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Duane Swierczynski

Autor(a) de The Blonde

197+ Works 4,652 Membros 275 Reviews

About the Author

Duane Swierczynski teaches journalism at LaSalle University and has worked as an editor and writer at Philadelphia, Men's Health, and Details magazines. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the author of This Here's a Stick-Up: The Big Book of American Bank Robbery and The Complete mostrar mais Idiot's Guide to Frauds, Scams, and Cons mostrar menos
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Séries

Obras de Duane Swierczynski

The Blonde (2006) 305 cópias, 21 resenhas
Severance Package (2008) 299 cópias, 36 resenhas
The Wheelman (2005) 289 cópias, 18 resenhas
Fun and Games (2011) 281 cópias, 33 resenhas
Murder in Paradise (2018) 258 cópias, 4 resenhas
Lion & Lamb (2023) 181 cópias, 1 resenha
Expiration Date (2012) 175 cópias, 33 resenhas
Hell and Gone (2011) 169 cópias, 20 resenhas
The Crimes of Dr. Watson: An Interactive Sherlock Holmes Mystery (2007) — Autor — 160 cópias, 5 resenhas
Canary (2015) 144 cópias, 9 resenhas
The House Husband (Bookshots) (2017) 142 cópias, 4 resenhas
Birds of Prey Volume 1: Trouble in Mind (2012) 133 cópias, 12 resenhas
Point and Shoot (2013) 107 cópias, 6 resenhas
Revolver (2016) 87 cópias, 5 resenhas
Bloodshot Volume 1: Setting The World On Fire (2013) 67 cópias, 2 resenhas
Birds of Prey Volume 2: Your Kiss Might Kill (2013) 67 cópias, 7 resenhas
Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir (2006) — Editor & Contributor — 64 cópias, 4 resenhas
Unbelievably Boring Bart (2018) 64 cópias
Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War (2010) 60 cópias, 8 resenhas
Secret Dead Men (2005) 59 cópias, 5 resenhas
Birds of Prey Volume 3: A Clash of Daggers (2014) — Autor — 56 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Shut-In (2017) 55 cópias, 1 resenha
Cable, Vol. 1: Messiah War (2008) 53 cópias, 2 resenhas
Harbinger Wars (2013) — Autor — 45 cópias, 1 resenha
Bloodshot Volume 2: The Rise and the Fall (2013) 43 cópias, 2 resenhas
Judge Dredd (2012), Volume 1 (2013) 39 cópias
California Bear: A Novel (2024) 36 cópias, 2 resenhas
Black Widow: Kiss or Kill (2011) 35 cópias, 3 resenhas
Cable, Vol. 3: Stranded (2010) 34 cópias, 2 resenhas
Bloodshot Volume 3: Harbinger Wars (2013) 33 cópias, 2 resenhas
Deadpool vs. X-Force (2014) — Autor — 32 cópias, 1 resenha
Immortal Weapons (2010) 31 cópias
Cable, Vol. 4: Homecoming (2010) 28 cópias, 1 resenha
Deadpool Minibus 2 (2016) 24 cópias
Stingrays [novella] (2017) 23 cópias, 2 resenhas
Godzilla, Volume 1 (2012) 22 cópias, 4 resenhas
Judge Dredd (2012), Volume 2 (2013) 21 cópias
Star Wars: Rogue One - Cassian & K2SO (2017) 21 cópias, 2 resenhas
Judge Dredd Volume 5 (2014) 16 cópias
Judge Dredd (2012), Volume 3 (2014) 15 cópias
Breakneck (2019) 13 cópias
Judge Dredd Volume 4 (2014) 13 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #2 (2011) 13 cópias
Judge Dredd Volume 6 (2015) 12 cópias
Judge Dredd Volume 7 (2015) 11 cópias
X Volume 1: Big Bad (2014) 11 cópias
Punisher Max Volume 6 (2011) 11 cópias
Godzilla, Volume 3 (2013) 10 cópias
Ex-Con Vol. 1: Fading Lights (2015) — Autor — 10 cópias, 1 resenha
Godzilla, Volume 2 (2013) 9 cópias
Judge Dredd: City Limits (2014) 8 cópias
X-Men Origins: Deadpool (2010) 7 cópias
Ex-Con #1 (2014) 7 cópias
The Black Hood, Vol. 2 (2018) 7 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #1 (2011) 7 cópias
X Volume 2: The Dogs of War (2014) 6 cópias
Black Widow (2010) #6 (2010) 5 cópias
Black Widow #8 (2010) 5 cópias
X Volume 3: Siege (2014) 5 cópias
X #0 (2015) 5 cópias
The Black Hood, Vol. 3 (2018) 5 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #4 (2011) 4 cópias
Infestation 2 Volume 1 (2012) 4 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #3 (2011) 4 cópias
Black Widow (2010) #7 (2010) 4 cópias
Redhead (2020) 4 cópias
X #1 (2013) 3 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #0 (2012) 3 cópias
X Volume 5 Flesh and Blood (2015) 3 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #6 (2012) 3 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #5 (2012) 3 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #9 (2012) 3 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #7 (2012) 3 cópias
Date limite (2014) 3 cópias
Las Minis de Masacre #5 (1900) 2 cópias, 1 resenha
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #8 (2011) 2 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #17 (2013) 2 cópias
