Murder and mayhem in Hollywood Hills. A thrill a page.
Zany crime caper that reads just like a cartoon story and does what it says on the tin. The hero, Ex-cop Charlie Hardie (Road-Runner), and Mann, the big-breasted female baddie (Wile E. Coyote), backed by a great supporting cast.
Hardie’s latest job is a house sitter at an isolated mansion. Easy life, watching old movies and drinking bourbon. But it comes with an uninvited guest, a D rated actress (Lane Madden) who says she’s being hunted by professional hitmen. Hardie thinks she’s paranoid, but he’s wrong. Mann’s hi-tech team – The Accident People – are well prepared to take them both out – preferably in body bags.
But when the action arrives, Hardie’s not the sort of guy to lie down and he fights back to protect Lane Madden – and his own past demons from surfacing again.
It’s fast, furious, and funny. With a story line that is part credible and part creative – but always entertaining. I rarely read a book in one, or even two, sittings – but this one gripped throughout and had me wanting more. Some brilliant one-liners from Hardie, even in desperate situations.
What critics call a page-turner, all 280 pages. I can’t wait to read the next one, Hell and Gone. Duane Swiercznski (remember the name) is here to stay – big time.