Fun & Games (Charlie Hardie #1)
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 glorifie ...more
One actress finds herself the target of a hot pursuit and to be cleaned, eradicated. A house-sitter, fixer kind of guy who has connections with FB ...more
Duane Swierczynski's Fun & Games is the kind of wild hardboiled action thrill ride of a book that people only dream of creating. It's the first in a trilogy of books about a seemingly indestructible down on his luck noir protagonist type character. Charlie Hardie is a burnt out ex-law enforcement consultant determined to drink himself in to oblivion over some atrocity in his past ...more
A far-fetched story must be plausibly told,
so your nonsense isn't showing.
Every chapter of this first Charlie Hardie thriller is prefaced with a quote from the movie world. This is not accidental, as the story is set in Hollywood, mostly in a luxury mansion perched on the side of one of those steep canyons overlooking the city of angels. The style of the book is also very cinematic, more like the 80's action movies than the classic 'noir' I was expecting. The influences are cle ...more
He takes a job sitting a house in Hollywood. He arrives and is checking the place out when he's attacked by an apparently deranged woman who has bee ...more
Madden is spouting off conspiracy theories about "them", an unknown group dubbed, "The Accident ...more
It wasn't high octane either, it was jet fueled and at times I thought the book was going to jettison out of my hands it went so fast.
Haven't had this much fun reading since Laurence Shames and Joey's move from New York City to Key West to romp in the sun and s ...more
FUN & GAMES hits the ground running and never lets up. And it's able to do it while maintaining at least some footing in reality. It's over-the-top to be sure, but the humanity that Swierczynski ...more
Take a washed-out Hollywood starlet, Lane Madden, and put her behind the wheel of a fast car in one of the richer sections of L.A., then have a crew of killers try to run her off the r ...more
B-movie actress Lane Madden is next on the list of THE ACCIDENT PEOPLE.
Have you ever wondered what becomes of screenwriters and film technicians....when their careers are over...or, they've fallen out of favor....Scripted "accidents".....posed "hits"???
Lane is next on The List.....through various nefarious events (exploding gas mains and biot ...more
For fans of Donovan Creed (by John Locke) you'll likely enjoy Swierczynski's Charlie Hardy series, whose books by the way are better tha ...more
5 things you learn from Fun and Games:
1. When life finally stops kicking you in the teeth, you don't whine and count the gaps. You see the fucking dentist and move on.
2. When you stop understanding the plot, you put down the bottle and close your eyes.
3. You are fucked if you are having get-hit-by-a-car-and-discover-yo
And pretty near impossible to predict what is going to happen next - some great twists in the story.
I could go for some more of that - so on to the next one in the trilogy...
a very small group that makes things happen
a somewhat larger group that watches things happen
and the great multitude which never knows what happened.
-Nicholas Murray Butler
That beginning-of-chapter quote perfectly describes the premise of this book - and plus it sounds cool. Charlie Hardie (I know, I hate names that rythme) is an ex-cop from Philidelphia, who hasn't been the same for three years, and is now a simple house sitter going around t ...more
Mulholland Books presents... FUN AND GAMES
NUMBER OF ACCIDENTAL DEATHS PER YEAR
By suffocation: 3,300
By poisoning: 8,600
STAGED BY PROFESSIONALS: You have no idea.
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.
But he's wrong.
The killers are real.
They've tracked her to the house.
And they're no ...more
Book #1 in the Charlie Hardie Trilogy
06/11 - Little, Brown & Company - Paperback, 304 pages
There is an end to every nightmare right?
Charlie Hardie has lived the hard life and was now drinking himself in oblivion one house sitting job at a time. He was a reliable source to stay put, water your plants, and make sure no one breaks into your house. Therefore, what a surprise for Charlie when he arrives at his latest job someone has gotten there before ...more
Fun and Games opens with a bang,like a shotgun blast,and never lets up! Lane Madden,beautiful,rising young actress,is out for a ride on Decker Canyon Road when she sees a pair of headlights behind her. Very close behind her. She begins to suspect she’s being followed and after nearly having an accident,her suspicions turn out to be true,when the “good Samaritan” that stops to help her turns out to be not so good at all.
Hardie is up against some very mean people wh ...more
Talk about fun and games! Take a wild ride with Duane Swierczynski (czyn=sin). If he's driving you're being slammed left and right, high and low and you're scared to death. He writes like a heart attack on wheels, and you'll have to tear yourself away from his book before your ride is over.
Oh, this is good writing...fast and furious, and peppered with reckless people who riddle the book throughout making you hold your breath while they find a way through impossible sit ...more
Duane Swierczynski is a name I’ve come across several times before. It’s a hard one to forget, even though I probably couldn’t spell it if my life depended on it. Amazon has been quite sure that I would enjoy his work, and has recommended him many times over. Swierczynski seems to write the kind of genre fiction I find myself enjoying lately, intense crime thrillers that occasionally edge into mor ...more
To be honest, had I known beforehand that this book entailed the con ...more