Michael Burke

Swan Dive

Swan Dive focuses on "Blue" Heron, a down-and-out detective with a roaming eye who gets much too involved in a complex business deal, a deal which results in embezzlement, swindling, sexual misconduct, and murder. Along the way, Blue discovers a great deal about himself while trying to understand the subterfuge. One of his problems is that he often gets too entranced with whatever woman is nearest to be able to concentrate on the job he’s being paid to do. That makes for trouble.

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Fiction - Mystery
"Thomas Pynchon and Dashiell Hammett walk into a bar: Burke's channeling the results right here in Out of Mind. Pure joy!"
—Graeme Harper, author of The Invention of Dying
"That kinky private eye, "Blue" (aka Johnny) Heron is back and so is Michael Burke with his remarkable gift for combining can't-put-it-down suspense with startling philosophical glosses and eye-popping metaphors. Reading Burke may soon become a national habit."
—Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
" ...Swan Dive has the speed and sex of Spillane, the plotting of Chandler and the wit and charm of Hammett."
—John Gruen, author of Callas Kissed Me...Lenny Too!

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