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Published January 22, 2020

ISSN: 1930-0018

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A Dredging in Swann
The Seb Creek Mysteries #1
by Tim Garvin
28 Jan 2020
304 pages
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
ISBN-13: 9781982550844
Genre: Mysteries
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Two investigations start at the same time in Swann County, North Carolina, one by the FBI, the other by the sheriff. The feds want to know who stole three Stinger missiles during a helicopter crash. The sheriff wants to know who hanged a black ex-con in a well.

Seb Creek, a sheriff's detective, gets involved in both investigations and fights through lies, secrets, and murder to find the killer. The trail involves a long-ago axe murder, the ravages of combat, an outdoor gas chamber, a mystery at the bottom of a well, and finally a last killing and an ancient testament.

A Dredging in Swann is a tale that deals powerfully with themes of war, race, justice, and, in the end, with healing.

Sometimes justice has to wait.

Sometimes it won't.

"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...This polished, beautifully written novel makes one hope Garvin keeps exploring Swann County for a long time." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[An] intriguing series launch...Garvin skillfully draws together the many plot threads while also shining a compassionate light on PTSD sufferers bearing the scars of war." - Publishers Weekly

"The prose is gin-clear and occasionally striking." - Booklist

"Tim Garvin's shrewd debut novel churns with unsettled scores. His wily and disarmingly sentimental detective Seb Creek dredges the past of tidewater Swann County to settle them. Creek's subtle interrogations make this novel a signal launch." - Kris Lackey, USA Today bestselling author of Nail's Crossing and Greasy Bend

"I've never read half a book in one sitting, but this time I did...The book is full of rich deep characters and an amazingly complicated weave of plot. It's written in strong, colorful prose and with a pace that sucks you in and holds you...Highly recommended" - C. Hope Clark, author of the Edisto Island mysteries

Tim Garvin grew up in Arizona, then the Alaskan wilderness. Now he lives beside a creek outside Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, Cynthia, and dog, Blue. He built a cabin beside the creek, and in the mornings goes down there to write. In the afternoons, he throws pots, gardens, reads, discusses life with Cynthia, and sometimes coaxes her and Blue to the coast to float around the Outer Banks in a little sailboat. He's currently at work on a second Seb Creek book.

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