Swann Dives In [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148519027
  • Publisher: Charles Salzberg
  • Publication date: 9/9/2013
  • Series: A Henry Swann Detective Novel , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 122,181
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Posted February 10, 2013

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    Charles Salzberg has done it again! I read this book in one sit

    Charles Salzberg has done it again! I read this book in one sitting and enjoyed every breathless moment of it.

    Skip tracer Henry Swann has now become the cable guy, enduring seemingly endless flights of stairs, staggering heat, rebellious tempers and caustic remarks in his day-to-day activities. Suddenly, he receives a call from an old friend and is drawn back into the world of being a private investigator.

    Wealthy Carlton Phillips’ daughter, Marcy, is missing and he’s getting a little worried about her. Phillips will only reveal a few tantalizing clues, then he clams up, making Swann ponder the man’s real motives. Nevertheless, the gumshoe begins to run down the leads.

    Apparently, Marcy was pretty cozy with a brilliant student for life, one Sean Loomis. According to some, Loomis is a veritable genius and a true scholar. He adores old books and the stories behind them. Unfortunately, Sean also seems to have gotten himself into a few scrapes in the past, possessing a criminal history that may very well endanger Marcy.

    Suddenly, notes begin to show up, warning Swann to drop the case. His room is ransacked and street toughs corner him, trying to turn him from the investigation. Now, Swann is certain he’s onto something! Someone doesn’t want him digging any deeper and Swann wonders to what lengths the man – or woman – will go to stop him before he learns the truth.

    What a wonderful journey this was into the world of rare books! I also thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Salzberg’s vivid descriptions of New York City, its small town atmosphere among each borough and the flavors of each. Characterizations were outstanding. I really felt I got into these people’s heads and the ending leaves me wondering about the next adventure for Henry Swann. Such a masterful intertwining of humor, intelligence, and good old fashioned street smarts deserves another few novels, don’t you think? Until the next adventure . . .

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 3, 2014

    Fart out loud

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    Henry Swann is a P.I. known as a skip tracer but has left that b

    Henry Swann is a P.I. known as a skip tracer but has left that business to become a cable guy. When he gets a call from an old friend asking him to find a missing girl, he is pulled back into being a private investigator.

    The client is a wealthy lawyer named Carlton Phillips who wants Swann to find his daughter, Marcy.  Swann starts his investigation and finds out Marcy has a boyfriend named Sean Loomis. He believes that if he finds Sean, he will find Marcy. Finding Sean is hard to do because he is very intelligent and seems to be one step ahead of Swann all the time. Swann finds a connection to Sean and the sale of well done forgeries of classic literature so he follows that lead.

    I really liked Swann and thought his character development was fantastic.  I liked that he was not concerned about his own personal appearance or accommodation but was very diligent at his job on finding things for people.  I quite enjoyed the description of New York City and it's boroughs, however, throughout the book I found many areas that were overly descriptive with too much detail. I caught myself skimming over parts which isn't something that I normally do. 

    Won this book in a giveaway.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Great, quick read

    Really loved this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Fun read

    Enjoyed it. Would like to read more Swann adventures.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Good read

    If you like to be kept guessing, this is for you. I am looking forward to reading more books about
    Henry Swann.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Jack

    He pulled up in their drive way seeing Aphrodites car "Aph is here good." He got out and quickly opened the door letting Sam out "Don't worry about Brady I got him. Just go tell my parents that we need help and Brady will be in the living room." He said as he pulled Brady out of the car

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    Recommend

    A little slow at the beginning but then you get hooked. Lots of twists and turns. Very interesting to learn about the rare book trade. (I wonder how that will work in the future when everything will be published electronically.) Anyone interested in books will find it very interesting. Quite a family value twist at the end.

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Hired to find a

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    Hired to find a daughter, but ending up on an adventure from New York to Boston to London where trying to find the boyfriend and a book may eventually lead this detective into the hands of the daughter in question. I loved this book from page one, I was excited to go on this journey to find out where this daughter had ended up and why she was avoiding her father.

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