By Duane Swierczynski
The bullet was fired in 1965... it's about to hit home. This is the story of one family, one crime, and many consequences, by Duane Swierczynski, 'a great storyteller' (Michael Connelly).
Three generations - torn apart by one bullet.
Philadelphia 1965: Two street cops - one black, one white - are gunned down in a robbery gone wrong. The killer is never prosecuted. One of the fallen officers, Stanislaw Walczak, leaves behind a twelve-year-old boy, Jimmy...
Philadelphia 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns that his father's alleged killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, is out of prison. Walczak will be waiting, determined to squeeze the truth out of him - any way he can.
Philadelphia 2015: Jim Walczak's daughter Audrey, studying forensic science in grad school, reinvestigates her grandfather's murder for her dissertation. But the deeper Audrey digs, the more she realises: the man everyone thinks killed Walczak didn't do it...
And when the truth comes out, the danger's only going to grow.
Duane Swierczynski is the author of thrillers Expiration Date, Severance Package and CANARY, and the three novels in the Charlie Hardie trilogy, FUN & GAMES, HELL & GONE and POINT & SHOOT. He also writes for Marvel Comics and co-authored Level 26 with CSI creator Anthony Zuiker.
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10 Aug 2017
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Compulsive, written with wry humanity and a deft and thrilling touch for the unexpected — Daily Mail
A three-generation crime saga... a resounding success, with each story line featuring full-blooded characters and intrigue that works both in its own right and in the larger context... Swierczynski just gets better and better. — Booklist
I love the real American cop/noir feel to this novel and think the interwoven individual stories works incredibly well...This is a perfect blend of historical fiction and crime fiction. Highly recommended 5* — Anne Bonny Book Reviews
Duane Swierczynski writes the 'new noir,' full of bad choices, courage, and sudden disaster, all delivered at a break-neck pace — Charlaine Harris, author of the bestselling True Blood series
Inventive...breathes fresh life into a familiar plot with shifting perspectives, sly humor, puckish chapter titles and a crackerjack pace — Kirkus Reviews
Duane Swierczynski is a much-needed breath of fresh air in the book world...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
The premise may be absurd, but it's good enough to propel the breathless action scenes that make Swierczynski's cinematic novels so much fun to read - on the couch or on the run. — New York Times
If non-stop, cool action sequences with fun characters are your thing, you need to read some Swierczynski stories — Wired