Swingman: The Unfinished Song by Joe Edmonds

Swingman: The Unfinished Song

byJoe Edmonds

Kobo ebook | January 6, 2016

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Timing is everything: in music, comedy, sex, car motors . . . and murder.

Jazz saxophonist Al Waters is blessed with good looks, musical talent, and charm . . . but cursed with an inability to hold on to success, both in career and in love. Although sexual conquests are an easy goal for him, he has always chased away opportunities for true intimacy. For a woman, to fall for him is to face heartbreak; for a man, to push him is to flirt with violence. Al has made enemies in too many ways, over too many years to worry about payback, or changing his ways . . . until he meets Stephanie.

This enigmatic younger woman drops into his life, and sings her way into his heart; but she soon reveals a secret, with potentially devastating complications she could never have imagined. With Stephanie, Al’s life changes forever; as do the lives of all those around him, particularly his best friend, pianist Billy Crothers: an enormously talented but equally flawed man, addicted to a pernicious craving quite different from Al’s thirst for love.

From New York, to Montreal, to Las Vegas, to Miami; in nightclubs, showrooms, dancehalls, and seedy bars . . . Al and Billy have survived a lifetime of hits and misses in their musical and personal lives. But another, much deadlier kind of hit or miss is about to change everything.

Swingman is character-driven literary fiction with strong elements of suspense, woven with threads of truth from a professional musician's life experiences: a chronicle of how careless choices in life and love can lead to grievous consequences. With realism few authors have achieved with books involving the arts, this story of two jazz men and their decades-long friendship immerses the reader in the musicians' singular world.  As one reader put it: "You can almost hear the music ... and taste the stale, smoky nightclub air . . ."
This saga of obsession, deceit, lost love, and wasted genius has the atmosphere of the films Round Midnight and Bird, with the time-shifting elements of Catch 22. Against a backdrop of bars and jazz lounges in Montreal, New York, Miami, and Las Vegas, the story unfolds over forty years, told from separate viewpoints on a collision course with destiny. The chapters are like a collection of short stories: tributaries converging into a powerful river of understanding . . . surging toward a conclusion few readers will guess.

Title:Swingman: The Unfinished SongFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 6, 2016Publisher:Joe EdmondsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1987985974

ISBN - 13:9781987985979

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