Doug Swanson is the author of five crime novels and two non-fiction books. His first novel, Big Town, won the John Creasey Award from the British Crime Writers Association and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for best first novel. Swanson was for many years a reporter and editor at the Dallas Morning News. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and was a Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford University. He currently teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.
The fourth, wild Jack Flippo adventure, “a comic caper worthy of Carl Hiassen or Elmore Leonard, with a uniquely Texas twist.” Booklist
Jack is trying to trace a home movie that could prove there was a second shooter, the so-called “Umbrella Man,” involved in the JFK assassination. To find it, he’s plunges into the world of conspiracy theorists and hucksters, including a woman with an inflatable doll collection in her living room and an ex-cop who drives tourists around Dealey Plaza in his 1963 Lincoln convertible while playing radio reports about the killing. But the assassination Jack should be worrying about is his own… there’s an oxygen-dependent hitman who wants the PI in his crosshairs.
The uproarious fifth and final Jack Flippo adventure, a “hard-boiled novel at its grittiest and most unsentimental.” Booklist
A lawyer arrested in a small town for his part in a drug deal gone horribly, violently wrong asks his old buddy Jack to clear his name. To do that, Jack will have to find his friend’s missing wife Angelique, who is lost at sea…and who had an affair with Jack years ago. And he’ll have to stay one step ahead of a shady DEA agent-turned-comedian, a relentless female reporter desperate for a big story, and a ruthless killer who is leaving a trail of corpses.
Jack Flippo is back for a third outrageously inventive adventure, “which will be good news to fans of the Dallas-based PI and all those who like their crime fiction slathered in broad comedy.” Publishers Weekly
Life is never easy for Jack. The struggling PI is hired by ex-stripper Sherri Plunkett, now a married millionairess, to protect her long-lost daughter Sandra, a lusty starlet with a hit TV show, from a stalker…at the same time that he’s being stalked by two revenge-driven killers himself.
The second adventure in the acclaimed Jack Flippo series, a dazzling novel so “gruesomely funny, you don't so much follow the plot as trot alongside, giggling in horror, while it sniffs its way home.” New York Times
Disgraced ex-D.A.-turned-PI Jack Flippo is hired by an insurance company, on the hook for a $500,000 pay-out, to investigate the seemingly accidental drowning death of a sleazy, small-town nightclub owner before they write the check to his business partner. What should be a straight forward case takes some nasty, violent turns, pitting Jack against a corrupt Sheriff, a homicidal songwriter, and a greedy stripper.