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Expiration Date [Kindle Edition]

Duane Swierczynski
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this neighborhood, make a wrong turn…

 … and you’re history.

 Mickey Wade is a recently-unemployed journalist who lucked into a rent-free apartment—his sick grandfather’s place. The only problem: it’s in a lousy neighborhood—the one where Mickey grew up, in fact. The one he was so desperate to escape.

 But now he’s back. Dead broke. And just when he thinks he’s reached rock bottom, Mickey wakes up in the past. Literally.

 At first he thinks it’s a dream. All of the stores he remembered from his childhood, the cars, the rumble of the elevated train. But as he digs deeper into the past, searching for answers about the grandfather he hardly knows, Mickey meets the twelve-year-old kid who lives in the apartment below.

 The kid who will grow up to someday murder Mickey’s father.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Swierczynski (Severance Package, 2007) originally planned to write this beguiling, pulp-style mix of fantasy and mystery as a magazine serial, but when the New York Times Magazine bowed out of the fiction business, he turned it into a stand-alone novel. Mickey Wade, an unemployed journalist, moves into his grandfather’s apartment in the family’s old Philadelphia neighborhood and, after gobbling a few aspirin to fight a hangover, finds himself beamed back to the day of his birth in 1972. Turns out those weren’t your garden-variety aspirin but, rather, the pills a crackpot scientist had created as part of a government-funded plan to investigate out-of-body travel. Only, in Mickey’s case, he can only go back to the early 1970s. But there’s plenty to do there: if he can somehow divert the young boy who will eventually murder Mickey’s father, he can change his family’s history. Swierczynski cleverly melds the thriller and fantasy elements (especially the notion of nonlinear time), producing a thoroughly readable, suspenseful romp that evokes John D. MacDonald’s pulp classic The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything. --Bill Ott


"Duane Swierczynski continues to carve out his own unique literary presence in a fascinating fusion of mystery, suspense, and sophisticated dark fantasy fiction.  Expiration Date is a skillful, fast-paced, rock'em, jolt'em, spook'em, leave-em-laughin' story with believable characters and a pedal to the floor narrative drive.  Top of the line entertainment."--Tom Piccirilli, author of Shadow Season

“Duane Swierczynski is one of the best thriller writers in America, and probably my favorite. I blazed through Expiration Date in one sitting and I loved it.” -- James Frey, New York Times bestselling author of Bright Shiny Morning and A Million Little Pieces

Praise for Severance Package:

"[A] kinetic story, which never stops moving...turbocharged entertainment." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

"Swierczynski writes a brand of thriller whose pacing forces us to reexamine our casual use of the word breakneck...This is essentially one long action scene that begs for the next Tarantino to direct. But if that sounds like faint praise, it isn't: there are both enough cliché killers and comedy to make us raise two thumbs up. If you want your thrillers to be, well, thrilling, pop a big bowl of corn--you won't leave your seat until the end."--Booklist

"The best word to describe Swierczynski's latest thriller is frenetic, and even that is likely an understatement." --Library Journal

"Fans of crime fiction will find Swierczynski's latest offering to be a guilty pleasure of unparalleled magnitude. With pedal-to-the-metal pacing, characters who appear to be meek cubicle dwellers a la 'Office Space' but are really cold-blooded, black-ops killers, and enough gut-churning violence to make a Quentin Tarantino movie look like a Disney musical replete with singing candlesticks and teapots, the dark, twis...

Product Details

  • File Size: 851 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312363400
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43GNS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best yet March 30, 2010
By Nemo
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If you haven't heard of Duane Swierczynski, you're in for a treat. This guy's one of the best writers I've read in years.

It's not straight up pulp noir, no, it's better than that. Pulp noir with a sci-fi/fantasy twist. Expiration Date is the story of a down on his luck guy who happens upon a means of going back in time, and then happens upon his father's murderer. The story is one of the few time travel stories I've ever read that doesn't fall into a time travel plot hole.

You will find this book especially entertaining if you're from Philadelphia. The gritty detail brings some familiar locales to life.

Get it, read it, love it, and then check out his other books: The Blonde, The Wheelman, Severance Package, or Secret Dead Men.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down! April 14, 2010
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I've been a huge fan of Swierczynski since reading SECRET DEAD MEN and THE BLONDE. He's a writer who gives you something new and surprising with every book. Things I especially loved about EXPIRATION DATE were the feeling of childhood nostalgia and the vivid sense of time and place. The artwork by 2000 AD and Marvel artist Laurence Campbell was an added joy!

The opening sentences are a great hook into this story:
"See that body sprawled on the hardwood floor, marinating in a pool of his own blood?
"That's me."
After getting that far, I couldn't put the book down. And my high expectations weren't disappointed with this original - and often touching - thriller about a down-on-his-luck journalist, Mickey Wade, who takes four Tylenol and travels back in time. Trapped in a wraithlike and disempowered state, Mickey must unravel a murder mystery from the past. Cue twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.

