I've had several great reviews for A Detailed Man so far, but I've always known the "not so great" review would come.
"You have to have thick skin", several well-meaning friends and co-workers have warned me on more than one occasion. Fortunately, because of all the years I spent with the Metropolitan Police Department in DC, I've developed very thick skin. At least The Washington City Paper's Chris Heller managed to balance the good with the not so bad in his piece and give a good plug for the upcoming book launch on Saturday. Could have been much worse.
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David Swinson at One More Page BooksSaturday, Feb. 11
By Christopher Heller • February 10, 2012
The Midatlantic boasts a rich history of crime novelists, with Wire alumnus and detective fiction master George Pelecanos at its center. But now, there’s a new face in the crowd: retired D.C. detective David Swinson, whose noirish debut novel A Detailed Man hits stores later this month. Swinson may not be a deadly sharp writer yet—he occasionally indulges in too-poetic, maudlin prose—but his characters are surprisingly well-sketched with depth beyond their hard-boiled skins. Swinson’s protagonist is Ezra Simeon, a Bell’s Palsy-afflicted detective who inherits a high-profile murder from a dead buddy’s case file, and comes to suspect a serial killer. Cue a slow-burning trek through the dark and dangerous corners of D.C., replete with thugs, johns, cold cases, and all those details muddled in shows like C.S.I. In this District, crime is anything but polished.
David Swinson signs and discusses his book at 3 p.m. at One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., No. 101, Arlington. Free. onemorepagebooks.com. 703-300-9746.