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Murderers, kidnappers or gremlins?

Murderers, kidnappers or gremlins?

Event
Join David Swinson at ThrillerFest XIV on July 9 – 13, 2019 in New York City where he will sit on the panel "MURDERERS, KIDNAPPERS OR GREMLINS?" Swinson and fellow authors L.A. Chandler, Raymond Benson, C.J. Carver, Bill Prentice, Kaira Rouda, and David Simms will talk about how to "find your villain" when writing your book. ThrillerFest is the annual conference of the international thriller writers. ThrillerFest XIV presents a blockbuster line-up featuring 2019 ThrillerMaster John Sandford, 2019 Silver Bullet Recipient Harlan Coben, 2019 Thriller Legend Margaret Marbury, 2019 Spotlight Guest Lisa Unger, 2019 Spotlight Guest Stephen Hunter and 2018 Silver Bullet Recipient James Rollins! Join them for the ThrillerFest panels, ATF workshop, Master Class, CraftFest, PitchFest, and more.
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Crime scenes and cocktails

Crime scenes and cocktails

Event
Join David Swinson for crime scenes and cocktails at 1455's first Summer Literary Festival on July 18-20 in downtown Winchester, VA. Swinson and authors Ed Aymar (THE UNREPENTANT), and Christina Kovac (THE CUTAWAY) will take a look at crime fiction at the Winchester Book Gallery on July 19, 2019 from 5pm-6pm. "Having executed a robust programming calendar in 2019, 1455 (previously Virginia Center for Literary Arts, or VCLA) will continue to establish Winchester as a hotbed of creativity and community. After the success of 1455's monthly Author Series at Handley Library and a number of workshops at both Long Branch and the Barns of Rose Hill, Founding Director Sean Murphy decided now was the time to put together a multi-day event focused on writers and writing: a festival of ideas and celebration…
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Stay Thirsty interviews David Swinson

Stay Thirsty interviews David Swinson

Interview
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…
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NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi

NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi

Interview
Former Metropolitan Police Department detective David Swinson joined Kojo Nnamdi at NPR on March 7, 2019 to talk about his new crime novel, "Trigger," - a story of a former M-P-D officer and his discovery of a police shooting involving his best friend and former colleague.
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Five hot books

Five hot books

Book Review, Trigger
“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
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Lost Lives; Thrilling Stories

Lost Lives; Thrilling Stories

Event
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…
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Ripped from today’s headlines

Ripped from today’s headlines

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
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Pick of the Month

Pick of the Month

Book Review
"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
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Celebrate TRIGGER Book Launch in NY

Celebrate TRIGGER Book Launch in NY

Event, Trigger
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.
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Celebrate TRIGGER book launch in Arlington

Celebrate TRIGGER book launch in Arlington

Event, Trigger
One More Page Books & More, 2200 N Westmoreland St, Arlington, Virginia | February 21, 2019 at 7 PM ... Join David Swinson at One More Page Books & More in Arlington, VA for the book launch of TRIGGER, the third book in the acclaimed Frank Marr series.
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