The Village Voice names Crime Song as one of the top five best crime and mystery novels of 2017. “Talk about earning your crime-writing bona fides. David Swinson has accumulated some hard-earned mean streets wisdom. A former punk rock promoter, indie film producer, and decorated Washington, D.C., detective for sixteen years before turning to fiction, this year Swinson released the second installment in his Frank Marr series. Crime Song surpassed his debut effort, 2016’s The Second Girl, and firmly established his cokehead investigator Marr as one of the genre’s most damaged yet empathetic characters. The writing feels as authentic and true to the street as The Wire — which for crime writers is about the highest praise there is. (Mulholland Books, 368 pp.)”
Columbia, MD | September 8-10, 2017 ... Plan to see David Swinson in September at the the next Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con in Columbia, MD. Their purpose is to gather readers and writers of all genre fiction; including mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal etc. Look for more information coming soon!
Gaithersburg, VA | Sat. May 20, 2017 10am – 6pm ... David Swinson will be speaking at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May. Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and songwriters from across the country to its quaint, park-like setting in the heart of Olde Towne Gaithersburg.
Los Angeles, CA | Sunday, April 23, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm ... David Swinson and fellow authors Tim Hallinan and Joe Ide discuss “Crime Fiction: Walking the Line” at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the USC campus in April. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. Each year, over 150,000 people go to the University of Southern California campus to experience a gathering of writers, poets, artists, filmmakers and musicians like no other. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest festival of its kind in the United States.
Charlottesville, VA | Sat. March 25, 4 pm – 5:30 pm ... Catch the “Crime Wave” program at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, VA. The panel features Bill Beverly (Dodgers), Steph Post (Lightwood), and David Swinson (The Second Girl) share their captivating crime stories, including jaw-dropping plot twists.
From the Booking Desk |December 1, 2016 ... I feel like a broken record, but every year I say that compiling my Top Reads list gets more and more difficult. 2016 was a stellar year for crime fiction and as such, I had to make some very difficult cuts to my final list. I could easily compile another list of books that just missed being included on this official round-up. See the Top Reads list at Bolo Books.
Crime by Marilyn Stasio |December 2, 2016 ... Although it wasn’t done by design, this year’s 10 Best Crime Novels fall neatly into various subgenres. So what you’re really getting are my choices for: Best Rural Mystery Set in Mississippi, Best Mystery Featuring a Drug-Addicted Private Eye, Best Historical Mystery Set in the 14th Century and so on. See the complete list at The New York Times.
Silver Spring, MD | November 12, 2016, 2-3 pm ... David Swinson is the author of The Second Girl, a newly released DC crime novel that features Frank Marr, a good detective with a bad habit. Con Lehane’s newest book, Murder at the 42nd Street Library, is the first in a new series featuring Raymod Ambler, curator of the 42nd Street Library’s crime fiction collection. Join the authors on Saturday, November 12 at 2 pm at Silver Spring Library.
Richmond, VA | November 5, 2016 ... Hosted by Marietta Miles and Eryk Pruitt, “Noir at the Bar” gathers 12 crime-fiction authors who will sign and read from their books. First held in Philadelphia in 2008, “Noir at the Bar” events are popping up across the country, with crime-noir writers networking and sharing their stories.
Philadelphia, PA | October 26-30, 2016 ... NoirCon is a biennial literary conference devoted to the dark, elusive, and seductive areas of art and life that we have come to call “noir.” Over a weekend, participants gather for panels, conversations, and parties centered around the best classic and contemporary expressions of this art form. The conference allows friends, new and old, to gather and carry on discussions that fittingly last late into the night. Above all else, NoirCon is a celebration, and a community of like-minded individuals who, thanks to our common interests, can become a family. Be sure to catch David’s panel on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 9:30-10:30 at Hotel Brotherhood USA, 1523-29 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA.