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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

"Frenetic prose...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."―

"A much-needed breath of fresh air in the book world."―Michael Connelly

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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Hardie Novels
  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books; Original edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316133302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316133302
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Otis T. Silas on April 16, 2014
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The first in this series, Fun & Games, was a fun, clever, wild ride -- the wacky characters (Unkillable Chuck, Deke, and Mann) were a kick, and the crazy imaginative story makes it a page-turner! But this book is none of that!

Of course, if you're looking at purchasing this book, perhaps you've already read the first two -- if so, all you need to know is this third book is like the 2nd (Hell and Gone). If you like the 2nd, you'll like the third.

On the other hand, if you're like me and thought the 2nd book was terrible, you will not like the third either. Save your time and money for another book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erik Smith on May 2, 2013
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Unputdownable. It's not a literal term. Otherwise we would be walking around covered in books, which would make it kinda difficult to eat, sleep, and, well, do just about anything.


Figuratively speaking, Duane Swierczynski's Point & Shoot definitely fits the bill.

Picking up exactly where Hell & Gone left off, the latest Charlie Hardie adventure is a rocketing thrill ride of non-stop craziness.

Fun & Games (the first Charlie Hardie book) was a fast paced thriller.

Hell & Gone (book number two) was an action packed mind game.

Point & Shoot...well, Point & Shoot is a bizarro, buddy road tripping, action adventuring, identity swapping, serial killering, conspiracy filled masterpiece.

As always, Swierczynski's writing is as sharp as a scalpel. With just a few words, he is able to bring each character to life. The dialogue crackles, and the action bursts from the page in a cloud of gun powder and blood. (Again, I'm speaking figuratively. Literally, well, that would be rather gross.)

For anyone looking for a well written, thrilling, breathtaking story, I highly recommend Point & Shoot. I do suggest you read the first two books. Not just to get the whole story, but because they are all fantastic fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noirguy on May 6, 2013
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A satisfying close to the Charlie Hardie series, the most unpredictable trilogy I've ever read. This one is no different. It goes places you'd never expect and the pace never lets up. It wraps nearly everything up nicely and true to the series. A slightly vague ending could lead to more books, and if that is the case I'll be first in line to read whatever comes next.
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The last in the Charlie Hardie Trilogy, this book was quite a departure for me. It is part sci-fi, part comic book [many of which this author has written, with great success], neither of which is usually in my `comfort zone' of reading material. But I had read "Hell & Gone," the 2nd book in the trilogy, which I loved, and this newest book quickly had me under its spell: Fast-paced, suspenseful, fanciful, and a lot of fun.

In that prior book, Charlie, a former police consultant from Philadelphia, had spent the last two years babysitting the homes of the rich in LA; his last job had ended disastrously, with a shoot-out of historic proportions: Charlie, who soon earned the nickname "Unkillable Chuck," was nearly drowned, shot in his left arm, shot in the side of his head, and almost shot in the face at point-blank range, and ultimately incarcerated, underground. To quote from the back of the book: "Having accepted the ultimate punishment for his escape from the world's most secret prison, Charlie Hardie finds himself trapped inside a satellite parked in orbit 500 miles above the Earth. He's got a year's supply of food, air and water, and no communication back to Earth, and he must complete his twelve months' duty or the evil conglomerate that banished him will make his wife and son have an `accident.'" All this is spelled out in the opening pages of the book, and to say any more would constitute an unforgivable spoiler.

The tale is comprised of many improbable components, including but not limited to several megalomaniacal characters; sibling serial killers, the return of Deacon ("Deke") Clark, a lot of mayhem and the accompanying blood, and chapters headed by classic lines from old movies. One never knows what's coming next.
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I should immediately warn you: Point and Shoot should be read only after if you are familiar with the previous two books of the trilogy. This third book about Charlie Hardie does not really work as a stand alone novel, which, if read in isolation from the previous books of the series, will not have much sense.

For the same reason, write a review on Point and Shoot is pretty hard: a reviewer every time is risking to step on the minefield of spoilers. Those who have read the first and second books already know what happened to Charlie Hardie before he, at the beginning of the third book, found himself on the Earth's orbit. Those who have not read previous books, you'd better run and get Fun and Games and Hell and Gone as soon as possible.

The first novel of the series was not for me not just one of the best thrillers of 2011, but one of the best thrillers ever written. Duane Swierczynski's imagination knocks you down, and the novel could justly be called the King of the Pageturners. Hell and Gone had a very different pace: the novel was important as part of the whole story, but on its own was a disappointing read. The author went too far with the melodrama, and the book smelled of cardboard and stupidity.

The third book was to be decisive: Will Swierczynski be on the level of the first book, or will fail, as in the case of the second? Point and Shoot is a worthy conclusion of the trilogy, but still not up to the level of Fun and Games. In the first two books Swierczynski used so many unexpected twists that it seemed there'd not left any for the third. Certainly not. In Point and Shoot imagination is bursting, so there will be enough surprises for a few more books.
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