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Fun & Games

Trade Paperback, 06/20/2011

ISBN 9780316133289

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2012 Shamus Award, Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel

The first of three explosive pulp thrillers arriving back-to-back from cult crime fiction sensation and Marvel Comics scribe Duane Swierczynski.

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 the same thing will happen to him.

Languishing in self-imposed exile, Charlie has become a glorified house sitter. His latest gig comes replete with an illegally squatting B-movie actress who rants about hit men that specialize in making deaths look like accidents. Unfortunately, it’s the real deal. Hardie finds himself squared off against a small army of the most lethal men in the world.

It’s nothing personal–the girl just happens to be the next name on their list. For Hardie, though, it’s intensely personal. He’s not about to let more innocent people die. Not on his watch.

Praise for Fun and Games:

“Breathless action. So much fun to read—on the couch or on the run.” -Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“So bloody satisfying.” –Booklist

“Brilliant … one hell of a roller coaster read. Mr. Swierczynski writes like Elmore Leonard on adrenaline and speed.” –New York Journal of Books

“With Fun & Games, Swierczynski has pushed his style to its farthest extreme yet, and from the looks of things, the rest of the trilogy is going to go even further; he has the chops pull it off like the perfect heist.” –Los Angeles Review of Books

“Swierczynski steps on the gas early in this pulse-pounding contemporary thriller and doesn’t let up . . . an unforgettable climax . . . the sequel’s appearance won’t be too soon for many readers.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Swierczynski’s on a mission to find out just how insanely entertaining a  thriller can be, and Fun and Games is his finest accomplishment yet.  You could  call it a meditation on action movies of the 1980s, but to call something that moves this fast and hits this hard a ‘meditation’ just seems wrong.” -Josh Bazell

“An audacious, propulsive thrill ride that kidnapped me on page one and didn’t look back.” –Brian Azzarello, Harvey- and Eisner-Award-winning author of 100 Bullets and Loveless

“Duane Swierczynski consistently comes up with ideas I wish I’d thought of, which is bad enough, but with Fun and Games, he’s raised his game to another level. Broader in scope than anything he’s done before, and more exciting than whatever you’re reading right now, this is Duane’s breakout novel.” –Ed Brubaker, Harvey- and Eisner-Award-winning author of Criminal and Incognito

“FUN AND GAMES is a high octane, cinematic delight that uses film techniques of fast pace and quick cuts and highly visual scenes to rivet the reader to their chair. I loved it, man. Duane Swierczynski is the bomb, and this book is a white-hot nuclear explosion.” –Joe R. Lansdale, author of The Bottoms, Leather Maiden, and the Hap and Leonard series

“Cool, suspenseful, tragic, and funny as hell, Duane Swierczynski gives us his best yet in this noir Hollywood fantasy. In FUN AND GAMES, Swierczynski follows the broken dreams of Hollywood out to their logical, horrifying conclusion, where a murder is a meta-narrative that may or may not be greenlit and hitmen are only as good as their last production. I loved this book the first time, and I’ll love it even more the second, third, and fourth. I haven’t had this much fun reading in a long time.” –Sara Gran, author of Dope and Come Closer

“A rocket of a read . . . a speed demon narrative that doesn’t slow down for a second, not even while taking vicious and violent hairpin turns.”—Tom Piccirrilli

“Could not be more perfect . . . the writing is bare and taut; there’s nothing spare in Swierczynski’s prose and it’s got the pounding rhythm of a West coast punk band on crystal meth.”–Simon Le Bon (DuranDuran)

“This book has it all. Duane creates a world we can see. FUN & GAMES is a conspiracy book to rival my favorite conspiracy movie, The Parallax View. I declare this book fastest read of the year. I want part two, HELL & GONE now.”

Praise for Duane Swierczynski

“Duane Swierczynski puts the rest of the crime-writing world on notice. So learn to spell the last name. He’s going to be around for awhile.” -Laura Lippman

“Duane Swierczynski is one of the best thriller writers in America, and probably my favorite.” -James Frey