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City on the Edge

David Swinson

Warwick’s presents
David Swinson
in conversation with K.J. Howe

City on the Edge

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm PDT

City on the Edge
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This is a free virtual event on Facebook Live.

On Wednesday, June 9th at 4:00pm PDT Warwick's will host David Swinson as he discusses his new book, City on the Edge, in conversation with Kim Howe. David Swinson grew up in Washington, DC, Beirut, Mexico City and Stockholm, the son of a foreign service officer. He is a retired police detective from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, having been assigned to Major Crimes. Swinson is the author of The Second Girl, Crime Song and Trigger. He lives with his wife and daughter in Northern Virginia.

In the wake of a baffling tragedy, 13-year-old Graham moves with his family to Beirut, Lebanon, a city on the edge of the sea and cataclysmic violence. Inquisitive and restless by nature, Graham suspects his State Department father is a CIA operative, and that their family's fragile domesticity is merely a front for American efforts along the nearby Israeli border. Over the course of one year, 1972, Graham's life will utterly change. Two men are murdered, his parent's marriage disintegrates, and Graham, along with his two ex-pat friends, run afoul of forces they cannot understand.

The City on the Edge is elegiac, atmospheric, and utterly authentic. It's the story of innocents caught within the American net of espionage, of the Lebanese transformed by such interference, of the children who ran dangerously beside the churning wheel of history. One part Stephen King's "The Body" and another John le Carre's A Perfect Spy, it's a transformative crime story told with heart and genuine experience.

K.J. Howe is the executive director of the International Thriller Writers as well as an internationally bestselling author. She has spent the last six years immersed in the shadowy world of kidnap and ransom to create verisimilitude in The Freedom Broker series, which showcases elite kidnap negotiator Thea Paris. Thea is one of only twenty-five elite kidnap and ransom specialists in the world—and the only one who is a woman. When the series kicks off, Thea faces the most urgent and challenging rescue mission of her life: her own father’s. K.J. has a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Travel and adventure are her passions.

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ISBN: 9780316528542
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mulholland Books - May 25th, 2021