A compulsively readable collection of short stories that range from slice-of-life comedy and tragedy to offbeat satire and shaggy-dog historical spoofs. All are united by Robert J. Swan’s... More > unique narrative voice, with its charming off-the cuff style, its sardonic wit and its fusion of irony and compassion.
Meet an irresistible array of quirky characters, who somehow all belong unquestionably together in the inimitable world according to Swan. There’s the compulsive but chronically unlucky gambler, who, shotgun in hand, slaps his money on the table to make the one bet he knows he can win. Speaking of shotguns, there’s also Sue, who “accidentally” pulls the trigger a few too many times on her husband. We also encounter Boy Edward, whose fondness for peanut butter results in a strange speech impediment; and much more.
The author, a trial lawyer with Irish roots, can bring a courtroom as dramatically and comically to life as he can a tavern.< Less
The murder ... the small town gossip ... the investigation ... the suspects ... the lawyers ... the trial ... the controversy! They are all jam-packed into the pages of Robert J. Swan’s second... More > intriguing novel, The End of Controversy, and before you’re through reading this volume, you’ll have been taken on a roller-coaster ride of emotion, information, explanation and suspense!The setting for this fast-paced work is the typical mid western town of Klinton, complete with its various classes, prejudices and sins. First, there’s the murder, and the gossip begins to fly. The town is at its best, the author describes, when there’s a bit of serious gossip to go around. Then, the investigation produces a series of misadventures and doubts among the townspeople, eventually leading to the accusation of a prominent member of “Society.” Through the web of intrigue effectively presented by the author, the reader is introduced to the main character of the book, attorney Burt Shannon.< Less