X #2 Comic Book (2013) 2 cópias
Breakneck #1 (2018) 2 cópias, 1 resenha
Mort à tous les étages (2015) 2 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #12 (2012) 2 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #11 (2012) 2 cópias
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #13 (2012) 2 cópias
Bloodshot #1 (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
Breakneck Vol. 1 1 exemplar(es)
Bloodshot 2 - Yukselis ve Dusus (2015) 1 exemplar(es)
Direksiyon Adam (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
Judge Dredd #6 1 exemplar(es)
Bloodshot 1 - Dunyayi Atese Bogmak (2015) 1 exemplar(es)
Dark Prophecy (Level 26, #2) 1 exemplar(es), 1 resenha
Marvel Terror 1 1 exemplar(es)
Hell Of An Affair 1 exemplar(es)
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #10 (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
Bloodshot 4 1 exemplar(es)
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #16 (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Infestation 2: Ashcan (2011) — Autor — 1 exemplar(es)
Catch and Kill 1 exemplar(es)
Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War #2 (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
Immortal Weapons #1 1 exemplar(es)
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #15 (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
Judge Dredd #1 (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
The Black Hood #1 (2015) 1 exemplar(es)
Bloodshot 50 Project (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
X #4 (2015) 1 exemplar(es)
Breakneck #4 (2019) 1 exemplar(es)
Cable (2008-2010) #3 (2008) 1 exemplar(es)
Cable (2008-2010) #15 (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
Cable (2008-2010) #14 (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
Cable (2008-2010) #13 (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #14 (2012) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Level 26: Dark Origins (2009) — Autor — 527 cópias, 28 resenhas
Gotham DPGC, Vol. 2: Alvos Fáceis (2009) — Introdução — 236 cópias, 11 resenhas
Level 26: Dark Prophecy (2010) 158 cópias, 1 resenha
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five (2013) — Contribuinte — 123 cópias, 2 resenhas
21st Century Dead (2012) — Contribuinte — 120 cópias, 19 resenhas
L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories (2011) — Contribuinte — 116 cópias, 8 resenhas
Dublin Noir : The Celtic Tiger vs. The Ugly American (2003) — Contribuinte — 92 cópias, 3 resenhas
For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon (2018) — Contribuinte — 89 cópias, 6 resenhas
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [comic adaptation] (2017) — Contribuinte — 84 cópias, 2 resenhas
Mister October: An Anthology in Memory of Rick Hautala (Volume 1) (2013) — Contribuinte — 76 cópias, 32 resenhas
Tumor (2010) — Introdução, algumas edições56 cópias, 2 resenhas
Philadelphia Noir (2010) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias
The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 (2019) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias, 3 resenhas
Speculative Los Angeles (2021) — Contribuinte — 41 cópias, 14 resenhas
DC Comics: The New 52 (2011) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias, 2 resenhas
Mister October: An Anthology in Memory of Rick Hautala (Volumes 1 and 2) (2013) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias, 14 resenhas
Gauntlet: Media Manipulation, No 4 (1993) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Strange Adventures (2014) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Swierczynski, Duane Louis
Data de nascimento
1972-02-22
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Locais de residência
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Ocupação
journalist
author
Organizações
Philadelphia City Paper
Details
Men's Health

Membros

Resenhas

I didn't know what to make of 'California Bear' at first. I was a little dazed by how bizarre it was. The tone was somewhere between Don Winslow and early Carl Hiaasen. The story, told from the point of view of four characters, each of whom was going through a major change in their lives and none of whom are at the centre of the personality bell curve, was intriguing and original. I could see that the intent was to satirise the True Crime industry. There was definitely crime but very little interest in truth.

