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Jamie DeBroux's boss has called a special meeting for all "key personnel" at 9:00 a.m. on a hot Saturday in August.

When Jamie arrives, the conference room is stocked with cookies and champagne. His boss smiles and tells his employees, "We're a cover for a branch of the intelligence community. And we're being shut down." Jamie's boss then tells everyone to drink some champagne, and in a few seconds they'll fall asleep — for good. If they refuse, they'll be shot in the head.

Escape is not an option. Jamie's boss has shut down the elevators and rigged the fire towers with chemical bombs. Panic sets in, chaos erupts, and no one is sure whom to trust. Jamie quickly realizes that there's only one way he's ever going to see his family again: the hard way.

Review:

"At the start of this violent and intense noir and espionage hybrid from Swierczynski (The Blonde), David Murphy, the CEO of a Philadelphia financial company, summons his seven staffers for an important Saturday meeting, where he informs them that the business is being shut down, and that unfortunately he has to kill them all. Every escape route from the 36th-floor office has been sealed off or rigged with lethal sarin gas. Suddenly, mousy Molly Lewis pulls out a gun and puts a slug in Murphy's head. The resulting chaos sets off a panicked scramble, as the reader gradually learns that the business is a front for a covert intelligence group called CI-6. Thousands of miles away in Scotland, two men monitor 'Molly Lewis,' who's actually a highly trained Polish operative named Ania Kuczun, as she performs her own private audition, which involves the systematic elimination of her co-workers using a truly imaginative array of methods. This action fest moves swiftly to its darkly satisfying conclusion." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

Molly wakes early on a Saturday morning and steps into the shower. Her husband, Paul, stumbles downstairs, opens the fridge and spots a Tupperware bowl with a note attached: "FOR LUNCH ONLY!!! LOVE, MOLLY." He is thrilled to find that the bowl contains his favorite potato salad, and he decides that one bite for breakfast can do no harm. Within seconds, Paul is helpless on the kitchen floor, unable... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[T]here are both enough cliché killers and comedy to make us raise two thumbs up. If you want your thrillers to be, well, thrilling, pop a big bowl of corn — you won't leave your seat until the end." Booklist

Review:

"[O]ne of the most outrageously original spy thrillers I can remember....There's nothing conventional about this novel...and it places the author up there with Charlie Huston among the most interesting of the younger crime writers." Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"[C]haracterization isn't the point of this turbocharged entertainment. Action is — via macabre bursts of violence dished out with extreme cruelty and astonishing cleverness." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"The best word to describe Swierczynski's latest thriller is frenetic, and even that is likely an understatement....[T]he graphic content is plentiful, mixed with an equal dose of black humor to lighten the tone." Library Journal

Synopsis:

In this new thriller from the acclaimed author of The Blonde, Jamie DeBroux's boss has called a special meeting to reveal to the employees that their company has been a cover for a branch of the intelligence community. Now it is being shut down, and all of the employees must die.

Synopsis:

Newlyweds Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves set out toward Turkey for an exotic honeymoon. But on their first night in the city, a harem girl is found murdered in the courtyard of the Sultan's lavish Topkapi Palace.

Synopsis:

Jamie DeBrouxs boss has called a special meeting for all “key personnel” at 9:00 a.m. on a hot Saturday in August.

When Jamie arrives, the conference room is stocked with cookies and champagne. His boss smiles and tells his employees, “Were a cover for a branch of the intelligence community. And were being shut down.” Jamies boss then tells everyone to drink some champagne, and in a few seconds theyll fall asleep---for good. If they refuse, theyll be shot in the head.

Escape is not an option. Jamies boss has shut down the elevators and rigged the fire towers with chemical bombs. Panic sets in, chaos erupts, and no one is sure whom to trust. Jamie quickly realizes that theres only one way hes ever going to see his family again: the hard way.

Synopsis:

In midtown Manhattan, Mike Hammer, recovering from a near-fatal mix-up with the Mob, runs into drug dealers assaulting a young hospital messenger. He saves the kid, but the muggers are not so lucky. Hammer considers the rescue a one-off, but someone has different ideas, as indicated by a street-corner knife attack.With himself for a client, Hammerwith his beautiful, deadly partner Veldatake on the narcotics racket in New York just as the streets have dried up and rumors run rampant of a massive heroin shipment due any day. In a New York of flashy discotheques, swanky bachelor pads, and the occasional dark alley, Hammer confronts doctors and drug addicts, hippie chicks and hit men, meeting the changing times with his timeless brand of violent vengeance. Originally begun and outlined by Spillane in the mid-Sixties, and expertly completed by his longtime collaborator Max Allan Collins, The Big Bang is vintage Mike Hammer on acid . . . literally.

