“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
"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 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.)”
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.
The list that will keep you book-happy all summer long By Megan Labrise on June 2, 2016 ... The seeming theme of this year’s list—20 titles tailor-made for enjoyment outside, with some lemonade—is “outsiders.” The protagonists of these books, both fictive and real, include artists and writers, felons, fractured families, tomboys, men in fashion, and, in one hotly anticipated novel, the young women of a cult …
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