Swing : A Mystery (Paperback)

Author: Holmes, Rupert

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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.


Publisher Random House Trade
Mfg Part# 9780812970975
SKU 31297268
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0812970977
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5L x 1T
"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)
"Holmes's feel for mid-century America is exceptional."
"This book and its accompanying CD flash back to the big-band era in surprising, imaginative ways....Smart and impressively elaborate."
"Holmes gathers [his characters] all together, the bitter and the sweet, and makes the kind of music you want to hear."
"The story moves jauntily, its set pieces staged with theatrical flair and its snappy dialogue recalling Ben Hecht's."
"[T]he real attraction here is the big-band ambience and the fascinating background on Treasure Island....[G]ood fun (just like a day at the fair)."
From the Publisher
Annotation 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.
Editors Note While appearing with Jack Donovan's orchestra at the 1940 World's Fair in San Francisco, jazz musician Ray Sherwood becomes caught up in a seductive mystery involving the death of a mysterious Frenchwoman, who plunges to her death shortly after propositioning him.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0363
Publisher Random House Trade
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