Here’s a synopsis:
Half of DC Police Detective Ezra Simeon’s face is immobilized from a persistent case of Bell’s Palsy—he must drink through a straw and eat carefully to avoid chewing through his own cheek. He has been detailed from robbery to the cold case department while he heals.
“How odd to dream with one eye open, like having one foot in reality,” Sim muses in the dark, bluesy vein that is typical of his Chandler-esque narration. “That’s what makes dreaming dangerous and why I moved my gun farther from the bed.”
Detective Simeon’s half-frozen world begins to heat up when a friend from his Academy days drops dead of a heart attack, and Sim is tapped to replace him, detailed now to homicide, where he inherits the high-profile case of a murdered escort he alone thinks may be the victim of a serial killer.
“The best crime novel I have read in many years. Written in a sparse but affectionate style, every word feels like filtered through the writers owns experiences and emotions. This creates something truly moving and gripping. A Detailed Man is a tale full of true suspense and drive. But most important of all: you can feel a strong compassion for the human being vibrating from the pages. There is not a fake sentence in the book. Everything comes together in a both horrifying and beautiful way: Just as in all the truly great crime novels of our time.”
Mons Kallentoft – International Bestselling author of the Malin Fors crime fiction series (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)
“A Detailed Man is a relentless tour of DCs most crime-ridden streets, with many beautifully written surprises, and darker than the deepest noir.”
Madison Smartt Bell, author of, The Color of Night (Vintage, 2011)
“While it’s difficult to find a retired cop who hasn’t written a book, it’s rare to find one as beautifully written as ‘A Detailed Man.'”
Tim Grobaty, the Press Telegram of Long Beach
“From the first line in the book David Swinson grabs you by the scruff of the neck and never lets you go, With clean, tight, enticing writing, Swinson provides authentic detail about Washington, D.C. and some of its crime-flush neighborhoods. He also captures perfectly the jaded attitude of a veteran cop in the big city. Though it’s Swinson’s first novel, we can only hope it won’t be his last.”
Allan Lengel, former crime writer for the Washington Post and current editor of ticklethewire.com, a website on federal law enforcement news.
“From corner boys to call girls, Swinson sketches his characters with the authority of a seasoned detective who knows every alley in town.”
Dave Jamieson, award winning journalist and author of, Mint Condition (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010)