In the middle of his senior year at the Blackburne School in Virginia, Matthias Glass’s roommate and best friend Fritz Davenport runs off into the woods after the two boys have an argument--and vanishes without a trace. Ever since, Matthias has felt responsible, thinking that their fight, about a betrayal of the school’s honor code, led to Fritz’s disappearance.
24. June 2017, reviewKirkus
A patchy but promising work that suggests a writer likely to prove much stronger with his sophomore effort.
24. June 2017, quoteDavid Liss, author of The Day of Atonement
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.
24. June 2017, quoteEd Tarkington, author of Only Love Can Break Your Heart
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 pr
24. June 2017, quoteJonathan Evison, author of This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!
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.
24. June 2017, quoteMira Jacob, author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing
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.
24. June 2017, quotePatti Callahan Henry, author of The Idea of Love
Swann is a gifted storyteller, a master at the twisty tale . . . Under Swann’s deft hand, ultimately,Shadow of the Lionsexplores the timeless complexity of deep friendship--how it shapes us, destroys us and sometimes remakes us.
24. June 2017, reviewPublishers Weekly
Best Summer Books 2017 - Swann’s noirish mystery, set at a prestigious boys’ boarding school named Blackburne, centers on the unsolved disappearance of student Fritz Davenport, the roommate and best friend of Matthias Glass. Ten years after, when Matthias
24. June 2017, reviewSouthern Living
Best New Summer Books - High school senior Matthias is wracked with guilt because his best friend disappears after they have a fight. When he's offered a job at the school they attended, he thinks he'll find atonement; instead, old mysteries come to the s