The man who wrote the book on robbing banks--This Here's a Stick-Up: The Big Bad Book of American Bank Robbery
(2002)--here indulges his fascination from a fictional angle. Lennon, the untalkative Irish hero, doesn't technically rob banks, but he does drive the getaway car for guys who do. Though he is a consummate pro, the job is unpredictable by nature, and when we meet him--waiting outside a Wachovia bank in Philadelphia--he is about to find out exactly how unpredictable. The heist goes horrifically wrong, and in the adrenaline-charged pages that follow, Lennon is betrayed, beaten, and befuddled as he relentlessly tries to recover his loot and get out of Philly intact. Fast-moving and funny, The Wheel Man
is a Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in an R-rated amusement park. It's cartoonishly violent, but fans of pulp fiction won't bat an eyelash. The book sports a blurb by Ken Bruen (Vixen
, 2005), which makes sense: despite their different milieus, fans of one writer should enjoy the other. Keir GraffCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"Duane Swierczynski is one of the best new things to happen to crime fiction in a long time. A kick-ass writer with wicked cool skills and the instincts of a seasoned veteran. Keep your eyes on him. He's going places."
--Victor Gischler, Edgar-nominated author of Gun Monkeys
"I canceled a night out and stayed up all night reading. That's how much I loved this book . . . at every turn, I was blindsided. Hilarious and bloody violent." --Ken Bruen, Shamus Award-winning author of The Guards