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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rupert Holmes Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781400171552
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Two-time Edgar Award winner Rupert Holmes—author of the critically acclaimed Where the Truth Lies and creator of the Tony Award–winning musical whodunit The Mystery of Edwin Drood—now fuses gripping suspense and evocative music in an innovative novel of intrigue set in 1940, during the very heart of the Big Band era. Swing is a multimedia experience, containing musical tracks that give clues to the mystery.

Jazz saxophonist and arranger Ray Sherwood, touring with the Jack Donovan Orchestra, is haunted by personal tragedy. But when a beautiful and talented Berkeley student named Gail Prentice seeks his help in orchestrating a highly original composition called “Swing Around the Sun,” which is slated to premiere at the Golden Gate Exposition on the newly created Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, Ray finds himself powerfully drawn to the beguiling coed. Within moments of first setting eyes on her, Ray also witnesses a horrifying sight: a young woman plunging to her death from the island’s emblematic Tower of the Sun.

As the captivated Ray learns more about Gail and her unusual family, he finds himself trapped in a tightening coil of spiraling secrets—some personally devastating, all dangerous and deadly—in which nothing is certain, including Gail’s intentions toward him and her connection to the dead woman who made such a grisly impact upon the stunning island. As events speed toward a shocking climax, Ray must use all his physical daring and improvisational skills to unlock an ominous puzzle whose sinister implications stretch far beyond anything he could imagine.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Imaginative, smart, and impressively elaborate, a sophisticated foray into musical mystery plotting.”

    New York Times

  • “It’s the people, living and dead, who stay in the memory after the last page has been turned, the last letter-perfect description of a vanished world has touched a chord, the last note of swing music has been played.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Swing just might be the best historical thriller of the year. Certainly it is the most creative.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendall | 2/17/2014

    " A great read, a great period piece, and a great book for the musically knowledgeable. The central mystery was not bad, but not at the level as the rest, which lost it a star. Many years ago, before cacophony drowned out music and when I was young, I played in a swing band. It was wonderful, and my eternal gratitude to Rupert Holmes for bring back the memory of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/11/2014

    " kind of a poor man's devil in the white city but keeps up a cute "maltese falcon"ish dialog between characters and is fun because it's in oakland/sf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maxtourtelot | 2/9/2014

    " 3.5 stars. I really liked the era and locale of this book (I did go to Berkeley after all), but the undercurrent of the book relates to the death of the main character's young daughter. It was a difficult theme to be reminded of (my daughter is 20 months), but the story was well written and had great twists and turns. It was a fast read and I couldn't put it down. I think I would have loved the book (or liked it more) if I knew more about musical theory (what key different instruments' music is written in, etc.), which is integral to the story. The story was fast paced and had some great twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice Russell | 2/7/2014

    " A jazz musician, playing a gig in San Francisco, witnesses a woman's death. She falls from a tower in what appears to be a suicide. This is set in 1940, with considerable detail about the World's Fair on the newly constructed Treasure Island. There's murder and espionage here, and I usually avoid spy thrillers. Something about them always confuses me and here (according to my notes) it is the motivations of the participants. Overall, I liked it. Especially impressive that the author composed music to accompany the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mairi | 1/26/2014

    " Clever and fun but not edge-of-my-seat gripping. It was a nice period piece with a satisfying twist and resolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/18/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this. A light-hearted noir-inspired jazzy mystery. Won't change your life, but it's a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissie | 12/26/2013

    " Not as good as Where the Truth Lies--but entertaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 12/19/2013

    " I listened to this as a book on CD. It was fun to listen to. The mystery does not appear until the very end. Story is set in 1940, so the mystery centers on pre WWII issues. If you stick with it to the end, it's worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priscilla | 12/12/2013

    " A really fun mystery set at the 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. A great combination of mystery, music and history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/10/2013

    " Adding to my interest in historical fiction. Not the best writing, but an interesting story with great descriptions of San Francisco World's Fair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RuthG | 9/3/2013

    " This book gave me a good understanding of the Pan-Pacific Exposition held on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. It included a lot of historical detail about neighborhoods in Berkeley and Oakland as well. The hardcover even included a CD with music themed to the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merry | 7/27/2013

    " Special. Noir about a swing band player in the Bay Area during the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco. Includes a CD of the music that the plot centers around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 7/26/2013

    " A fun mystery centering on a student from Berkeley and a musician who will be playing at the 1940 Golden Gate Exposition on the newly constructed Treasure Island. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 4/15/2013

    " Listened to tape with music of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 3/28/2013

    " big band mystery includes CD "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 10/23/2012

    " This book was a little slow to get started, but once it did, it was pretty good! I thought that the plot was very clever, albeit predictable. It was a decent mystery, and I'd pick up another one by Holmes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 4/2/2012

    " A pretty good mystery with a great soundtrack. Try and get the version that has the accompaning CD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 1/2/2012

    " This is a great period book with likeable characters and snappy dialogue. This is a mystery novel that takes place in the Bay Area during the 1940's. This is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jef | 9/14/2011

    " this is the british version of the us book "swing." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 6/5/2011

    " Nazis in San Francisco set to a jazz soundtrack. Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/13/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this. A light-hearted noir-inspired jazzy mystery. Won't change your life, but it's a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristina | 12/29/2010

    " A fictional (somewhat complicated) murder mystery that takes place during the San Francisco World’s Fair on Treasure Island in 1915. The main character is a jazz musician traveling with a swing band. The story is so-so, but the glamour of the time and place is well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 9/26/2010

    " Nazis in San Francisco set to a jazz soundtrack. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/10/2010

    " Excellent period mystery with great local color (pre-WWII Bay Area) that only stumbles with a ridiculous, overly complex "solution." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merry | 1/13/2010

    " Special. Noir about a swing band player in the Bay Area during the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco. Includes a CD of the music that the plot centers around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 8/28/2009

    " Nicely paced, well researched, fun with snappy dialogue and a great setting (Bay Area during the 1939-40 World's Fair). Plus the CD of music is a great listen (and full of clues). I've loved Rupert Holmes work since I saw a preview of The Mystery Of Edwin Drood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 2/7/2009

    " Listened to tape with music of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/21/2008

    " Adding to my interest in historical fiction. Not the best writing, but an interesting story with great descriptions of San Francisco World's Fair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priscilla | 8/21/2008

    " A really fun mystery set at the 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. A great combination of mystery, music and history.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/12/2008

    " kind of a poor man's devil in the white city but keeps up a cute "maltese falcon"ish dialog between characters and is fun because it's in oakland/sf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 6/25/2008

    " I listened to this as a book on CD. It was fun to listen to. The mystery does not appear until the very end. Story is set in 1940, so the mystery centers on pre WWII issues. If you stick with it to the end, it's worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 5/31/2008

    " A pretty good mystery with a great soundtrack. Try and get the version that has the accompaning CD. "

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About the Author

Rupert Holmes is a two-time Edgar Award–winning novelist, playwright, composer, screenwriter, conductor, singer, and songwriter. His first novel,Where the Truth Lies, was nominated for the Nero Wolfe Award for Best American Mystery Novel, was a Booklist top ten debut novel, and was made into an Atom Egoyan motion picture starring Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon. Holmes is the first person in theatrical history to solely win Tony awards as an author, a composer, and a lyricist. He has been married for over forty years to childhood sweetheart and grown-up attorney Liza Holmes. They have two sons, and they currently live along the Hudson River in upstate New York.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television.