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Three generations torn apart—by bullets fired fifty years ago.

On the streets of Philadelphia in 1965, two street cops—one black, one white—are gunned down in a tavern robbery gone wrong. The cold-blooded killing stuns a racially-divided city. One of the fallen officers, Stan Walczak, leaves behind a twelve-year-old boy, Jimmy.

Thirty years later, Jim Walczak becomes a Philadelphia Homicide Detective. His father’s killer—who was supposed to be sent to the electric chair—has been released from prison. Weeks later, Howard Lee Tate is found dead from a drug overdose. Did Jim do it?

Fast-forward to 2015. Jim Walczak’s daughter Audrey, studying forensic science in graduate school, investigates her grandfather’s fifty-year-old murder for her dissertation. As Audrey digs deeper, she comes to a realization: the man convicted of killing Stan Walczak—Howard Lee Tate—didn’t do it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Well sequenced to maximize suspense…a twist-filled saga of family loyalties and civic corruption…Swierczynski’s innovative, life-affirming novel also affords the traditional pleasures of a police procedural, including humor.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • Epic in scope... [and] keep[s] the reader ripping through pages. Revolver may very well be Swierczynski's strongest novel to date--and one of my favorites of 2016, so far--at least until he releases the next one. LitReactor.com
  • "Impressive, intricately constructed . . . Well sequenced to maximize suspense . . .
    A twist-filled saga of family loyalties and civic corruption . . . Mr. Swierczynski's innovative, life-affirming novel also affords the traditional pleasures of a police procedural, including humor.
    Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
  • This is the first novel I've read by [Duane Swierczynski] and as soon as I finished it I went back and read three more by him. . . . Fast-moving . . . This book illuminates race relations in the '60s in Philadelphia and in the country at large. Nancy Pearl, NPR
  • “Though the multigenerational saga encompasses many decades, reaching all the way back to 1933, Swierczynski’s snappy dialogue, athletic pacing and cliffhanger chapter endings make this a tight read.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “A good crime novel…[Revolver is] gritty and gripping!”


  • “[A] powerful tale of corruption and the lasting effects of crime.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[A] complex whodunit…[with] well-defined characters and a clever mystery…Swierczynski skillfully juggles three interrelated plot lines.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ambitious…This novel is dotted with fine details.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “It makes perfect sense to use three narrators to tell the stories of the three family members at the center of an unsolved mystery. Rick Zieff sturdily personifies Stan Walczak…John Glouchevitch stoically portrays Stan’s son…Christine Lakin enlivens the best character of the lot, Jimmy’s adoptive daughter, Aubrey, the sarcastic, tattooed black sheep of the family…In alternating chapters, the trio carries listeners through the crime’s many twists, all hinging on a family secret. Three skilled narrators bring a new meaning to the term ‘dysfunctional family.’”


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