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Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fun and games review.

This story contains a high octane charged sequence of events that grip you from the very first page and does not let down in momentum. The story has a great plot and some good old hard boiled characters, elements that pan out into a solid thriller. There is loads of tension and intrigue, the writer displays craftsmanship in weaving this story together.
One actress finds herself the target of a hot pursuit and to be cleaned, eradicated. A house-sitter, fixer kind of guy who has connections with FBI finds himself tangled up in the web, a cover up. They must both find a way out in this cat and mouse game because once The Accident people are called in they can only be one outcome. I wait in anticipation for his next instalment in this Hardie trilogy with Hell and Gone by Duane.


Some insightful excerpts.

‘Number of accidental vehicle crash deaths in the United States per year: 43,200.’

‘Number of vehicle stolen in Los Angeles every year: 75,000.

‘Number of accidental suffocations per year: 3,300.’

‘Number of accidental falls per year: 14,900.’

‘Percentage of murder victims killed by someone they know: 58’
“She never cared that she was going thirty miles faster than any sane driver would attempt on this road. She loved the ocean air smashing into her face, the feel of the tires beneath as they struggled to cling to the asphalt, the hum of the machine surrounding her body, the knowledge that one twitch to the left or right at the wrong moment meant her brand-new car, along with her brand-new life, would end up at the bottom of a ravine, and maybe years later people would ask: whatever happened to that cute actress who was in those funny romantic comedies a few years ago?”


Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 17 July 2011

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