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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rupert Holmes Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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