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The King Tides

There’s a secret to saving the girl…

Nicki Pearl is the perfect daughter—every parent’s dream. And that of strangers, too. Wherever she goes, she’s being watched. Each stalker is different from the last, except for one thing—their alarming obsession with Nicki.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Nicki’s father is turning to someone who can protect her: retired private detective and ex–Navy SEAL Jon Lancaster. Teaming up with FBI agent and former abduction victim Beth Daniels, Lancaster can help—his way. He’s spent most of his career dispatching creeps who get off on terrorizing the vulnerable. Unlicensed, and unrestricted, he plays dirty…But this case is unusual. Why so many men? Why this one girl? Does Nicki have something to hide? Or do her parents?

Trawling the darkest depths of southern Florida, Lancaster faces a growing tide of secrets and deception. And the deeper he digs, the more he realizes that finding the truth won’t be easy. Because there’s more to this case than meets the eye.

Published 2018



“Lancaster is a terrific new character and Swain’s writing is better than ever—together they’re smart, tough, suspenseful, and rewarding.”
—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“James Swain’s The King Tides is a hundred percent adrenaline rush disguised as a detective novel. Its hero, an ex-detective named Jon Lancaster, is as adept at using the latest digital sleuthing software as he is shooting a gun. The pacing is terrific, the dialogue memorable, and the characters, including a tough-as-nails female FBI agent and some truly frightening serial killers, jump off the page. You will read this book in one sitting. It’s that good.”
—Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Jon Lancaster is a former Navy SEAL and a retired cop, who works rescues of abducted children, and is a kick-ass private investigator. Tough as nails, Jon doesn’t take no for an answer when searching for missing kids. As a private investigator he doesn’t have to abide by the same rules of law enforcement officers, giving the perpetrators no rights. Author James Swain has created a protagonist who is real enough to be your next door neighbor. I have read, and loved, many of Swain’s books over the years, but I think The King Tides is his best work yet. The story is action-packed, tough, and believable. I hope the Jon Lancaster adventures will become a series.”
—Cheryl Kravetz, Murder on the Beach Bookstore, Delray Beach, Florida

“Jim Swain is crime fiction’s master of misdirection. I can’t think of anyone who comes close. If you are tired of retread plots and characters—the same old, same old, give Jim Swain a try. I dare you to grab a copy of The King of Tides and tell me how it will end after reading a few chapters.”
—Mike Bursaw, Mystery Mike’s bookstore, specializing in Detective, Mystery & Suspense Fiction

“THE KING TIDES takes off like a rocket and doesn’t ease up until an edge-of-your-seat finale. Swain is a pro at creating memorable characters, but the duo of Jon Lancaster and Special Agent Beth Daniels might be my favorite yet—tough and confident, but utterly fresh and modern.  More please!” - Alafair Burke, NYT bestselling author of THE WIFE

THE KING TIDES is crime fiction of the finest vintage -- fast and funny, with memorable characters and skillful plotting. Jon Lancaster is a great protagonist, and Jim Swain is a terrific writer. Don't miss this one. Michael Koryta, NYT bestselling author of HOW IT HAPPENED

"James Swain’s The King Tides is a diabolical thriller.  Jon Lancaster is a private investigator who breaks all the rules, and when he teams up with a determined female FBI agent to catch a pair of serial killers, the action races towards a breathless finish.  Not to be missed."  Peter Robinson, International bestselling author of the Inspector Banks series.