Book Launch with David Swinson for CITY ON THE EDGE
David Swinson will be in conversation with Ed Aymar for the launch of Swinson's new stand-alone novel, CITY ON THE EDGE.
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Beirut, Lebanon in 1974 is on the verge of violence. Once a beautiful city famed for its architecture and cosmopolitanism, it is now just another strange new home for Graham, a twelve-year old American who knows none of its history nor any of its present dangers. Newly arrived with his parents, his dog Buster, and a frightened little brother, he quickly strikes up friendships with two other American transplants. Together they make a fort in the scrub brush and rubble to play war games and spy on the neighbors—from the sunbathing mothers to the teens who call the city home. One day when he’s there alone, Graham sees something he shouldn’t. It sets off a terrifying reckoning in this tinderbox capital that has consequences--both international as well as personal.
David Swinson’s critically acclaimed crime novels--from his widely hailed The Second Girl on to Crime Song to Trigger--took on D.C.’s uneasy mix of wealth and poverty, politics, and business. He has been called by The New York Times “one of the best dialogue hounds in the business.”
In his new, stand-alone novel he goes far afield from the D.C. neighborhoods he chronicled to another city he knows well. CITY ON THE EDGE is a clear-eyed, often funny, and deeply affecting paean to the end of childhood as well as a scintillating thriller. Swinson summons up the beauty and the broken of both the boy and the world he finds himself in—from the heady and incendiary mix of cultures in the city’s many neighborhoods to the primeval grandeur and danger of the surrounding landscape.
David Swinson is the author of the critically acclaimed crime trilogy which includes The Second Girl, Crime Song and the just-released finale, Trigger. A former police detective for the DC Metropolitan Police who now calls Northern Virginia home, Swinson got his start in LA as a punk rock concert promoter, a record store owner, music video producer and independent filmmaker.
Anthony Award-nominated E.A. Aymar’s most recent thriller, They’re Gone, was published in 2020 under his pseudonym E.A. Barres. The novel received a starred review from Kirkus and praise from Buzzfeed and Publishers Weekly, and was named one of the best books of the year by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. His past thrillers include the celebrated novel, The Unrepentant. He has a monthly column in the Washington Independent Review of Books, is a former member of the national board of the International Thriller Writers and is an active member of Crime Writers of Color, the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. He also runs the Noir at the Bar series for Washington, D.C., and has hosted and spoken at a variety of crime fiction, writing, and publishing events nationwide.