Charles Salzberg is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, New York magazine and the New York Times Book Review. He has written, co-authored or ghostwritten over 20 non-fiction books, and his novel, Swann’s Last Song, was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel. His latest novel, Devil in the Hole, was published in July, 2013. He has been a Visiting Professor of Magazine at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and he teaches writing at the Writer’s Voice and the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member.
Swann Dives Inby Charles Salzberg
A millionaire, a missing heiress, evasive college professors, rare book dealers, and ten thousand dollars a week draw a retired Henry Swann back into the detective game in Charles Salzberg’s new novel, SWANN DIVES IN. When last seen in Salzberg’s Shamus Award-nominated mystery debut, Swann’s Last Song, Swann was wiped out and done with skip… See more details below
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A millionaire, a missing heiress, evasive college professors, rare book dealers, and ten thousand dollars a week draw a retired Henry Swann back into the detective game in Charles Salzberg’s new novel, SWANN DIVES IN. When last seen in Salzberg’s Shamus Award-nominated mystery debut, Swann’s Last Song, Swann was wiped out and done with skip tracing—finding missing deadbeats and losers for a few bucks. Working as a cable service guy was a bit on the dull side, but for Swann not risking life and limb was a welcome relief. Swann finds having an excellent reputation for finding people is a blessing and a curse as his services are sought out once again and the money and the case are just too intriguing to turn down.
Millionaire lawyer Carlton Phillips has lost track of his daughter Marcy. Her last known whereabouts were at her school, Syracuse University. While trying to track down Marcy and/or her geeky boyfriend Sean Loomis on a quick trip upstate, Swann follows the clues to a sorority house, a pizza joint, and the office of a literature professor who is clearly hiding something.
Armed with more questions than leads Swann flies up to Boston where he narrowly avoids the arms of a seductive and secretive librarian. Finally back in New York City, Swann tries to sort out the details of the case. Is Marcy Phillips a victim? What is the nature of her relationship to the sexy and cagey Elizabeth Lawson? Is Carlton Phillips somehow involved in this story? How are all of these people connected to the rare book world, and who is really trying to get away with something?
"I always love it when I come across a new private detective to admire and worship, someone who is brave where I'm weak, someone who gets his hands dirty while I keep mine clean. Henry Swann is such a detective and he tells a great story. For fans of hard-boiled mysteries or just plain old good fiction, I'm sure you'll love Swann Dives In."
--Jonathan Ames, Author of “Wake Up, Sir!” and Creator of "Bored to Death"
"If you like your P.I.s sexy, well-read and wise-cracking, Henry Swann is your man. Swann dives into a case with a prickly millionaire, a missing heiress and some rare manuscripts in this literate and literary novel."
--Rosemary Harris, Anthony & Agatha-nominated Author of “Pushing Up Daisies”
"Henry Swann is the great tradition of American mystery heroes: world-weary, philosophical, tough, and competent. This novel is totally entertaining."
--Laurence Klavan, Edgar Award-winning Author of “The Cutting Room” and The Shooting Script”
"Swann Dives In takes you in all kinds of unexpected directions, not only giving the reader a fresh view of the crime novel but a fresh view of the nature of crime itself.”
--Lauren Weisberger, Author of “The Devil Wears Prada”
“Swann is a very cool take on the classic PI”
--Andrew Klavan, Author of “True Crime” and “Don’t Say a Word”
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