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A Detailed Man by David Swinson
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A Detailed Man

by David Swinson

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A dark thriller. The lead detective does not have a happy personal life but is likeable nonetheless. An enjoyable story with sort of a happy ending. Worth reading if you like Henning Mankell type books. ( )
  scot2 | Jul 30, 2016 |
A wonderfully gripping and well-written police procedural, as much a hero's journey as a mystery its writing held me in the grip of its story. Detective Ezra Simeon has always been driven in his work - so much so that he has begun suffering from Bell's Palsy and is living with a partially paralyzed face. In a holding pattern waiting for retirement, Simeon is called by an old friend to take over a high profile case from their mutual friend who has been murdered. The course of the case, the discovery of the mystery, and the reclamation of a great detective makes for a super read. ( )
  kraaivrouw | Dec 26, 2012 |
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A relentless tour of DCs most crime-ridden streets, with many beautifully written surprises, and darker than the deepest noir. ~Madison Smartt Bell
David Swinson's Ezra Simeon has the dry wit of Chandler's Marlowe and the stylish, hard-won bitterness of Connelly's Harry Bosch. ~Hillary Louise Johnson
While it's difficult to find a retired cop who hasn't written a book, it's rare to find one as beautifully written as "A Detailed Man." ~Tim Grobaty, the Press Telegram of Long Beach
From corner boys to call girls, Swinson sketches his characters with the authority of a seasoned detective who knows every alley in town.
Dave Jamieson, award winning journalist and author of, Mint Condition (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010)
  
Half of DC Police Detective Ezra Simeon's face is immobilized from a persistent case of Bell's Palsy--he must drink through a straw and eat carefully to avoid chewing through his own cheek. He has been detailed from robbery to the cold case department while he heals. "How odd to dream with one eye open, like having one foot in reality," Sim muses in the dark, bluesy vein that is typical of his Chandler-esque narration. "That's what makes dreaming dangerous and why I moved my gun farther from the bed." Detective Simeon's half-frozen world begins to heat up when a friend from his Academy days drops dead of a heart attack, and Sim is tapped to replace him, detailed now to homicide, where he inherits the high-profile case of a murdered escort he alone thinks may be the victim of a serial killer.

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