Swann's Down

Swann's Down

by Charles Salzberg

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When Henry Swann is asked by his quirky partner, Goldblatt, to find a missing psychic who's swindled his ex-wife out of a small fortune, he just can't say no. Although he doesn't actually expect to get paid, he figures it might give him a chance to finally learn more about his partner's mysterious past. His search takes him into the controversial, arcane world of psychics, fortunetellers, and charlatans, while raising questions in his own mind about whether or not there is an after-life.

While working his partner's case, he's approached by a former employer, attorney Paul Rudder, to track down a missing witness who might be able to provide an alibi for his client, Nicky Diamond, a notorious mob hitman who's scheduled to go on trial in a week for murder he claims he didn't commit. Swann's search for the missing witness, who happens to be the defendant's girlfriend, takes him from Brooklyn to a small beach town across the bay from Mobile, Alabama. But what does she really know and will she even come back with him to testify for her boyfriend?

Praise for SWANN'S DOWN:

"From Manhattan to Coney Island to the steamy shores of Alabama, Charles Salzberg delivers a top-flight mystery with his latest Henry Swann outing. Highly recommended." —Tom Straw, New York Times bestselling author as Richard Castle

"Psychics, double-crosses, missing persons—Charles Salzberg's latest Henry Swann book has it all. Swann's Down is a gritty, no-frills PI novel that brings to mind greats like Reed Farrel Coleman's Moe Prager and Michael Harvey's Michael Kelly. Whether this is your first Swann adventure or the latest, you won't want to miss the brass-knuckle punch that is Swann's Down. Trust me." —Alex Segura, author of Blackout and Dangerous Ends

"Swann's Down gives readers two intriguing mysteries for the price of one, as skip tracer Henry Swann pursues a woman who might alibi a murderer and a psychic who swindled the ex-wife of Swann's partner. Swann's wry wit, quotes from authors and philosophers, genius for questioning suspects, and dark past make him a character readers will follow anywhere as he seeks his quarry. This is another thrilling addition to this excellent series." —Rich Zahradnik, Shamus Award-winning author of Lights Out Summer

"Henry Swann dives in where others fear to tread in Swann's Down. Fast. Funny. And smart. This time out, Swann crosses paths with a psycho hitman, a phony psychic and Swann's mysterious partner, a disbarred lawyer. Who could ask for more? I hope we'll see a lot more of Swann in the future and that this isn't Swann's swan song." —Paul D. Marks, Shamus Award-winning author of White Heat and Broken Windows

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161289266
Publisher: Down & Out Books
Publication date: 05/20/2019
Series: A Henry Swann Mystery , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 564,475
File size: 531 KB

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Swann's Down 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Henry Swann has been asked by his partner Goldblatt to look into a psychic that swindled his ex-wife out of her inheritance. Although not expecting much except information on Goldblatt Henry heads out to an abandoned hotel on Coney Island for information about this fake and finds himself into the world of the occult. At the same time, attorney Paul Rudder asks Henry to hunt down a witness for a mob hitman. It seems the hitman is claiming that he didn’t kill the person and his girlfriend would prove him right, if they can find the girl. So off to Fairhope, Alabama as Henry begins his hunt for the missing witness. I didn’t realize that this was the fifth book in the series. I easily figured out most of what is going on but I’m still curious about Henry and Goldblatt’s relationship. I noticed that this story doesn’t have they typical intense action scenes that a lot of stories do but that is not a bad thing. It has an amazing story that keeps you reading to see what trouble Henry is going to get himself into next. I do love the snarky outlook and witty comebacks that you read along this journey, I really made the story feel real to me. I love when the main characters can laugh at themselves and the situations they find themselves in. I think this is a great read and I do want to catch up on the first four books of this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
AMGiacomasso More than 1 year ago
A very good, enjoyable and entertaining mystery. I loved the style of writing, the well written characters and how the engaging plot was developed. A very good mystery, it's the first I read in this series and had no problems in understanding the plot or the characters. I look forward to reading other books in this series. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.