Millionaire lawyer Carlton Phillips has lost track of his daughter Marcy. Her last known whereabouts were at her school, Syracuse University. While trying to track down Marcy and/or her geeky boyfriend Sean Loomis on a quick trip upstate, Swann follows the clues to a sorority house, a pizza joint, and the office of a literature professor who is clearly hiding something.
Armed with more questions than leads Swann flies up to Boston where he narrowly avoids the arms of a seductive and secretive librarian. Finally back in New York City, Swann tries to sort out the details of the case.
Is Marcy Phillips a victim? What is the nature of her relationship to the sexy and cagey Elizabeth Lawson? Is Carlton Phillips somehow involved in this story? How are all of these people connected to the rare book world, and who is really trying to get away with something?
Praise for SWANN DIVES IN …
“If you like your PIs sexy, well-read and wise-cracking, Henry Swann is your man.” — Rosemary Harris, Anthony and Agatha-nominated author of Pushing Up Daisies
“Henry Swann is in the great tradition of American mystery heroes: world-weary, philosophical, tough, and competent. This novel is totally entertaining.” — Laurence Klavan, Edgar Award-winning author of The Cutting Room and The Shooting Script
“Swann Dives In takes you in all kinds of unexpected directions, not only giving the reader a fresh view of the crime novel but a fresh view of the nature of crime itself.” — Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada
“I always love it when I come across a new private detective to admire and worship, someone who is brave where I’m weak, someone who gets his hands dirty while I keep mine clean. Henry Swann is such a detective and he tells a great story. For fans of hard-boiled mysteries or just plain old good fiction, I’m sure you’ll love Swann Dives In.” — Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir! and creator of Bored to Death
“Charles Salzberg delivers the goods, even if Swann’s clients usually don’t. I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced journey through the treacherous worlds of high-powered lawyering and academia. I even learned something about books. Swann Dives In is a blast from beginning to end.” — Tom Coffey, author of The Serpent Club and Blood Alley
“Antihero PI Swann’s sophomore case (after Swann’s Last Song) delivers the goods in the well-paced literary mystery. Salzberg’s soft-boiled touch makes this clever bibliophile case a fun read, particularly with its abundant literary references.” — Library Journal