Silhouette

A Peacer Novel

The Peacer Series (Volume 1)

Dave Swavely

Thomas Dunne Books

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Minority Report meets Blade Runner as a man must solve his daughter's murder only to find that the trail leads right back to himself in Dave Swavely's Silhouette, the first of The Peacer Series

A post-quake San Francisco is ruled by a private corporation called the Bay Area Security Service. Its founder, Saul Rabin, is revered by many as the savior of the city, but by others he is feared and loathed as a fascist tyrant. And because of the cutting-edge antigravity technology being developed by his company, this controversial figure is about to become the most powerful man in the world.

To his protégé, Michael Ares, the old man is a mysterious benefactor whom he respects and admires. But when Michael's daughter and best friend are brutally murdered, he follows a trail of evidence that leads dangerously close to home. Closer than he could ever imagine.

A future world of aerocars, net glasses, and neural cyberware provides the backdrop for this timeless tale of good and evil, revenge and love, infamy and destiny. Fans of Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell will love this page-turner filled with thought-provoking images of dark shapes which, despite their pain and power, could never blot out the light that surrounds them.

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UNMASKEDA Prequel Short Story In Dave Swavely’s upcoming novel Silhouette, Michael Ares is a war hero hired and given a license to kill by an autocratic regime determined to “keep the peace” in a post-quake San Francisco of the future.  He faces a gauntlet of trials on his way to either death or glory, including the impossible dilemma of investigating a murder where all the evidence leads back to him.  This is the story of an episode from Michael’s past that is mentioned in Silhouette and comes back to haunt him during the events in the novel.

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“Echoes of Blade Runner and A Scanner Darkly run throughout a society ruled by corporate interests, sharpening the divide between the have and the have-nots. Ares's soul-searching journey echoes Swavely's own philosophical ministrations, where "risk and destiny are synonyms" and "the greatest men are the ones who make the most difficult choices”…A thought-provoking debut novel with a futuristic scenario that may be well on its way.”
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"Swavely updates the roman policier genre with a high-tech gloss. I was bowled over by the hyper-paced action and caught up by the deep political connections and archly hip, bleeding-edge cultural references. If Steve McQueen's 1969 Mustang in BULLITT could've actually flown, it would fit right into the chrome-&-neon streets of SILHOUETTE's future San Francisco. I'll be waiting impatiently for the next installment of the Peacer saga."
—K. W. Jeter, bestselling author of Farewell Horizontal and The Kingdom of Shadows

“A fast-paced government thriller set in a distant future that's just close enough to reality to keep readers anxiously turning pages.”
—Julie Cross, International bestselling author of Tempest

“A brisk SF thriller. . .replete with antigravity and cool wetware augmentations”
Publishers Weekly

"An explosive murder mystery set in a fully realized future…takes off at a gallop and never lets up. I loved it."
—Nate Kenyon, award-winning author of Sparrow Rock, Strarcraft Ghost: Spectres, and Diablo: The Order

"Intrigue, violence, and double-dealing go high-tech in this rapid-fire tale"—Library Journal

“[A] refreshing read that would suit both science fiction and detective fans.” —sfcrowsnest.org.uk


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Dave Swavely

DAVE SWAVELY is a published author of four nonfiction books. He lived in the beautiful Napa Valley for ten years and now resides in lovely Chester County, near Philadelphia. Silhouette was his first novel, and the sequel, Kaleidocide, was also published by Thomas Dunne Books.

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Silhouette
A Peacer Novel
Dave Swavely

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
November 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250001498
ISBN10: 1250001498
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$24.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
November 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466802674
ISBN10: 1466802677
272 pages
$11.99
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