Local author publishes 13th novel


By Zach Dunkin


It’s a good thing Noblesville author Larry Sweazy isn’t superstitious.

For his 13th novel, “Where I Can See You,” he is making a departure from his award-winning historical approach to a modern-day detective thriller.

“It just worked out that way,” Sweazy said. “I’ve been wanting to write this novel for a long time. I hope that it makes a contribution to the mystery genre by adding a fully-fledged, flawed character with a good heart to the ranks of the wonderful mysteries that are out there.”

The novel will received national distribution Jan. 10. and is available in all major and independent bookstores, and through online outlets such as Amazon.com.

Sweazy’s 13th novel, “Where I Can See You,” was distributed nationally earlier this month. (Submitted photo)

The thriller features detective Hud Matthews, who is haunted by the disappearance of his mother when he was 8 years old. Matthews begins his own investigation to find out what really happened so many years before. When a rare murder occurs in the lakeside community in northern Indiana, his veteran skills are called upon to capture the killer.

“The loss of his mother not only changed his life in a deep, inexplicable way, it also taught him how to ask questions and to look differently at the world from a very young age,” Sweazy said of the main character. “I hope readers will root for Hud and see a little of themselves in his story.”

Sweazy is two-time winner of the Western Writers of America (WWA) Spur Award (2005, 2013), the Best Book of Indiana Award (2011), two Will Rogers Medallion Awards for Best Western Fiction (2011, 2012) and the Elmer Kelton Books Award (2013).

“Someone asked me recently if my own mother was still alive and if she had got see me go on to publish 13 novels,” said Sweazy, who didn’t publish his first until he was age 49. “Sadly, the answer is no. A lot of this novel is for her.”