|Born||James Paul Swain|
June 7, 1956
James Swain (born June 7, 1956) is an American crime fiction author and magician.
Swain has written at least fifteen fiction and non-fiction books. Many of these have been translated into twelve different foreign languages. He has used two main character in most of his crime related and mystery books. These are Tony Valentine, a private eye and Jack Carpenter, an ex-cop turned child rescuer.
Swain is lesser known for his "Magic" non-fiction books which are self-published. Swain's recent books are "Mysteries of the Year" by Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. He has also received two nominations for the Barry Award. In 2006, he was awarded the Prix Calibre 38 for best American Crime Fiction for his Tony Valentine series. He has also received reward for his fiction from "Florida Book."
The "Tony Valentine" rights were purchased in 2009 by Langley Films for theatrical purposes. An agreement allows Swain to write the first screenplay adaptation.
- Don't Blink: The Magic of James Swain (1992)
- Miracles with Cards (1996)
- 21st Century Card Magic (1999)
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- The Linking Ring, Vol. 79, No. 7, July 1999, HOCUS POCUS PARADE, Florida Card Guys Parade by John Luka, Jim Swain, page 113
- Genii Magazine, Vol. 64, No. 5, May 2001, James Swain - A Gift for Grift and the Sense to Novelize It by Paul W. Cummins, page 44
- "Best of Friends, Volume I" (1982), (2001), Jim Swain, page 294