About the Author

Duane Swierczynski is the author of The Blonde and the writer for the monthly Marvel Comics series Cable. Until recently he was the editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia City Paper, and almost never wanted to kill his employees. Visit him at www.duaneswierczynski.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312343804
Author:
Swierczynski, Duane
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Illustrator:
Calero, Dennis
Author:
Collins, Max Allan
Author:
Spillane, Mickey
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Supervisors
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
noir
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.31 in

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Product details 288 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312343804 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the start of this violent and intense noir and espionage hybrid from Swierczynski (The Blonde), David Murphy, the CEO of a Philadelphia financial company, summons his seven staffers for an important Saturday meeting, where he informs them that the business is being shut down, and that unfortunately he has to kill them all. Every escape route from the 36th-floor office has been sealed off or rigged with lethal sarin gas. Suddenly, mousy Molly Lewis pulls out a gun and puts a slug in Murphy's head. The resulting chaos sets off a panicked scramble, as the reader gradually learns that the business is a front for a covert intelligence group called CI-6. Thousands of miles away in Scotland, two men monitor 'Molly Lewis,' who's actually a highly trained Polish operative named Ania Kuczun, as she performs her own private audition, which involves the systematic elimination of her co-workers using a truly imaginative array of methods. This action fest moves swiftly to its darkly satisfying conclusion." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[T]here are both enough cliché killers and comedy to make us raise two thumbs up. If you want your thrillers to be, well, thrilling, pop a big bowl of corn — you won't leave your seat until the end."
"Review" by , "[O]ne of the most outrageously original spy thrillers I can remember....There's nothing conventional about this novel...and it places the author up there with Charlie Huston among the most interesting of the younger crime writers."
"Review" by , "[C]haracterization isn't the point of this turbocharged entertainment. Action is — via macabre bursts of violence dished out with extreme cruelty and astonishing cleverness."
"Review" by , "The best word to describe Swierczynski's latest thriller is frenetic, and even that is likely an understatement....[T]he graphic content is plentiful, mixed with an equal dose of black humor to lighten the tone."
"Synopsis" by , In this new thriller from the acclaimed author of The Blonde, Jamie DeBroux's boss has called a special meeting to reveal to the employees that their company has been a cover for a branch of the intelligence community. Now it is being shut down, and all of the employees must die.
"Synopsis" by , Newlyweds Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves set out toward Turkey for an exotic honeymoon. But on their first night in the city, a harem girl is found murdered in the courtyard of the Sultan's lavish Topkapi Palace.
"Synopsis" by ,

Jamie DeBrouxs boss has called a special meeting for all “key personnel” at 9:00 a.m. on a hot Saturday in August.

When Jamie arrives, the conference room is stocked with cookies and champagne. His boss smiles and tells his employees, “Were a cover for a branch of the intelligence community. And were being shut down.” Jamies boss then tells everyone to drink some champagne, and in a few seconds theyll fall asleep---for good. If they refuse, theyll be shot in the head.

Escape is not an option. Jamies boss has shut down the elevators and rigged the fire towers with chemical bombs. Panic sets in, chaos erupts, and no one is sure whom to trust. Jamie quickly realizes that theres only one way hes ever going to see his family again: the hard way.

"Synopsis" by ,
In midtown Manhattan, Mike Hammer, recovering from a near-fatal mix-up with the Mob, runs into drug dealers assaulting a young hospital messenger. He saves the kid, but the muggers are not so lucky. Hammer considers the rescue a one-off, but someone has different ideas, as indicated by a street-corner knife attack.With himself for a client, Hammerwith his beautiful, deadly partner Veldatake on the narcotics racket in New York just as the streets have dried up and rumors run rampant of a massive heroin shipment due any day. In a New York of flashy discotheques, swanky bachelor pads, and the occasional dark alley, Hammer confronts doctors and drug addicts, hippie chicks and hit men, meeting the changing times with his timeless brand of violent vengeance. Originally begun and outlined by Spillane in the mid-Sixties, and expertly completed by his longtime collaborator Max Allan Collins, The Big Bang is vintage Mike Hammer on acid . . . literally.
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