About Alan and his book

52nd Street in New York City earned the notorious reputation of “Swing Street” during the 1940’s. The booze flowed freely in the jazz joints that peppered the street where every night was party night!

Louis Prima was the headlining band leader noted as much for his wild onstage antics as he was for “Sing, Sing, Sing”…”Jump, Jive and Wail”… and “Just a Gigolo.”

Dorothy McDonald was one of the party girls who worked on Swing Street.  She lusted to take the stage as the singer in Louis Prima’s band. She wasn’t shy. She was willing to indulge him in a wild night of sex to achieve her dream.

30 years later, the son they sired but didn’t want, embarked on the nearly-impossible mission to identify them and then locate them.

SWING is a detective story filled with deceit and double-crossing, payoffs and bribes. It takes readers on a ride through the underbelly of New York City… to Sing Sing Prison… and to Atlantic City, New Jersey as its author unravels the treachery that eventually leads him to the truth of his origins.


Reviews and News

The latest review of SWING is by Yahoo! Contributor Mary Beth Magee.

If you have Amazon Prime you can now 'borrow' the Kindle version of SWING for FREE!

Here's another book review, by Scott Eyman of the Palm Beach Post.  

The list of positive reviews for SWING continues:

I highly recommend this book. I usually listen to audio books, but this is one book in print that I couldn't put down. Don't even think about it. Just read it! This is a good one.  

"SWING" is a great read, and a more than impressive, heartfelt, first novel from this author. Bravo!  

A great read about perseverance and acceptance and a trip to the world of Swing.

Here is my recommendation...buy it for your IPad or eReader, download some Louis Prima songs, put your earphones in, turn up the volume and enjoy it.

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