Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Wheel Man

Hit a booksigning at Mysteries To Die For in Thousand Oaks for Duane Swierczynski's book, The Wheel Man. Okay, so it's not set in L.A., but this is just too goddamn good a book not to talk about.

The Wheel Man is Patrick Lennon, a mute Irish getaway driver, who plans the exit for a Philadelphia bank robbery, executes it flawlessly, only to have the car rammed by a van driven by the Russian mob. He comes to as he's being stuffed down a pipe at a construction site and it just goes to shit from there. Everything that can possibly go wrong does and then some. Every time you think it's been turned up to 11, Swierczynski cranks it another notch.

It starts off fast and just keeps going. Booklist describes it as "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in an R-rated amusement park". This is the funniest, most horrifically violent book I've read in years. Jesus Christ, this book is harsh. Well written, fast paced. Damn near impossible to put down.

1 comment:

Aldo said...

Very nice to meet you at Mysteries To Die For on Saturday.

The book is great. I can't wait for his next one, THE BLONDE in '06.