Book Review: “Swann’s Lake of Despair” by Charles Salzberg

October 28, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Posted in Books | 2 Comments
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Charles Salzberg in his new book, “Swann's Lake of Despair book coverSwann’s Lake of Despair” Book Three in the Henry Swann Detective series published by Five Star gives us another adventure with Henry Swann.

From the back cover:   When rare photos, a scandalous diary, and a beautiful woman all go missing at once, the stage is set for three challenging cases for Henry Swann.

It begins with an offer to partner up with his slovenly, unreliable frenemy, Goldblatt. The disbarred lawyer-turned-“facilitator” would provide the leads and muscle, while Swann would do all the fancy footwork. A lost diary by a free-loving Jazz Age flapper is worth enough to someone that Swann takes a beat down on an abandoned boardwalk. Pilfered photos of Marilyn Monroe propel him deep into the past of an alcoholic shutterbug, his wife; and he’s hired to search for a lonely writer’s runaway girlfriend.

The cases converge and collide in a finale that lifts the curtain on crucial, deadly facts of life for everyone ? including Swann himself.

I have always liked the detective stories from the Fifties and Sixties. Back then the P.I. would get involved in two cases that dovetailed and sometimes put his life in danger before solving. Here Swann gets involved in three cases that couldn’t possible have anything to do with other but will surprise you.  “Swann’s Lake of Despair” is Private Investigator mystery extravaganza. This story has lots of action: high stakes and lots of twists and turns.  Henry Swann is a wonderful character that will remind you of the old time P.I.s. I am looking forward to more Henry Swann stories.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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  1. Thanks for your review of this series crime novel. It’s on my TBR stack!

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