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David Swinson speaks at Rockville LibraryRockville Library Event
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.


Hard-Boiled Thrills: 2017’s Best Crime Fiction
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.)”

The University Club of Washington DC

The 28th Annual 
Meet the Author Night and Book Fair
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. 
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.

Author David Swinson with Tom Power at q studios
Toronto, Ont. |October 17, 2017

Listen to Tom Power talk with David Swinson about his latest novel, Crime Song. Swinson also shares details about his fascinating career as a concert promoter and DC cop and how those experiences led to him becoming a crime novelist. Listen to the interview at q studios.

Creatures, Crimes & Creativity ConCreatures, Crimes & Creativity Con
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 Book FestivalGaithersburg Book Festival
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.

Festival of Books

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
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.

VA book festivalCrime Wave: Gritty and Grabbing
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.

1204-bks-crime-blog427The Second Girl is one of The New York Times Best Crime Fiction Novels of 2016
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.


BOLO Books’ Top Reads of 2016 Includes The Second Girl
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.

Silver Spring library
Meet Mystery Authors | Silver Spring Library
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.

noiratbarrichmondNoir at the Bar | McCormack’s Irish Pub
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.

noirconNoirCon | Various locations
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.

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Murderers Row | Rob Brunet
An interview with David Swinson and Sam Wiebe

Last year, I had an opportunity to share a perfect writers’ conference moment with two authors on the brink of launching new PI series. You could tell things were off to a good start when a friend handed us each a warm beer wrapped in a paper napkin.

This June, I read their books back-to-back. David Swinson’s THE SECOND GIRL and Sam Wiebe’s INVISIBLE DEAD spoiled me for the rest of the summer. Their first-person character voices are authentic and what they share with their creators is the gravitas that made spending a couple late nights with these guys so memorable … read more.

Blood on the Bayou Boucheron 2016
New Orleans, LA | September 15-18, 2016

Boucheron 2016 is next week! Too many authors to list. Be sure to check out David’s panel, “Bad to the Bone.” Here’s where to find Mulholland Books’ authors and (free!) copies of their books:

Book Signing | East City Bookshop
Washington DC | August 25, 2016 at 6:30pm

Meet David Swinson, author of The Second Girl and Del Quentin Wilber, author of A Good Month for Murder. They will discuss their new books, followed by a signing at East City Bookshop. For more information, go to EventBrite.


David Swinson and his dog
This Former DC Cop Just Wrote Your Favorite Summer Crime Novel
By on July 5, 2016

“I am not Frank Marr,” says David Swinson even as he does a not-bad impersonation of the protagonist of his new cop thriller, The Second Girl. It’s true that Swinson isn’t exactly the Marr of my imagination, but in my mind they share Swinson’s scruffy beard, swept-back black hair, and dark bags under piercing blue eyes. As he protests, the author is perched on a stool, a tumbler of whiskey in his hand, in Shelly’s Back Room in downtown DC, where Marr also pops up in the book …


The Second Girl Makes KIRKUS’ Summer Reading List
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 …


Book Launch | One More Page Books
Arlington, VA | Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7pm

David Swinson discusses and signs “The Second Girl,” the first book in a new series featuring a retired police detective-turned-drug addict who is thrust back in the limelight. Book launch also features an author interview by Kristopher Zgorski of Bolo Books.  Come celebrate with us at One More Page Books.



Printers Row Lit Fest
Chicago, IL | June 12, 2016 at 1:30pm

Head to Chicago to see Michael Harvey, Marcia Clark and David Swinson in conversation with David Heinzmann of the Chicago Tribune.

Printers Row Lit Fest is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest-drawing more than 150,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase. Printers Row Journal members and Fest Pass holders will have early access to reserve tickets to author programs starting on Monday, May 9 at 10:00am. On Friday, May 13 at 10:00am, tickets will be made available to the general public.


NoirAtTheBarNoir at the Bar | The Final Curtain
Philadelphia, PA | March 19, 2016

A final hurrah for the magnificent Society Hill Playhouse, which has been the home to NoirCon since its inception! Come pay your respects, share your favorite memories, and listen to an extraordinary lineup of writers read from their work.

Readings by David Swinson, Scott Adlerberg, Jen Conley, Dana King, Jon McGoran, Richie Narvaez, Ed Pettit, Wallace Stroby, Erik Arneson, T. Fox Dunham, William Lashner, Adrian McKinty, Rick Ollerman, Joe Samuel Starnes, Duane Swierczynski, Dennis Tafoya. (David Swinson will be reading from The Second Girl.)

Murder Under the Oaks

Bouchercon 2015 | Murder under the Oaks
Raleigh, North Carolina | October 8-11, 2015

Bouchercon is the Annual World Mystery Convention, where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a long weekend of education, entertainment, and fun. The first Bouchercon took place in 1970 in Santa Monica. Recent Bouchercons have been held in Chicago, Anchorage, Baltimore, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and St. Louis.



Noir_at_the_Bar_small.jpgNoir at the Bar DC
Washington, DC | October 2015

In the first D.C. “Noir at the Bar” gathering, 10 crime-fiction authors signed 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.



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Quebec Crime Festival
Quebec City | October 25-27, 2012



Book launch at One More Page Books
Arlington, VA | February 11, 2012



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