A DREDGING IN SWANN by Tim Garvin
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A DREDGING IN SWANN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

When a man who's recently been released from prison is found hanged in a well, North Carolina detective Seb Creek must figure out if it was an accident or murder—and what about those missing Stinger missiles?

Former Marine MP Sebastian Creek enjoys his work as a detective in Swann County. His dry humor works well with the locals and the local criminals, and he’s started a singing group for anyone with post-traumatic stress disorder. He’s even gotten the courage to ask a beautiful potter to have coffee with him. But then Leo Sackler, who is black, is found hanged in a well he was digging on a property left to him by a rich white woman in her will. He had recently been released after decades in prison for killing a white man, a crime he claimed he never committed. At the same time, two helicopters from a nearby military base crash, and several Stinger missiles are missing. Investigating the two mysteries will take Seb all over the county, giving debut author Garvin a chance to display a true ear for dialogue and a talent for character portrayal, creating people who range from the comedic to the poignant. If Seb muses a little too often on the vagaries of life, well, he can be forgiven considering the vagaries of life he encounters.

This polished, beautifully written novel makes one hope Garvin keeps exploring Swann County for a long time.

Pub Date: Jan. 28th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-9825-5084-4
Page count: 350pp
Publisher: Blackstone
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2019




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