Shadow of the Lions: A Novel by Christopher Swann

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Read Shadow of the Lions: A Novel Online Free - How long must we pay for the crimes of our youth? It has been almost ten 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's 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, D.C., family, and his own place in the privileged world of Blackburne.

In the spirit of film noir, what follows is a tale full of unexpected turns. Shadow of the Lions is a gripping literary thriller, but also a moving coming-of-age story that is as much about the mystery as it is about the redemption of a broken friendship and a lost soul.

Title : Shadow of the Lions: A Novel
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ISBN : 1616205008
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2017

Dramatic and suspenseful, set in the elite world of a prestigious boy's private school. When Matthias is first brought to the school as a young teen, he feels abandoned by his parents. Through the next four years he will become acclimated, make a very good friend, and be accepted into college. In...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2017

Thank you to Algonquin for the advance copy of this title for review - all opinions are my own. SHADOW OF THE LIONS is a breath of fresh air in the suspense genre - it is supremely intelligent and definitely lives up to its description as a literary thriller. The prestigious boarding school setti...

Jen rated it ★★★★★

April 11, 2017

Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann The lions sit on either side of the gate to Blackburne School, a boarding school with "fierce traditions" and a fervent belief in its honor code. A code that Matthias has violated. The prologue has Matthias jogging in place in front of the lions, overcome...

Rhiannon rated it ★★★★★

July 26, 2017

Read my review on p 34 of the August issue of Perimeter North Lifestyle magazine: or check it out on my blog:

Jamckean rated it ★★★★★

August 05, 2017

What a riveting, eloquently written novel! A pitch perfect literary thriller that I could not put down. Swann brilliantly weaves a tangled web of secrets and unrealized expectations, slowly revealing clues behind a prep school student's mysterious disappearance to the roommate who never stopped s...

Eva • All Books Considered rated it ★★★☆☆

August 01, 2017

Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 3 STARS This was on the verge of being really interesting but the big reveal was just such a letdown for me. I still enjoyed this, even though it meandered quite a bit, and it was a fast read. The book started off great - a snapshot 10 years back...

Stacey A. Prose and Palate rated it ★★★★☆

August 28, 2017

Secrets, intrigue and deception abound in this astute literary thriller debut. This book starts off as a very slow simmer, so much so that I worried that it might be too slow paced for my taste. Multiple characters are introduced and extensive plot development is provided during the first half of...

Christopher rated it ★★★★★

June 06, 2017

Some early reviews and blurbs: "Swann’s deft mastery of language and his sense for academia come through the novel strongly. Shadow of the Lions is believable, tense, and rich. Blackburne’s insular community is the perfect stage for this literary thriller, which earns positive comparisons to Dead...

Ilyssa rated it ★★★☆☆

May 22, 2017

Whenever I read a book that takes place at a boarding school, I always fix it in my mind in about the 1950s and it is VERY DIFFICULT for me to think otherwise, which can be very distracting. I think I made this same comment when I read Secret History by Donna Tartt. Which now that I think of it d...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

I'm a sucker for books set at boarding schools and if there is a mysterious death or disappearance all the better. This one didn't disappoint. When the wealthy Fritz vanishes his best friend Matthais can't let it go. Ten years later as Matthais takes a job teaching at the same school he starts de...

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