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Black Shadows

Black Shadows

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by Simon Swift

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When rookie private detective, Errol Black, gets mixed up in the killing of gangster Dutch Schultz, he vows to clean up his act. But when former partner Dyke Spanner is shot to death, Black is drawn into a violent and bloody quest for a mythical, priceless diamond.

New Jersey 1935: When private detective, Errol Black and his fellow agents, are protecting an


When rookie private detective, Errol Black, gets mixed up in the killing of gangster Dutch Schultz, he vows to clean up his act. But when former partner Dyke Spanner is shot to death, Black is drawn into a violent and bloody quest for a mythical, priceless diamond.

New Jersey 1935: When private detective, Errol Black and his fellow agents, are protecting an Irish mobster they become embroiled in the killing of Dutch Schultz. A gunfight leaves bloody chaos.

Ten years later, Black’s past is about to catch up with him. A young woman hires Black for a seemingly routine surveillance job, former partner Dyke Spanner is shot dead and Black is drawn deeper into a violent and bloody quest.

The search for the priceless blue Tavernier Diamond throws Black into the line of fire of New York’s ruthless Tongs. To even hope to solve the mystery, Black must journey into his past where both the secret to Dyke’s murder and the clues to the hidden diamond lay.

Black Shadows is a crime thriller blending fact and fiction. In the finest hardboiled tradition, it is filled with gangsters, beautiful dames, colourful villains and red herrings.

"Black Shadows is a tightly written piece of noir fiction, inviting obvious comparisons to Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett." ~ HarperCollins

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Black Shadows is an Authonomy Gold Star Winner.

During its time on the author's website, Black Shadows held the record for number of comments, backings and was ranked the all time number one crime book.

It is the first novel in the Errol Black trilogy.

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Black Shadows 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That is not me. What do you need,my beloved apperentice? Time is going by so fast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He waits.
Shalini_Boland More than 1 year ago
Black Shadows is slick, witty and reads like a classic b&w film. I wouldn't say this is my genre, but it doesn't matter because Swift is a master story-teller evoking a wisecracking 1930's flavour and an energy which leaps of the page. If you like your gangsters tough and your dames to-die-for, then this is the book for you.
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Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
Black Shadows by Simon Swift is a very enjoyable noir. Swift seems to have captured all the elements that make up the classic detective noirs. From the first page I was drawn into the mystery and intrigue that Black Shadows offered. This story is told from the perspective of Errol Black. Errol is a private eye, a detective with a not so clean background. Errol takes on the case of the beautiful and alluring damsel in distress, Claudia. He gets more than he bargains for when he investigates her fiancée. Errol gets mixed up in a world-wind of problems including getting involved with well known gangsters and being suspected of murdering his former partner, Dyke Spanner. Errol is a flawed, tough, cynical type of guy. He has a soft spot for the sweet and innocent and a weakness for the femme fatals. Errol doesn't know who to trust. Practically everyone he knows has some sort of motive why they wanted Spanner dead and why they want the priceless blue Tavernier Diamond. The closer Errol gets to finding the killer the more dead bodies start to pile up. This story is full of red herrings that keep you captivated. With so many motives and opportunities for murder it was hard to eliminate any of the suspects. The characters are shady with motivations of greed and lust. I found it interesting that one of the characters is based on the real life gangster, Dutch Schultz This book had such a vintage feel to it. Simon Swift did a great job sorting out the details of this time period to make it as authentic as possible. I absolutely loved the 1940's New York setting. This book had everything I had expected to find in a noir and more. The story is very entertaining and definitely worth reading. Black Shadows is the first book in the Errol Black trilogy.
Soooz More than 1 year ago
Move over Raymond Chandler, there's a new kid in town, and he's good...damned good. I have always loved Chandler's work and usually find myself comparing anything in the same genre to him.Well guess who has a new benchmark? I am still smiling at the pristine and rapid fire dialogue. 1940's USA and it's all there...the attitude, the sights, smells, sounds of that time and place are alive and well and living on these pages, luring you in and holding you captive. I dare you not to smile at the verbal exchanges. The pacing is as perfect as it gets, author Simon Swift doesn't rush you through, he uses his unique style to edge you into that marvelous state of "I must know more!" Don't misunderstand, the characterizations lose nothing in this pace. They are rich and intensely visual. I am putting this on my list of best books for 2011. Do yourselves a favor...read it.
catkin More than 1 year ago
BLACK SHADOWS REVIEW SIMON SWIFT Black Shadows is not a book I would normally choose to read, but I'm so glad the opportunity was given to me. We are introduced to the main character Errol Christopher Black, a rookie private detective as he tucks into a large bloody porterhouse steak. Detectives Terry Shadow and Dyke Spanner of the Shadow Man Detective Agency are helping him work his way through a now half empty bottle of claret. The story unfolds in Newark New Jersey in 1935 where mobs rule, and we are witness to a typical shoot out of the time. As the table is upended to afford some form of protection from the flying bullets, they realise that they are not the intended targets but Terry Shadow meets his untimely end with two clean bullets to the head. Ten years down the line we find Errol Christopher Black with a new partner, Hermeez Wentz and now based in Manhattan at the Black and Wentz Detective Agency along with his very obliging secretary Ava Jameson. Errol seems happy to take on run of the mill cases and his new client Claudia seems to fit into that category. She tells of a straying fiancé George, along with the discovery of a lipstick and pair of lacy panties which don't belong to her. As he takes on what he considers to be a routine surveillance case, Errol is unexpectedly drawn back once more to the mobsters and gangs of that time. His one time partner Dyke Spanner is shot to death and Errol finds himself on the trail of a blue diamond coveted by hoodlums and beautiful women alike. The story unfolds with many twists and turns, whilst the reader is witness to the beautiful women that Errol chooses to bed, in his quest for the diamond and the elusive George. Murder is not a rare occurrence either. To state more would give away too much of the plot. The strength of the writing led me to imagine that I was entering into a 1940's movie with Humphrey Bogart in the wings. I also firmly believe that with the right exposure, there is potential here for a film. Many times during reading BLACK SHADOWS I was convinced that I had all the answers, only to be completely wrong footed by the superb, imaginative writing of Simon Swift. Teresa Geering (Eyes of A Village)