Swell tells the story of a solitary and unremarkable man whose life is revealed to be utterly extraordinary. Abandoned by his father while still a boy, his mother teaches him to be “invisible in plain sight” because, in their world, survival and playing the game are all that matter. Even at a time of war when bigger forces are at work.

As an adult, with each new game, the stakes are raised higher and higher. In the end, was it the game that killed him?

Swell is concerned with consequences – cause and effect – it is also about what we don’t see in others; secret lives, hidden from view. An alternative existence that must be protected at any cost.

Anyone who reads Swell, and follows the clues may come to believe it is also about murder.

“A cult masterpiece.” Sam Nash

© Rod McRiven 2020

Picture: Swell cover

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