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Swann Dives In

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Swann's last case nearly killed him, emotionally and physically. Now he's sworn off his old profession and taken on a steady gig. But climbing stairs to hook poor people up to cable is hard on his knees... and not the kind of connections he's good at making. So when an opportunity arises to bring order to chaos for a price—his secret pleasure in life—Swann is pulled back in.

The case starts simply, with a call to find a burglary suspect who's gone on the lam. But the twists and ...

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Overview

Swann's last case nearly killed him, emotionally and physically. Now he's sworn off his old profession and taken on a steady gig. But climbing stairs to hook poor people up to cable is hard on his knees... and not the kind of connections he's good at making. So when an opportunity arises to bring order to chaos for a price—his secret pleasure in life—Swann is pulled back in.

The case starts simply, with a call to find a burglary suspect who's gone on the lam. But the twists and turns will take him right to the dizzying top of America's ivory towers. Swann is soon on the trail of a wealthy lawyer's rebellious daughter, who's disappeared along with her disreputable boyfriend. Finding the beau—an intellectual and amoral trickster—leads him into the dangerous midst of cutthroat academics, sexy librarians, and killer book collectors, with a priceless first edition of Tender is the Night the surprising prize along the way.

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Depressed and at loose ends, New Yorker Henry Swann (a self-identified skip tracer) gets his mojo back when he takes a case involving a missing adult daughter. He doesn't particularly like his high-powered client, but he agrees to determine the whereabouts of the college-age Marcy, who seems to have disappeared with her perpetual-graduate-student boyfriend, Sean. As Henry pokes around the academic haunts of Syracuse and Harvard, he learns more about the elusive couple—most important, that they are active in the rare book auction business. The intricacies and shadiness of the trade enabled a major crime, Henry decides, and he pursues determinedly. Meanwhile, threats to his well-being suggest the trail is very warm. VERDICT Antihero PI Swann's sophomore case (after Swann's Last Song) delivers the goods in this well-paced literary mystery. Salzberg's soft-boiled touch makes this clever bibliophile case a fun read, particularly with its abundant literary references.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432826222
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/9/2012
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 1,028,967
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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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