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Front cover of the book 'Fun and Games' written by Duane SwierczynskiFun & Games - Duane Swierczynski

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books
ISBN-10: 1444707566
ISBN-13: 978-1444707564

23 June 2011

Sometimes – sadly all too rarely – a reader has to stand, put their hands together and applaud at what has been offered to them. Unfortunately, there isn’t time to do that until the end of Duane Swierczynski’s debut with Mullholland Books, Fun & Games, because if ever there’s been a one-sitting book written then this is most definitely it.

Ex-cop Charlie Hardie's latest job is guarding an isolated mansion in LA's Hollywood Hills. But it comes with an unwanted guest - a D-list actress who says she's being hunted by professional hitmen. Charlie thinks she's just high and paranoid.

Charlie's wrong.

This is not a book for the faint of heart, as there are virtually no pauses for breath amidst the mayhem that relentlessly ensues. The characters, dialogue sense of place, atmosphere, timing and – even at its most implausible, which is rare – credibility are all quite simply enthralling and so beg for each question answered and for there to be yet more to be asked so that the story can continue.

In Charlie Hardie, Swierczynski has seen something glittering on the floor out of the corner of his eye, picked it up and found it to be a diamond. Yes, Hardie could so easily have slipped into cliché but the author’s neat trick of instilling him with deep humility, natural self-deprecation and a winning wit means the reader is on his side – and against his enemies – throughout what is, to be sure, a non-stop rollercoaster ride.

This is only the first of an ongoing trilogy and, without wishing to live life away, instalment two cannot come through the door quickly enough.

Chris High


 


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