- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 27 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1499546467
- ISBN-13: 978-1499546460
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 435 g
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About the Author
Peter Swan has practiced marine casualty and products liability law in a large San Francisco firm, worked as a tenured law professor, and served as General Counsel of the University of Oregon. Along the way, he has written a book on legal issues related to the production of oil from the North Sea. His interests have included traveling abroad, playing saxophone in a swing band, mountaineering,skiing and golfing. Upon retirement, he has turned his hand to writing thrillers and mysteries. Unnatural Causes is the second in the Rick Conwright, PI series (the first being Past Due). He and his wife of forty-six years live in western Oregon.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Now we have Conwright returning in “Unnatural Causes,” another clever novel from Swan’s inventive mind, and the indefatigable snoop is welcome, although I thought he was less well defined here. The author can’t rely on previous encounters to keep reminding the reader of what a good guy Conwright is. Each adventure must keep him fresh and memorable.
I also think the plot in the first book was a little tighter. Here, Swan pens an involved plot that features long held animosity, blood diamond smuggling, off shore banking, patent infringement, and betrayal of friendships. He also takes the reader into the complicated worlds of financial manipulation, bank account management, and
medical equipment encryption. I sense a certain amount of flailing by the author and some answers that the detective discovers come too quickly to be entirely credible.
That said, the author conducted some intense research in developing his murder scheme, the use of magnetism to manipulate a pacemaker causing rapid death. Being the doubting sort, I double- checked and found the author to be on solid ground with his coup de grace, although there’s no actual record of any such T wave manipulation being performed in a homicide.
Swan is an intense and cerebral writer. That provides the strong attraction to his work; plot ideas that intrigue and captivate because they are carefully thought out and meticulously arranged. Any literary license he includes is believable because they are based on authentic details. These are strong points that make him a unique and talented novelist worthy of our attention. I look forward to his next inventive work.
Swan needs to keep building his Conwright character into a crowd-pleaser that readers will salivate over. Combining that with his intense and clever mind could bring a new star to the world of crime fiction and who knows, we may be witnessing the rise of a new celebrity.
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
In other words we can say that it makes for an easy read and does not tease or shock a reader too often. It is a fairly smooth ride and the twists and turns do not put the reader in any awe and it is mostly the mind games that the writer has crafted. A little bit of back story of the detective is thrown in this to give more meat to the character but that is all. However the beauty of the book is in the grip on the employed language i.e. no unnecessary adornments and this makes it palatable to most age groups. The book will appeal to mostly younger crowd and has almost no hardcore violence, so to call it a clean read is absolutely apt. The best thing about the book is that despite the plot being not out of the blue, it still does not bore a reader but yes it has to be admitted that some parts can be skipped without the reader missing out on the broader narrative. In short, a reader who probably wants a book to read while traveling to office or wants to have something to read while having snacks will find the book perfect but someone who wants extremely riveting stuff that blows his mind away will find it mildly enthralling only.
The strength of the book remains its simple plot line, decent characterization and easy-to-understand vocabulary. So should you be buying it? Well! Why not? It is always good to try different genres by different writers so yes one time read at the very least!