"Punitive Damages"
By Carl Addison Swanson

Review by David F. Jarvis - This was a fun read on rainy, Sunday afternoon. Lots of guns blowing off heads and knee caps... Even Hush's boat Baby Cakes did not escape the carnage. Ian, Sheila, Hush, Tug, and Scooter are great characters. Even Dennison makes an appearance. 5 Stars for Carl Addison Swanson on this one!

"Death is Hereditary"
By Carl Addison Swanson

Review by Charlene Walker San Antonio Express. "A walk on the darker side of Swanson's work but we Texans do get a small dose of our homegrown favorite, Hush McCormick. Never a dull moment with this writer." 

"Free Fall in a No-Fly Zone: Autumn of 1967" & “Double Parked in the Twilight Zone: Summer of 1960”
By Carl Addison Swanson

Review by William Sargent, "Houston-Fort Bend Sun", November 18, 2013
"I have enjoyed the Hush McCormick series for decades but Swanson has found a new niche with his first person narrative on the 1960's. A good read."

"Free Fall in a No-Fly Zone: Autumn of 1967"
By Carl Addison Swanson

Review by Trinh Le, "San Antonio Advocate", November 14, 2013
"Swanson has done it again with this sequel. He takes you by the hand and guides you down a long path of memory, recollections and crazy times in the 1960's. A must read. Available in paperback ONLY on amazon.com & barnes & noble.com."

“Double Parked in the Twilight Zone: Summer of 1960”
By Carl Addison Swanson

Review by Carl Weiman, August 7, 2013
"I opened this book, started reading it, and couldn’t put it down until I finished.   Out-loud laughter and actual wet tears.  It’s rare to find an author who can put the masks of tragedy and comedy in the same book, on the same character, and flip them with an emotional cadence that catches you completely by surprise, chapter by chapter.  Even when you realize that the zingers at the end of each chapter signal hairpin turns, the next vista leaves you breathless.

The flavor instantly reminded me of “The Catcher in the Rye”.   Art often builds on its historical precedents, but this book is not a redux.  In both books, the adolescent protagonist fumbles into cynicism upon encountering the unspoken hypocrisies of the adult world.  But “Double Parked in the Twilight Zone” (whose title hides it’s meaning until the last chapter!) surpasses Salinger’s work in many ways. 

One sign of a great artist is the ability to present a reality which hides the brushstrokes, or that there is even a brush.   Of this, Swanson is a master.  The voicing of young Justin is priceless.  The language, thought patterns and activities of this protagonist, and his emotional and intellectual development are seamless.  And there is a hidden cadence of minimalist character introduction at just the right time to weave a tapestry of society that falls into place exactly when needed.  We all have unspoken experiences in these situations, but have not found our voices.   If you don’t know what I mean, to quote Salinger’s best line you are about as  “sensitive as a God dam toilet seat”.

This book will soon become a national best seller."


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