characters were so well developed and humanized. While Marty Singer is battling cancer he still finds the energy to help Amanda Lane for the second time. I will not write about the plot because I recommend you read it and feel the sensitivity of the author and his knowledge. I found have found a new author
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
A very well written detective mystery. I was not pleased with the ending but, it might be reconciled in the next book though. If you like detective mysterys, read this one.
Published 5 hours ago by barry
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Really,really good!!! My first "Iden" book but certainly not my last. Kind of fell in love with Marty. I hope he becomes a PI and Amanda stays in the chaos with him!
Published 17 hours ago by Cris
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatta Surprise!
This was a delightful surprise.

Excellent plot and character development, a couple of side steps along the way. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Prof Heshie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reason
As usual I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Was not ready for it to end. All good books should leave you wanting more. This one certainly did.
Published 3 days ago by Gretchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Mystery!!!
Now I want to buy the rest of the series!!! You sure don't see some of the twists coming!!!
Published 4 days ago by woodfords
4.0 out of 5 stars I found a new author!
I found a new author! I really enjoyed the book. It was an easy read but kept my interest. I will certainly go back and read the rest of his books.
Published 4 days ago by sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reason to Read
I thought this book was great. It was very easy and quick to Read. I Would recommend reading this and I will definitely continue to Read the rest of the series.
Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome first class mystery
This book is filled with plenty of mystery and suspense. Gives an exciting entrance into justice systems and what can happen if some actions are left unchecked. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Pam Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK Read - Exactly That
I've rated it exactly that an OK read. I did find parts of the book annoying and couldn't relate to the characters, I wouldn't read another book in this series
Published 6 days ago by Annie Athens
5.0 out of 5 stars fast read
Another really fun mystery read! Loved the character growth and the intricacies of the plot. Plenty of blood and guts excitement to keep anyone's attention. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Les Mack
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More About the Author

Matthew Iden writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, crime fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist.

An eclectic resume--he's held jobs with the US Postal Service, international non-profit groups, a short stint with the Forest Service in Sitka, Alaska and time with the globe-spanning Semester at Sea program--has given him inspiration for short stories and novel ideas, while trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica haven't hurt in the creative juices department, either. A post-graduate education in English Literature wasn't necessary, but it helped define what he didn't want to do with his life and let him read a great deal of good books.

Please visit him on the web at, Tweet @CrimeRighter, or find him on Facebook,

Matthew lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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