Larry D. Sweazy's novels include Escape from Hangtown, See Also Murder: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery, Vengeance at Sundown, The Gila Wars, The Coyote Tracker, The Devil's Bones, The Cougar's Prey, The Badger's Revenge, The Scorpion Trail, and The Rattlesnake Season. He won the WWA (Western Writers of America) Spur award for Best Short Fiction in 2005 and for Best Paperback Original in 2013. He also won the 2011 and 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for books the Josiah Wolfe series. He was nominated for a Derringer award in 2007 (for the short story "See Also Murder"), and was a finalist in the Best Books of Indiana literary competition in 2010. Sweazy was awarded the Best Books in Indiana in 2011 for The Scorpion Trail. And in 2013, he received the inaugural Elmer Kelton Fiction Book of the Year for The Coyote Tracker, presented by the AWA (Academy of Western Artists). Sweazy has published over sixty nonfiction articles and short stories, which have appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine; The Adventure of the Missing Detective: And 25 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories!; Boys' Life; Hardboiled; Amazon Shorts, and several other publications and anthologies.
Sweazy's new novel is A Thousand Falling Crows. From the author's Q & A with Scott Montgomery at MysteryPeople:
MysteryPeople Scott: Both the character of Sonny and the story [in A Thousand Falling Crows] are unique. Which came first?Learn more about the book and author at Larry D. Sweazy's website and blog.
Larry Sweazy: Sonny, no question. Characters always seem to come first to me. I knew a few things about Sonny from the beginning (his real name is Lester). I knew he was at the end of his career and that his father had been a Texas Ranger, too. Sonny had a perspective of history, could remember his father talking vividly about going after outlaws like King Fisher and John Wesley Hardin on horseback, while Sonny was rooted in the Twentieth Century, going after Bonnie and Clyde in a 1932 Ford. I also knew that Sonny was a World War I veteran and suffered from the Thousand Yard Stare (our version of PSTD). He was also a widower with a difficult relationship with his only son, who is also a Texas Ranger, but for seemingly different reasons. The story came out of research for another project I was working on and I stumbled across an article about Bonnie and Clyde coming out of the Ritz movie theater in Wellington, Texas. There was a chase, a shootout, and a flaming car crash where Bonnie was hurt, but they escape. The timing was right and l knew that I could insert...[read on]
Coffee with a Canine: Larry D. Sweazy & Brodi and Sunny (April 2011).
Coffee with a Canine: Larry D. Sweazy & Brodi and Sunny (April 2013).
The Page 69 Test: The Badger’s Revenge.
The Page 69 Test: The Devil's Bones.
My Book, The Movie: The Devil’s Bones.
The Page 69 Test: The Coyote Tracker.
The Page 69 Test: The Gila Wars.
My Book, The Movie: Escape to Hangtown.
The Page 69 Test: Escape from Hangtown.
The Page 69 Test: A Thousand Falling Crows.
Writers Read: Larry D. Sweazy.
My Book, The Movie: A Thousand Falling Crows.