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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (859 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Duane Swierczynski Narrator: Pete Larkin Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Charlie Hardie Trilogy Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781611139303
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The first of three explosive pulp thrillers from cult crime fiction sensation and Marvel Comics scribe Duane Swierczynski

Charlie Hardie, an ex-cop still reeling from the revenge killing of his former partner’s entire family, fears one thing above all else: that he’ll suffer the same fate.

Languishing in self-imposed exile, Hardie has become a glorified house sitter. His latest gig comes replete with an illegally squatting B-movie actress who rants about hit men who specialize in making deaths look like accidents. Unfortunately, it’s the real deal. Hardie finds himself squared off against a small army of the most lethal men in the world: the Accident People.

It’s nothing personal—the girl just happens to be the next name on their list. For Hardie, though, it’s intensely personal. He’s not about to let more innocent people die—not on his watch.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Breathless action. So much fun to read on the couch or on the run.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Duane Swierczynski is a much-needed breath of fresh air in the book world. Sure, he starts with established archetypes and classic story lines. But he makes them new and making them new makes them fun. This guy is a great storyteller. I never know what he is going to come up with or where he is going to take me. I just know I won’t be complaining about a thing once I get there.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “Swierczynski steps on the gas early in this pulse-pounding contemporary thriller and doesn’t let up…an unforgettable climax …the sequel’s appearance won’t be too soon for many readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “So bloody satisfying.”

    Booklist

  • “A load of high octane taught action. Readers who like their action fast, brutal, and smart, as well as fans of the Die Hard franchise, will be eagerly awaiting the next installment.”

    Library Journal

  • “Brilliant…one hell of a roller coaster read. Mr. Swierczynski writes like Elmore Leonard on adrenaline and speed.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “With Fun & Games, Swierczynski has pushed his style to its farthest extreme yet, and from the looks of things, the rest of the trilogy is going to go even further; he has the chops pull it off like the perfect heist.”

    Los Angeles Review of Books

  • “Insanely entertaining.”

    Josh Bazell, author of the New York Times bestseller Beat the Reaper

  • “More exciting than whatever you’re reading right now, this is Duane's breakout novel.”

    Ed Brubaker, Eisner Award winning author

  • “A white-hot nuclear explosion.”

    Joe R. Lansdale, Edgar Award winning author

  • A 2012 Anthony Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2012 Shamus Award
  • A 2012 Barry Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Brown | 1/15/2014

    " A bit uneven...but enough dark comedy to keep me going. 1st in a trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/10/2014

    " It's like an action movie in book form, non-stop. Grab popcorn and coke for a snack while you read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 1/10/2014

    " murder and mayhem in L.A. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/2/2014

    " Light & fast reading in the spirit of Jim Thompson. The quirkiness and humor tempered the violence and awful events in the book. Enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Bourgon | 12/16/2013

    " Not my usual, but it turns out I love chase scenes. And this is a doozie, mixing awesome chases, great characters, and enough conspiracy I'm surprised this hasn't been optioned yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim R | 11/12/2013

    " Triple A, five star pulp. A good story, good characters a fast paced read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 11/10/2013

    " 4.5 stars, really. Maybe 5. I love this guy! You have to totally suspend disbelief for the story to work, and have a strong tolerance for extreme violence. Gory, awful, over-the-top stuff. But funny. Seriously twisted funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Gorman | 10/2/2013

    " Suggested by a valued reading friend, this author is rock solid in the mystery genre. Fast paced and intense, I will go back and explore some of his earlier works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 9/27/2013

    " Fast paced, action filled. Clever storyline and well written. A great read for those who enjoy suspense and thriller. Can't wait to read the next book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John McKenna | 9/16/2013

    " It's mystery, mayhem, and murder in non-stop action from the opening sentence to the last page in the best pulp fiction tradition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlos Trevino | 6/23/2013

    " A fast paced read that involves Hollywood and government conspiracies. The first in a trilogy that will make you want to rush to start part 2 as soon as you've finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 3/28/2013

    " Once again Mr. Duane doesn't disappoint. Can't wait to read the next two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 2/27/2013

    " Loved it! Unique. Quirky but plausible. All the right stuff for an enjoyable crime fiction read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/14/2013

    " Duane Swiercynski writes crazy/awesome actioncrimethrillers and this is on of his best. They move at light speed, have slick characters and tons of great twists. It's as ridiculous as possible in the best possible way. I'm already searching online for the sequel he released a couple of months later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rock | 3/25/2012

    " Fun and fast paced....look forward to more Charlie Hardie books....probably 3.5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas Adams | 2/9/2012

    " It's hard to imagine a much better example of the crime fiction genre. I'm no expert of course, but this book was a real pleasure to read from start to finish, and the first one to keep me up at night reading in a while. On to the second book in the trilogy... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 10/14/2011

    " Typical Swierczynski: over the top action but a lot of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 6/21/2011

    " It's such a cliche to say you couldn't put a book down, but that was literally true in this case. I think I was holding my breath half the time, too. Absolutely loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Landon | 6/15/2011

    " The book had too much explicit language for my liking. I did not finish this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 6/12/2011

    " Another awesome read from Duane Swierczynski. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 4/18/2011

    " I've read a bunch of Duane's books and he writes in a class by himself.
    Unputdownable is an apt description. You pick up a Duane, you better have some time.
    Wow! Blistering from start to finish. Can't wait for the next installment in this trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 3/27/2011

    " Really fun pulp craziness. Waiting for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 12/27/2010

    " This is pure fun. An awesome read. Literally you can't put it down. "

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