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Author:  Rupert Holmes
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0812970977
ISBN-13: 9780812970975
Sku: 31297268
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  363
Age Range:  NA
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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 mystery that spills off the printed page and into the musical tracks of the enclosed CD.
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-with an extra twistthat extends beyond its pages. Accompanying the novel is a CD of original songs and music that feature prominently in the story, within which the reader may find additional clues to the mysteries of "Swing.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Gail Prentice seeks the assistance of jazz saxophonist and musical arranger Ray Sherwood in creating an orchestration of her piano piece "Swing Around the Sun." The piece will be played at the 1940 Golden Gate World Exposition, located on an artificial island built in San Francisco Bay. Ray finds both the invitation and the composer appealing, but events take a darker turn when Ray observes the suspicious death of a French showgirl, and subsequently learns that the deceased is linked both to Gail and to an international political conspiracy. Writer/composer Rupert Holmes calls upon all his creative talents for this World War II-era illustrated mystery; the book is packaged with a CD of original music which provides tuneful clues to the storyline.


Publishers Weekly
"A clever, original mystery that's pure fun to read, listen to, look at and puzzle out....A tour de force of style and erudition, [SWING]...will delight mystery readers of any sort." (starred review) 01/31/2005

New York Times
"This book and its accompanying CD flash back to the big-band era in surprising, imaginative ways....Smart and impressively elaborate." - Janet Maslin 03/10/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0363
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Trade
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