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Fun and Games (Charlie Hardie #1) Paperback – Bargain Price, June 20, 2011
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"Insanely entertaining." (Josh Bazell, author of the New York Times bestseller Beat the Reaper )
"So bloody satisfying." (Booklist )
"Breathless action. So much fun to read-on the couch or on the run." (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review )
"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) )
"A load of high octane taught action. Readers who like their action fast, brutal, and smart, as well as fans of the Die Hard franchise, will be eagerly awaiting the next installment." (Library Journal )
"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 )
"A white-hot nuclear explosion." (Joe R. Lansdale, Edgar Award-winning author of The Bottoms, Leather Maiden, and the Hap and Leonard series )
"Cool, suspenseful, tragic, and funny as hell, Fun and Games is Duane Swierczynski's best yet. I haven't had this much fun reading in a long time." (Sara Gran, author of Dope and Come Closer )
"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 )
About the Author
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Okay, what about Fun & Games? The story centers around ex-Philadelphia cop, Charlie Hardie, who was nearly killed while on the job. He soon retired from the force and became a professional house sitter, moving around the country and babysitting other people's homes while they are away. His new gig is in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles County. He's taking care of a house that's own by a movie soundtrack artist, who's away in Europe for a whole month.
When Charlie flies into LAX and discovers that his suitcase has been lost, it's only the beginning of a really bad day. Charlie then rents a car and drives it up to the Hollywood Hills where the house is located. He quickly finds out that the house keys aren't in the mailbox where they're supposed to be, so he has to climb the roof and make his way to the back, hoping to get in through the rear door.Read more ›
FUN AND GAMES balances the quirky story with characters that seem real--paging Lindsay Lohan for the role of Lane--and sympathetic. The mystery about what sent Charlie fleeing from Philadelphia interests us but so does the question of who wants Lane dead and why.
A lot of the fun of the story--at least for people who actually live in Los Angeles--is the sense of authenticity. The plot plays out like a mash-up of John Ridley's EVERYBODY SMOKES IN HELL and Elmore Leonard's GET SHORTY. The characters have history and context and their lives are complicated. Sometimes this is tragic--as with Charlie--and sometimes it's hilarious, with the suburban dad who calls himself FACTBOY having to seclude himself in public bathrooms to stay in contact with his client--while his vacationing wife and children get antsy.
The client is an intriguing character herself. We know absolutely nothing about her but it's fascinating to watch her unravel as she has to invent more and more narratives to cover the scenarios that unfold when her plan goes FUBAR. We're not the only one horrified by her total lack of compassion--even second in command can't believe she's so cold-blooded.
Both Lane and Charlie are terrifically damaged people. The writer gives us their internal dialogue so that we are invested in their survival. It's funny that most of Lane's survival skills were learned while making various cheap action movies.
Charlie is almost ridiculously resilient but at the end, he's still standing.Read more ›
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Mysterious Book Report No. 37
Fun & Games
John Dwaine McKenna
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Entertaining throwaway fiction featuring a nearly superhuman assortment of characters, a shadowy conspiracy (one of my least-favorite plot devices), quite a bit of violence, and a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stewart Bushman
Charlie Hardie is a never say "die" kind of detectvie.. A fast fun read if you like preposterously unbelievable situations from which the flawed hero always escapes. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Like a movie dialogue complete with spine tingling action Swierczynski transports the reader on a thrilling journey into mayhem and humor. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chuck
First in the series of Charlie Hardie books. Some interesting character twists.Published 19 months ago by Cementor
It's amazing, though, to read a hundred pages and find that I absolutely to do not give even the tiniest fraction of a shit.Published on July 2, 2014 by Alex
Some clever ideas in here and well-formed characters, but the writing's trying too hard to deliver which is at best distracting and at worst annoying. Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by Marc Y. Leonard