Johnny ‘Blue’ Heron is a private eye more interested in sex and alcohol than the steady job he could have with the local police. Blue is hired by George Fuller to trai his son to find out if the younger Fuller is having an affair. This deceptively simple job lands Blue in the middle of affairs, intrigue, incest, corruption, and some rather shady business deals. Blue comes off as cynical sort of fellow, believing that no one is quite what they appear to be (“Always thought I was a fake, but aren’t we all. We invent ourselves and defy the world to discover the ruse.”), but he is surprisingly unaware of some people’s darker sides.
Overall I found Swan Dive to be an engaging and enjoyable read. I found his use of imagery to be good, as shown in such descriptions as, “Slowly, he stops moving, and lies alone, silent, on the grass, by the hedge, in the dark, out of sight.” I didn’t expect to find myself liking Blue, but there’s just something about him that’s hard not to like. Personally, I’m hoping to see more of Johnny Heron in the future.