It’s a compliment to Lisa’s craft that Black Swan Rising reads so much like a current affairs book rather than a novel that it probably should come with a trigger warning for anyone distressed by the national political clime in recent years. Protagonists Sarah Price, who runs social media for a San Diego congressman, and local television reporter Casey Cheng, are both operating in the toxic and deadly atmosphere of MRA and white nationalist activists, and multiple active shooter incidents. The sometimes anxiety-inducing thriller components are leavened with Lisa’s loving travelogue of many of San Diego’s local eateries and breweries, both actual and fictional. An important if upsetting read for mystery and suspense readers. – Maryelizabeth— From Lisa Brackmann signs Black Swan Rising, with Sisters In Crime SD
Sarah Price wants a career in politics. But she has a secret past that won't stay past, threatening her job on a San Diego congressman's reelection campaign.
Casey Cheng wants a story. An ambitious local television reporter, Casey needs to get her career back on track after being seriously injured in a mass shooting. When she investigates the man who nearly killed her, she finds a connection to a group of online harassers called #TrueMen--and realizes her shooter may not be the only killer they have inspired.
Casey's investigation and Sarah's secret put them both in the crosshairs of a hate group that targets anyone they've deemed to be against their cause, including Sarah's boss, the congressman. Now Sarah and Casey have a choice to make--do they hide? Or do they fight back?
"Riveting thriller...Readers will furiously turn the pages to see how it all ends."--Publishers Weekly
"An absorbing and apocalyptic vision of American politics that leaves the reader hoping it will never come to this."--Booklist
"Lisa Brackmann's Black Swan Rising is a savvy, riveting thriller that's also deeply human, with characters who are as authentic as they are compelling."--Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone
"Lisa Brackmann writes with passion, guts, and heart. Black Swan Rising is more than just a thrilling read--it's also an unflinching examination of the corrosive effects of racism and misogyny on American culture."--Chris Holm, Anthony Award-winning author of The Killing Kind
"A raw and masterful mystery thriller that explores the real darkness of the human soul."--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Glimpse
"Black Swan Rising is more than the sum of its parts . . . In this gripping novel, Lisa Brackmann tells not just the harrowing story of two women impacted by a mass shooting but the story of America's deadly love affair with guns."--Bryn Greenwood, New York Times bestselling author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
"Reading Black Swan Rising is like peering into a dark mirror that perfectly captures the societal turmoil and fractures of our time. Thrilling and provocative, this is Lisa Brackmann at the top of her game."--Hilary Davidson, Anthony Award-winning author of One Small Sacrifice
"Fierce, fearsome, and distressingly relevant."--Elizabeth Little, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Dear Daughter
"At the intersection of current issues and events, Black Swan Rising is a gripping story that rockets forward with action and suspense."--Jamie Mason, author of Monday's Lie
"An important book that looks at where our currently divided political climate could take us, and where it already has."--Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of The Good Liar
"A smart thriller that captures the heat of our country's moral and civic battles."--Kim Fay, author of The Map of Lost Memories
"A terrifying novel that focuses on a political campaign plagued by gun violence and misogyny. It cuts deep in a way that is all too distressingly believable, but Brackmann's smart prose and winning female protagonists go a long way towards fighting the darkness."--Steph Cha, author of Dead Soon Enough
"Black Swan Rising is a must-read for everyone who cares about what's happening in our country."--Libby Fischer Hellmann, author of Set the Night on Fire