I’m a huge fan of Duane Swierczynski. His novels are fun, full of twists and never follow a familiar path. Fun & Games is the first in his Charlie Hardie trilogy and although I just finished it a few days ago, I’m already chompin’ at the bit to read Hell and Gone.
Hardie makes his living as a house sitter. There’s not a lot of dough in that line of work, but as an ex-cop with baggage, it’s been a good way to spend the last couple of years. All that changes when Hardie finds a semi-famous actress hiding in the house he’s supposed to be sitting. Is she crazy or could there really be a hit team coming to kill her and everyone in the house?
If my description make s Fun & Games sound like your typical ex-cop coming to the aid of a hot but endangered woman, let me assure you that it’s not. Give Fun & Games a read and if you don’t like it I’ll buy ya a Diet Coke or a Mocha Frappe. If you do like it, you owe me nothing. Deals don’t get much better than that, amigo.
So why do I have “A Texan’s Motto” post card along with my praise for Fun and Games? Read on, friend.
In the interest of full disclosure [and the fact that I’m always happy to hear from people whose work I admire], I want it to be known that received a post card from Duane Swierczynski this summer. He sent a personalized card to all of his fans who had pre-ordered Fun & Games.
How do I know it was personalized? Well, do you think he wrote every fan of his calling them a fellow Stallone fanatic? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.
How do I know Duane Swierczynski is a Stallone fan? Well, Duane is from Philly and everybody there [or from there] loves Sly. Oh, and Mr. Swierczynski used a couple of quotes from Sly as chapter headers. Only a true fan would go THAT far.