We followed an ex-cop who got a killer's conviction overturned on a technicality so that he could get a cut of the compensation payout, we have the California Bear, a 'retired' serial killer who was never caught but who, in his old age, wants to be given credit for his 'work' and we have a Hollywood documentary producer who wants to make a big sale to the streaming companies but who says all the right words about justice and truth and respecting the victims.

Moslty, I liked the dark humour but I was uncomfortable with being in the Bear's head. He wasn't one of Hiaassen's larger-than-life- but-not-as-nasty-as-they-seem villains. He was a sadistic misogynist who still hungered for the rush of the kill. That didn't seem very funny to me.

I kept reading the book because I wanted to hear more from The Girl Detective. She's the tween daughter of the man whose murder conviction has just been overturned. She's smart, organised and passionate about doing the research to find out the truth about the murder her father was jailed for. She's also in hospital undergoing chemotherapy for an aggressive form of leukaemia that is likely to kill her. She lifted the book for me. She was brave, bright and had a dry sense of humour.

Then the tone of the book changed. It became less of a satire and more of a love-letter to the bravery of The Girl Detective. The California Bear transformed in interesting and unexpected ways. The women in the story came to the fore and started to subvert the agendas of the men around them. The Girl Detective started to put together what had happened and what was going to happen and did what she could to bring order to the chaos.

I was able to settle into the humour then. I had no idea where the story was going but I was happy to be along for the ride. I liked the fast pace of the story, the convoluted twists in the plot that linked everyone together in unpredictable ways and the unabashed confidence of the larger-than-life characters.

I was sad to get to the end of the book because I started to like some of the characters by then. The ending was neat and tidy and perhaps just a little to happily-ever-after but it was done with style and heart and it made me smile.

I recommend the audiobook version of 'California Bear'. It's done with multiple narrators and delivered with energy. I also recommend listening to the author's afterword where he explains how his own daughter's illness affected the novel.
… (mais)
 
Marcado
MikeFinnFiction | 1 outra resenha | May 7, 2024 |
My rating is divided into two parts:

A. Design
The design of the book with the real clues is simply beautiful. It could hardly be better for a book (which should also remain affordable).
The designer and the printing company have done a very good job and it is simply a pleasure to hold it in your hand.

B. Riddle to guess along
Well - with a bit of good will you can figure something out, but not screaming.

Here are my SPOILERS that will lead you to the result.
1. the clues in the first half of the book are the important ones.
2. forget the two clues in the book. They are not important.
3. important are: Theater ticket, train ticket, postcard
4. what is the play about - it is in the newspaper, you can also find it out in a theater encyclopedia or on the Internet.
5 Which woman really appears as a character in the book?
6. well - it must have been her...
7. now you can gather together from the clues what points to this woman.

I could now write a rant about the fact that no real evidence of any kind has been shown here. "Judge, I'm innocent because I have this ticket to a play about an unhappy wife."

You can read this book for the shear joy of looking at the clues, but don't expect a logical mystery with clues that stand up in court.

My recommendation instead: Murder off Miami
… (mais)
½
 
Marcado
volumed42 | outras 4 resenhas | Feb 9, 2024 |
Good twist & turns, maybe tongue in cheek at times
 
Marcado
jimifenway | 1 outra resenha | Feb 3, 2024 |
Second collection finalizes the story-line from vol 1. After defeating the attackers from both inside and outside of Ku'n-Lun Iron Fist leads the Heavenly Cities Immortal Weapons to Earth to find out about the mysterious 8th City.

Book is full of fights, exotic locales and mystical kung fu powers and remains loyal to its pulp novel roots. For all means and purposes this is good ol' action adventure that does not try much to flesh out the characters but to take reader for one truly interesting ride.

Art is more diverse than in first volume and (for me) it oscillates between awesome work (Danny Rand's return to K'un-Lun) to extremely simplistic (Lei Kung showing the secret army to Danny). Overall not bad but for me art in first volume was much better.

If you like pulp fiction novels like Mask, Phantom and likes give this one a chance. I am sure you will enjoy it.
… (mais)
 
Marcado
Zare | Jan 23, 2024 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
197
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Membros
4,652
Popularidade
#5,426
Avaliação
½ 3.6
Resenhas
275
ISBNs
334
Idiomas
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