is a complicated story that takes the reader into the mind of Ray
Sherwood, a musician during the pre-war swing era. Ray is traveling
with the Jack Donovan orchestra. He has chosen the job of traveling
with the band as a jazz saxophonist and arranger after a tragic
event in his life that eventually led to his divorce.
Jack Donovan band is scheduled to appear at the Hotel Claremont
during the time of the San Francisco World's Fair held at Treasure
Island, a man made island created just for the fair. Ray barely gets
settled in his hotel room when things start happening. He receives a
note from a Gail Prentice who asks him to meet her for coffee at the
Golden Gate Exposition on Treasure Island. Jack goes to the meeting
but before he can connect with Gail Prentice another woman sits down
and first asks is he American and then proposes
This is just the beginning of the excitement,
intrigue and mystery involved during Ray's gig at the Hotel
Claremont. The book is one that you will not want to lay down until
you've finished and I doubt you will be able to second-guess the
author on how the book will end.
Rupert Holmes is able to
weave together the excitement of a World's Fair, the glamour of the
swing era and the political climate of the people of America during
this time of turmoil just before World War II.
I read an
Advanced Reader's Copy of Swing but the actual book that goes on
sale will come with an audio CD of original music composed and
arranged by the author. The CD is said to offer additional clues to
the mystery Swing.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA E. REID
REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, PATRICIA E.