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Writer Dennis McCutcheon is facing the loss of his job at a small Pennsylvania university while coping with the aftereffects of a bitter divorce. But when his alma mater Wayne State University offers to produce one of his plays, Swept Away, the news seems like the solution to all his problems.
From there, Dennis falls almost immediately into a love affair with a beautiful married woman, only to suddenly find himself mugged on a Detroit street, then suspected of killing his lover's husband. His luck is coming at a price, and he begins to suspect he may be the pawn in a clever murder plot centering on sex and money.
Filled with pop culture references, and spiced by possible paranormal activities, Arnie Johnston's Swept Away is a raucous and unpredictable adventure unfolding amid Detroit neighborhoods and landmarks, a page-turning story questioning all the while America's preoccupation with fame and fortune.
A Note From the Publisher
Swept is the operative verb in Arnold Johnston’s novel Swept Away. The quick-witted, bantering dialogue not only gives the novel its attractively cinematic feel but also sets a pace that the narrative has to live up to, and it does. This is a novel with moves, and It is not only the characters that are swept away, but the reader, as well.
— Stuart Dybek, MacArthur Fellowship winning author of The Coast of Chicago, Paper Lanterns, and Ecstatic Cahoots.
Swept Away is full of fun and surprises, including a play within the novel. This eminently readable adventure is also an academic who-done-it and an exploration of the writing life—I learned a thing or two about my own craft. And in these pages, Arnold Johnston has created some of the wittiest dialogue this side of The Thin Man.
— Bonnie Jo Campbell, Award-winning author of Once Upon a River and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters.
Arnold Johnston's Swept Away is a clever, often comic, surprise of a novel with a distinctly Detroit focus. You won't regret giving it a read.
— Steve Hamilton, Edgar Award-winning author of Dead Man Running
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