James Swain

James Swain will sign and discuss Dark Magic (Tor; $24.99)
James Swain is the national best selling author of fourteen mystery novels, and has been published in the United States, France, Japan, Russia,  Germany and Bulgaria.   His books have been chosen as Mysteries of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and have received three Barry Award nominations, a Florida Book Award for Fiction, and France’s prestigious Prix Calibre .38 for Best American Crime Fiction.   His Tony Valentine series was recently purchased by Langley Films (Cops, Brookyln’s Finest) with the author set to write the screenplay.   
Swain recently released three original novels as ebooks – Jackpot & Wild Card (part of the Tony Valentine series), and The Program (Jack Carpenter series). In the fall of 2011 he will be launching a new thriller series with Tor Books called Dark Magic.      

Along with writing novels, the author is considered one of the world’s foremost sleight-of-hand artists, and an authority on gambling cons and swindles.

Event date: 

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

2342 Bissonnet St
77005 Houston
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ISBN: 9780765329943
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Tor Books - May 22nd, 2012

Peter Warlock is a magician with a dark secret. Every night, he amazes audiences at his private theater in New York, where he performs feats that boggle the imagination. But his day job is just a cover for his otherworldly pursuits: Peter is a member of an underground group of psychics who gaze into the future to help prevent crimes.


No one, not even his live-in girlfriend, knows the truth about Peter--until the seance when he foresees an unspeakable act of violence that will devastate the city. As Peter and his friends rush to prevent tragedy, Peter discovers that a shadowy cult of evil psychics, the Order of Astrum, know all about his abilities. They are hunting him and his fellow psychics down, one by one, determined to silence them forever.


Dark Magic is a genre-bending supernatural thriller from national bestselling novelist and real-life magician James Swain.

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