A Detailed Man by David Swinson
Genre: Crime Fiction
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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.
What they're saying about it:
"A relentless tour of DCs most crime-ridden streets, with many beautifully written surprises, and darker than the deepest noir."~Madison Smartt Bell
"Swinson writes with the soul of a poet more than a policeman mining memories.
His style is fluid and sharp, his protagonist, Detective Ezra Simeon, is, in the
Nordic style, complicated, brooding and introspective."--Tim Grobaty, Long Beach Press Telegram
"From corner boys to call girls, Swinson sketches his characters with the authority
of a seasoned detective who knows every alley in town."--David Jamison, award-winning journalist & author of Mint Condition