Stay Thirsty Magazine was thrilled to visit with David Swinson at his home in Northern Virginia for this Conversation. STAY THIRSTY: Your latest book, Trigger, is the third installment in your Frank Marr trilogy. Who really is Frank Marr and how has he evolved in these three books? DAVID SWINSON: Frank Marr is someone, I hope, who is the exact man I wrote him to be. I was drawn to his character because I wanted to step away from police procedural and have someone who would break the rules. I also wanted a flawed, broken man, but not someone who complained about everything. He is a man who is content with the way he is, even enjoys the lifestyle. You can only take a character like his so far before…
“In the final mystery in his trilogy starring Frank Marr, Swinson continues to situate his drama on the seedy streets of Washington, D.C., with his functioning addict private eye now in recovery. With ripped-from-the-headlines intensity, Swinson has Marr investigating his former partner’s possible involvement in the shooting of an African-American boy, and ratchets up the drama by having Marr enlist the help of a young man he had once victimized. As they travel through the capital city’s drug underworld, Swinson sustains the velocity of the drama and ingeniously gets at the power dynamic of personal relationships with nuance and generosity toward broken people in his messy world of ambiguous boundaries.” — The National Book Review
Virginia Festival of the Book | Omni Hotel, Charlottesville, VA | Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 2 pm - 3:30 pm Crime Wave novelists Tim Johnston (The Current), Stephen Mack Jones (Lives Laid Away), Kristen Lepionka (What You Want to See), and David Swinson (Trigger) discuss their newest titles, featuring murder, investigations, and intrigue at the 25th annual Virginia Festival of the Book. “[An] outstanding thriller . . . Johnston imbues each character with believable motives. The nuanced plot delves deep into how a community—and surviving relatives—deal with the aftermath of a death.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Superior . . . August Snow [in Lives Laid Away] is an uncompromising crusader with a sense of humor reminiscent of Robert Parker’s Spenser. He merits a long literary life.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “That rare…
"The inciting incident of TRIGGER, David Swinson’s third novel featuring ex-cop-turned-private investigator Frank Marr, is, as they say on television, “ripped from today’s headlines.” Frank’s ex-partner and best friend, Al Luna, has been involved in a shooting that leaves a young black man dead. Al swears the kid had a gun, but none was found at the scene. Frank leaves no piece of concrete or Dumpster unturned in his search for the truth and to prove the shooting was justified ..."— The Big Thrill
"David Swinson’s Frank Marr has become one of my favorite private eyes. A functioning drug addict with a lot of dysfunctional relationships, he is just as likely to go looking for a fix before a suspect. In Trigger, reported to be the end of the Frank Marr trilogy, he takes a case that could lead to redemption or send him spiraling to oblivion ..." — Mystery People
The Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren St, New York, New York | February 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM ... Join David Swinson for the book launch of TRIGGER, the third book in the acclaimed Frank Marr series. Swinson will be joined in conversation with Wallace Stroby, author of SOME DIE NAMELESS.
Rockville Memorial Library, Rockville, MD | Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at 2 pm ... Meet mystery authors Con Lehane and David Swinson at the Rockville Memorial Library. Lehane is the author of Murder at the 42nd Street Library and Murder in the Manuscript Room. David Swinson is the author of the popular DC crime novel The Second girl and Crime Song. Books will be available for sale and signing after the program.
The University Club of Washington DC | Wed. Nov. 29, 2017 5:30pm – 8pm ... Don’t miss this opportunity to get up close and personal with David Swinson and over 60 authors at The University Club of Washington DC 28th Annual Meet the Author Night and Book Fair. Come and get a jump on your holiday gift-giving and chat up the author as he signs a copy of his book just for you and yours! This favorite and always fun Club event is open to all members, guests and the general public.