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The Blonde by Duane Swierczynski – review

July 23, 2013
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This is a reprint of a review that originally appeared at another site. The Blonde begins with Jack Eisley, sitting in an airport bar, having a drink with a beautiful blonde when she leans over and utters the opening line of the book “I poisoned your drink.” It’s a great opener that drops you...

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Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski – review

August 23, 2011
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Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski – review

When I pick up a Duane Swierczynski novel I expect certain things.  Humor, an insane pace, a high body count, and an inventive spin on classic genre tropes.  With novels like The Wheelman, The Blonde and Severance Package, Swierczynski has proved time and again that he’s one of the most entertaining and straight-up bugfuck...

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Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski – review

March 23, 2011
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Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski – review

Picking up a new book by Duane Swierczynski is a lot like setting out on a road trip with a bipolar drinking buddy off his meds. You have no idea where you’ll end up, but it’s a good bet the journey will include tons of laughter, some tense moments, and enough spilled blood to...

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Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski – excerpt

October 26, 2010
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Mulholland Books has an excerpt from Duane Swierczynski’s upcoming novel, the first in a trilogy, Fun & Games. ONE It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Popular saying She discovered Decker Canyon Road by accident, not long after she moved to L.A. A random turn off the PCH near Malibu shot...

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Sqweegel on CSI

October 12, 2010
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This Thursday Sqweegel makes his appearance on CSI. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.More...

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The Wheelman by Duane Swierczynski – review

August 13, 2010
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The Wheelman by Duane Swierczynski – review

I originally reviewed The Wheelman by Duane Swierczynski on October 2nd, 2006. An Irishman, Murphy, said “What can go wrong will” and then he was refuted by another Irishman, O’Toole, who said “Murphy was an optimist” and Lennon, an Irishman, goes to great lengths to show that they were both edjits and maintains a...

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The Blonde by Duane Swierczynski – review

August 1, 2010
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The Blonde by Duane Swierczynski – review

Swierczynski’s goal is to entertain you by breathing new life into old pulp conventions and coming up with just enough plot to hang a flat out purge of non stop action onto. The plots not the thing here, it’s the delightfully weird and off key characters, the unusual situations that they find themselves getting...

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Examination of a character type: The Driver

May 26, 2010
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This is just a thinking out loud piece rather then a full on analysis. I wanted to take a look at the history of and riff on a recurring character type, The Driver. I have two...

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Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski – Review

May 14, 2010
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Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski – Review

Expiration Date follows ex-journalist (is there any other kind these days?) Mickey Wade as he plummets to rock bottom, sleeping in his comatose grandfather’s shitty apartment and spending his last dime on a supply of beer and peanut butter.  At least his hot best friend Meghan has yet to abandon him, but when Mickey...

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Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski – review

April 18, 2010
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Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski – review

Expiration Date may just be the best book that Duane Swierczynski has written yet. (I only say may because I think that The Wheelman might just be my favorite.) In it he has rendered his strengths in greater clarity: The pace flies; The plot grows increasingly complex but never gets unruly. Swierczynski regularly makes...

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