Swing

  • by Rupert Holmes
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.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 from moment to moment 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.Swing is a brilliant historical thriller.

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What the Critics Say

"A clever, original mystery that's pure fun....A tour de force of style and erudition, Holmes's second novel will delight mystery readers of any sort." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Grab this one at the highest resolution

The music will make you want high quality audio to match the high quality mystery.

A minor nit is that I'd like for the narrator to slow down a bit; leave some pauses for dramatic enhancement, but that's not even enough to cost a star.

I hope we see more multimedia novels of this quality. The somgs are a part of the story, not just extra production.

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- Becky

Novelty of Music Doesn't Save the Plot

The plot was verrry sloooow to get established. Only about half of the musical interludes made the story more interesting, the other interludes bogged the action down. The "mystery" wasn't revealed until the second half of the book. There were lots of loose ends that had to be accounted for and tied up during the second half, which made this audiobook somewhat tedious to listen to.
I'm sorry this very ambitious project didn't turn out better.
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- Jane Mcdowell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2005
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio