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If Raymond Chandler ever wrote an episode of The Twilight Zone, it could very well have been the plot of Duane Swierczynski's The Blonde!
The Blonde is a caustic crime fiction parable with a premise that is as wild as it is weird: A married man flirting with a beautiful blonde in a Philadelphia airport bar gets the shock of his life when she casually informs him that she has poisoned his drink and he has mere hours to live before suffering a horrifically painful death. To survive, all he has to do is take her back to his hotel room. The man (Chicago reporter Jack Eisley) senses a major scam in the works and leaves the airport alone. But after agonizing through a few bouts of hellacious vomiting, Eisley realizes that he must track down the blonde and somehow persuade her to hand over the antidote. When he eventually does locate the would-be murderess, she tells him a story that would make Rod Serling proud; infected with a nano-mechanical tracking device that will kill her if she is alone for more than ten seconds -- and pursued by a sadistic boss known only as the Operator and a professional assassin with a penchant for decapitation working for the Department of Homeland Security -- the blonde fugitive has been desperately trying to stay alive, while spreading her contagion all across America.
Like Swierczynski's previous works (Secret Dead Men and The Wheelman), this is a frenzied, surreal, gore-splattered exploration into the dark side of humanity's psyche -- from our self-absorbed dreams to our twisted obsessions and addictions. The Blonde is wild, fast, and breathtakingly bodacious -- an absolute bombshell of a read. Paul Goat Allen