W.A. Winter


W.A. Winter is the pen name of William Swanson, a Minneapolis-based journalist and author who has written extensively about crime, law enforcement, and the courts. See You/See Me, Handyman, and Wolfie's Game are his first ebook novels. As William Swanson, he is the author of three true-crime books: Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson, Black White Blue: The Assassination of Patrolman Sackett, and Stolen from the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper. Dial M was the basis of an Investigation Discovery Network docudrama and has been optioned for a feature film.
In April 2021, Seventh Street Books published W.A. Winter's novel, The Secret Lives of Dentists, inspired by an infamous Minneapolis murder case in 1955. Seventh Street Books will publish another Midwestern noir novel, My Name Is Joe LaVoie, also inspired by actual events, in August of this year.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started entertaining myself with made-up stories when I was still in knee pants. The stories often included a crime, a cop or a sheriff, and a few sketchy characters, all of whom populated the little town I built around my beloved Lionel train set.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Seventh Street Books published my first print novel, The Secret Lives of Dentists, in April 2021. It was inspired by a lurid 1955 Minneapolis murder case involving, yes, a local dentist and one of his attractive patients, who may have been carrying his unborn baby when she was strangled in a quiet Southside neighborhood. The story is haunted by memories of my distant childhood and animated by characters and events I have encountered in my long life. Seventh Street Books will publish my second print novel, My Name Is Joe LaVoie, also inspired by actual events, later this summer.
Read more of this interview.


Wolfie's Game
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,490. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Scam artist Werther Wolfe and ex-cop Rennie Beausoleil have been rivals all their lives. Not coincidentally, Wolfie is married to Rennie's stepsister, Denise, whose seductive charms have tormented Rennie since the three of them were kids. Wolfie also happens to be a killer who’s determined to kill again, and this time the intended victim of his “perfect murder” is Rennie himself.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,780. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
"Fixer" Frank Gates wants to hire "handyman" Harry Fairchild to murder a wealthy executive's cheating wife. Frank's unstable stepson, meanwhile, wants to kill the executive and run off with the woman. And a relentless homicide detective is determined to make Frank and Harry pay for an old crime. The second in a series of period noir novels inspired by Patricia Highsmith and George V. Higgins.
See You / See Me
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,110. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The first in a series of noir novels inspired by Patricia Highsmith, John D. MacDonald, and George V. Higgins. Set in postwar Minneapolis, Minnesota, See You / See Me tells the tale of ordinary people who become fatally entangled in their own desires, frustrations, and lies. When the curtain falls, this much is clear: Death is in the eye of the beholder.

W.A. Winter's tag cloud