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Shadow of the Lions

(2017)
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How long must we pay for the crimes of our youth?

It has been almost 10 years since Matthias graduated from the elite Blackburne School, where his roommate and best friend, Fritz, fled into the woods, never to be heard from again, in the middle of their senior year. Fritz vanished just after an argument over Matthias' breaking of the school's honor code, and Matthias has long been haunted by the idea that his betrayal led to his friend's disappearance.

Years later, after hitting the fast lane in New York as a successful novelist - then falling twice as hard - Matthias is stuck, a failure as a writer, a boyfriend, a person. When he is offered the opportunity to return to Blackburne as an English teacher, he sees it as a chance to put his life back together. But once on campus, Matthias gets swiftly drawn into the past and is driven to find out what happened to Fritz. He partners with a curmudgeonly local retired cop and tries to solve the case, dealing with campus politics, the shocking death of a student, Fritz's complicated and powerful Washington, DC, family, and his own place in the privileged world of Blackburne.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A twisty tale that surprises at every turn, Shadow of the Lions will keep you turning pages compulsively into the wee hours, cursing Christopher Swann for the inconvenience." - Jonathan Evison

"Swann is a gifted storyteller, a master at the twisty tale . . . Under Swann's deft hand, ultimately, Shadow of the Lions explores the timeless complexity of deep friendship--how it shapes us, destroys us and sometimes remakes us." - Patti Callahan Henry

"Fast-paced and full of unexpected turns, Christopher Swann's Shadow of the Lions pulls readers into the dark underworld looming beneath a prestigious boys' boarding school." - Mira Jacob

"A wonderful coming of age story, a taut emotional rollercoaster, and a hell of a debut. Christopher Swann hits the sweet spot with a novel that has a gripping plot, beautifully rendered characters, and an accomplished style. I loved it." - David Liss

"Both a poignant coming-of-age tale and a suspenseful mystery. Set in the persistently alluring environs of an elite prep school, where the idealistic image of striving achievement is always in conflict with the dark realities that trouble even the most privileged of lives, Shadow of the Lions illuminates the complexities of friendship, love, loyalty, and duty with remarkable wisdom and compassion." - Ed Tarkington


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Used availability for Christopher Swann's Shadow of the Lions

Hardback Editions

August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Shadow of the Lions: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Swann
ISBN: 1-61620-500-8 / 978-1-61620-500-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

July 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Shadow of the Lions: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Swann
ISBN: 1-61620-861-9 / 978-1-61620-861-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

August 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Shadow of the Lions: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Swann
ISBN: 1-68168-815-8 / 978-1-68168-815-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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August 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Shadow of the Lions: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Swann
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
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August 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Shadow of the Lions: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Swann
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Shadow of the Lions: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Swann
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Shadow of the Lions: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Swann
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Shadow of the Lions: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Swann
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU