Charlie Hardie has had a rough time since he encountered the Accident People (Fun and Games, 2011), who happen to make up the evilest of all evil cabals. World domination is their goal, if only no-account ex-cop Charlie would quit buzzing around their operation like a pesky mosquito. You’ll recall Charlie escaped from an inescapable subterranean prison in the second in the series, Hell and Gone (2011), and went looking for the cabal’s head honchos. That didn’t work out so well, and, by book’s end, Charlie was back in captivity. This time, though, rather being imprisoned far below ground, he’s locked up in a satellite orbiting 500 miles above the earth. That’s weird enough, to be sure, but matters take an even weirder turn when Charlie receives a visitor in space—himself. Well, not really himself, but a double who claims to be from the government, on a mission to save Charlie. Over the top? Of course, but Swierczynski uses his comics background to fine effect here, blending Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy, and a touch of Jim Thompson into a pulpy brew that’s far more fun than it has any right to be. --Bill Ott
"Excessive [and] delirious ... Hardie's entertaining struggles with the killer cabal known as 'the accident people' literally levitate a notch."—Los Angeles Times"
Readers are in for a wild and immensely enjoyable ride."—Publishers Weekly
"The action sequences are killer. I could esily see these books as a major summer blockbuster."—Wired.com
"A much-needed breath of fresh air in the book world."—Michael Connelly