Swann Dives In

Swann Dives In

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by Charles Salzberg
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 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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Library Journal
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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ISBN-13:
9781432826222
Publisher:
Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date:
11/09/2012
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
1,398,561
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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