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Hardcover, 2/24/15

ISBN 9780316403207

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One of Boston Globe‘s Best Books of 2015 and nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel!

It’s dangerous enough when an ordinary college girl turns confidential informant. Even more dangerous when she’s smarter than the kingpins, killers, and cops who control her.

Honors student Sarie Holland is busted by the local police while doing a favor for her boyfriend. Unwilling to betray him but desperate to avoid destroying her future, Sarie has no choice but to become a “CI”—a confidential informant.

Philly narcotics cop Ben Wildey is hungry for a career-making bust. The detective thinks he’s found the key in Sarie: her boyfriend scores from a mid-level dealer with alleged ties to the major drug gangs.

Sarie turns out to be the perfect CI: a quick study with a shockingly keen understanding of the criminal mind. But Wildey, desperate for results, pushes too hard and inadvertently sends the 19-year-old into a death trap, leaving Sarie hunted by crooked cops and killers alike with nothing to save her—except what she’s learned during her harrowing weeks as an informant.

Which is bad news for the police and the underworld. Because when it comes to payback, CI #1373 turns out to be a very quick study…

Duane Swierczynski is the author of several crime thrillers including the Shamus Award–winning Charlie Hardie series (Fun & Games, Hell & Gone, Point & Shoot), which is currently being developed by Sony Pictures Television. He currently writes the monthly comic series Judge Dredd for IDW, X for Dark Horse, and has written various bestselling comics series for Marvel and DC. Duane has also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on the bestselling Level 26 series. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and children.

“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 Sookie Stackhouse novels, including Dead Ever After

“A cunning, zippy, plot-twister . . . Swierczynski keeps the action pulsating along [with] an array of compelling characters, crisp dialogue, and pop culture references. . . . It’s those touches [that] make Canary sing.” —Daneet Steffens, Boston Globe

“Swierczynski can set a constant, wicked pace.” —Al Lubrano, Philadelphia Inquirer

“This is A+ stuff. . . . With its slick prose, its multiple viewpoints and a plot as tasty as Philly cheesesteak, Duane Swierczynski’s Canary sings.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“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.” —Michael Connelly

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