Home Truths

A Kiwi Noir Novel

Fiction - Crime
384 Pages
Reviewed on 04/30/2022
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Author Biography

During a lenghty career as a court registrar and manager in the New Zealand justice system, Mark McGinn had the privilege of assisting some of the finest lawyers and judges in action. Both that experience and his behavioral assessment work in staff recruitment and development have enriched and driven his writing of crime stories and thrillers. Mark is also a Story Grid Certified Editor specializing in crime stories. He wrote Home Truths having lived through the Canterbury Earthquakes and that experience and the hardships and injustices suffered by his fellow citizens was a strong motivator for writing this novel.

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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

Detective Jonah Solomon, better known as Solly, was the arresting officer in Rachel Trix’s case; she is an ex-cop and fraudster. She served a three-year term in prison for fraud and was paroled; she got bail on a robbery charge and is at large. When Inspector Fergus Dowling received information about Trix’s escape route, he and Solly arranged an interception. This interception went off the rails and Trix escaped. Solly’s life was turned into a whirlpool of events and he was now more determined than ever to arrest her. During the investigation to find out what became of Trix, a mountain of illegal operations and truths are uncovered. As the investigation progresses, Solly finds out that he trusted the wrong people and did not really know who they were in Home Truths by Mark McGinn.

The suspense in Home Truths by Mark McGinn makes the story very powerful. I never knew what to expect next. It kept me on edge and I could not turn the pages fast enough. The story is fast-paced, but never felt rushed; each chapter was a run-up to the next chapter. There was so much action in Home Truths with never a dull moment. The characters were well developed and I felt I knew them and could relate to them. Solly’s character was unique; he stood out above his circumstances in spite of the trauma of his childhood. He had secrets he did not want in the open but, in the end, more people knew about his past than he expected. I was interested in the arrest and imprisonment of Rachel Trix, but the story had so much more in store; the ending was very unexpected. This is a must-read for lovers of crime and murder stories.