Another reviewer has compared Swierczynski to Charles Bukowski - a great way of describing his supremely readable prose, which combines human warmth with unpredictable quirkiness. I've been on a Swierczynski jag since I picked up THE BLONDE and I highly recommend this particular brand of awesome noir kool-aid. If you're already a fan, pick up EXPIRATION DATE for your next fix. And if you've not discovered him yet, just buy the bunch and treat yourself!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but average time travel adventure May 6, 2010
Mickey Wade loses his job as a journalist and moves into his grandfather's unoccupied apartment in a run down section of Philadelphia. He takes some pills that he thinks are Tylenol, but which end up transporting his spirit back into the 1970's. Once he figures out the connection with the pills, Mickey starts to make repeated trips into the past, and starts to learn more about his family history and the murder of his father. His spirit can only interact with the world in limited ways, but Mickey starts looking for a way to save his father.

This is a good story with a number of twists, but it never really pulled me in. The story never really built up much suspense, and most of the interesting revelations are crammed into the end of the book. I didn't care that much for the character of Mickey so I wasn't too concerned about what happened to him. Expiration Date is interesting for a slightly different look at time travel, but not a must-read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun romp October 14, 2010
By gneeree
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As a fan of Duane Swierczynski, I couldn't wait to read Expiration Date. Now that I have read it, I'd love to see the movie! It was engaging and just a good read. Hubby read it too, and says, "It's a fantastical romp," and "Unexpected and fun." More!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and Twisted May 26, 2011
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Expiration Date is a weird blend of science fiction and noir that would have struggled to find a home with New York publishers. I've read it and enjoyed it, but I'm tempted to call it a literary novel as well because the story does so much with characters and fate and an overall view of the writer's world.

Duane Swierczynski explains the books conceptual origins in the editorial matter in the book, and I found that to be pretty fascinating reading as well. In the beginning, the story was slated to be a magazine serial for the New York Times, which would have been awesome. Then they went and cut those pages and the author was left with an orphan that truly wasn't animal, mineral, or vegetable.

What Expiration Date is, bottom line, is an engrossing read that had me flipping through the Kindle "pages" pretty darn quick. I got caught up in Mickey Wade's story. I mean, the guy just got fired and basically had his family turn their backs on him. The only thing he's got going for him is his grandfather's old apartment, and the place is pretty much a dump.

Oh yeah, Mickey has one other thing going for him, too: his well-to-do girlfriend who sticks by him even when his prospects zero out. After they get him moved into his "new" apartment, they celebrate with a little drinking. The hangover the next morning leads Mickey to find some old aspirin in his grandfather's medicine cabinet.

Only it turns out that the "aspirin" isn't really aspirin. They're cutting-edge biochemical, out-of-body time travel pills. Or something like that. They aren't ever really given a name, and their origins are pretty much left unexplored. But the past gets explored pretty thoroughly.

See, Mickey has a dead dad, too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but it looks good until the other title I was supposed to order ...
I ordered the wrong book, but it looks good until the other title I was supposed to order is released. It was a blessing in disguise.
Published 27 days ago by KB
5.0 out of 5 stars did I like this one
Boy, did I like this one. Going to get other books by the author.
Published 2 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by octavio rojas
5.0 out of 5 stars High octane entertainment
Noir with a time travel twist. Well done, highly recommended for fans of this genre. I have enjoyed all the works of Mr Swierczynski, so check out his other novels too.
Published 8 months ago by Darryl Hand
5.0 out of 5 stars A time traveling story done intelligently
Time traveling. It sneaks up on you in odd and unexpected ways. Like a fungus in a public restroom. One moment, you’re driving a Delorean, pushing the needle north of sensible,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gamma Mouse
4.0 out of 5 stars great quick read
Fun book, kind of a reverse this s your life story. We'll written and easy to read. If you like time travel stories, you will like this book.
Published 12 months ago by Robert Ebert
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written and very involving piece of highly original...
I can't remember the last novel I read that opens with the first-person narrator describing his own death by gunshot. And it just gets weirder from there. Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by Michael K. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything?
Bill Ott, John D. MacDonald's novel THE GIRL, THE GOLD WATCH AND EVERYTHING was a paperback original from 1962, not a pulp. Pulps were dead by then. Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by P. J. Lozito
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas, wish it was written better
Expiration Date has a lot of interesting ideas in it and was easy to read but it wasn't fleshed out as much as it should have been. Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by karistim
4.0 out of 5 stars Really a neat comic novel.....
I read this when it first came into it so much that I looked up the actual case that the book was talking about.... Read more
Published on October 5, 2010 by Christopher Berry
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More About the Author

Duane Swierczynski is the author of several crime thrillers, including the Edgar-nominated and Anthony Award-winning Expiration Date, as well the Charlie Hardie series (Fun & Games, Hell & Gone, Point & Shoot), which has been nominated for Anthony, Shamus, Macavity and Barry awards and optioned for TV. He currently writes Birds of Prey for DC Comics, Godzilla and the forthcoming Judge Dredd for IDW Comics, Bloodshot for Valiant Comics, and has written about the Punisher, Cable, the Immortal Iron Fist, Werewolf By Night, Black Widow and Deadpool for Marvel Comics. Duane has also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on a series of bestselling "digi-novel" thrillers which include Level 26: Dark Origins, Dark Prophecy and Dark Revelations. In a previous life, he worked as an editor and writer for Details, Men's Health and Philadelphia magazines, and was the editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia City Paper. He lives in Philly. You can say "yo" to him at or

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