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Severance Package by Duane Swierczynski
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I love gallows humor. And Duane Swierczynski delivers. It's film noir meets TV's The Office, with a healthy dose of superfluous bedlam. The plot requires one to suspend disbelief, but it's over-the-top funny. Talk about taking fluid rounds (after-work drinking) a step to far, Duane does it with great style. I wonder if he'll be at B'Con 2008 and can I buy him a beer?

Now I'm the girl who likes Jason Statham, Sam Jackson, and Frank Miller movies. Duane's novels have the feel of graphic comic-book novels. Why just shoot them when you can watch them get beat to pulp for three minutes then get shot? If you enjoy gratuitous violence, outrageous plot twists, and need to blow off some vicarious steam towards the boss. Then this is your book. If you can find humor in the telling by someone how they stepped on their own foot and broke it then you'll laugh all the way through this one.
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