Expiration Date

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Overview

In this neighborhood, make a wrong turn…

… and you’re history.

Mickey Wade is a recently-unemployed journalist who lucked into a rent-free apartment—his sick grandfather’s place. The only problem: it’s in a lousy neighborhood—the one where Mickey grew up, in fact. The one he was so desperate to escape.

But now he’s back. Dead broke. And just when he thinks he’s reached rock ...

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Overview

In this neighborhood, make a wrong turn…

… and you’re history.

Mickey Wade is a recently-unemployed journalist who lucked into a rent-free apartment—his sick grandfather’s place. The only problem: it’s in a lousy neighborhood—the one where Mickey grew up, in fact. The one he was so desperate to escape.

But now he’s back. Dead broke. And just when he thinks he’s reached rock bottom, Mickey wakes up in the past. Literally.

At first he thinks it’s a dream. All of the stores he remembered from his childhood, the cars, the rumble of the elevated train. But as he digs deeper into the past, searching for answers about the grandfather he hardly knows, Mickey meets the twelve-year-old kid who lives in the apartment below.

The kid who will grow up to someday murder Mickey’s father.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Duane Swierczynski continues to carve out his own unique literary presence in a fascinating fusion of mystery, suspense, and sophisticated dark fantasy fiction. Expiration Date is a skillful, fast-paced, rock'em, jolt'em, spook'em, leave-em-laughin' story with believable characters and a pedal to the floor narrative drive. Top of the line entertainment."--Tom Piccirilli, author of Shadow Season

“Duane Swierczynski is one of the best thriller writers in America, and probably my favorite. I blazed through Expiration Date in one sitting and I loved it.” -- James Frey, New York Times bestselling author of Bright Shiny Morning and A Million Little Pieces

Praise for Severance Package:

"[A] kinetic story, which never stops moving...turbocharged entertainment." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

"Swierczynski writes a brand of thriller whose pacing forces us to reexamine our casual use of the word breakneck...This is essentially one long action scene that begs for the next Tarantino to direct. But if that sounds like faint praise, it isn't: there 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

"The best word to describe Swierczynski's latest thriller is frenetic, and even that is likely an understatement." --Library Journal

"Fans of crime fiction will find Swierczynski's latest offering to be a guilty pleasure of unparalleled magnitude. With pedal-to-the-metal pacing, characters who appear to be meek cubicle dwellers a la 'Office Space' but are really cold-blooded, black-ops killers, and enough gut-churning violence to make a Quentin Tarantino movie look like a Disney musical replete with singing candlesticks and teapots, the dark, twisted energy in this novel is palpable." --The Chicago Tribune
“A hot shot of adrenaline straight to the neural plexus.” –Joe Schreiber, author of Chasing the Dead and Eat the Dark

Publishers Weekly
In this workmanlike time travel thriller from Swierczynski (Severance Package), 37-year-old Mickey Wade, a struggling journalist who’s lost his job with an alt-weekly newspaper, the Philadelphia City News, accepts his mother’s suggestion to move into his grandfather’s apartment in the city’s seedy Frankford neighborhood. After popping some long-expired Tylenols for a hangover, Wade is transported back to February 22, 1972, the day he was born. Wade’s time-traveling self proves vulnerable to light, as shown by his losing two fingers. On returning to the present, Wade finds those fingers restored but without feeling. Subsequent deliberate trips into the past give Wade some background on the great trauma of his life, the apparently motiveless stabbing murder of his father, a musician known as the Human Jukebox. Predictable complications follow from Wade’s efforts to prevent the killing. This one will appeal mainly to Swierczynski fans. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312363406
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,145,168
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI is the author of The Wheelman, The Blonde, and Severance Package and writes for Marvel Comics. He lives in Philadelphia.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    A lot like the movie Frequency, but not as good

    I usually really like the adrenaline writing style of Duane S and this one disapppointed me a little. It is still a very quick read and not a bad way to spend the afternoon, but it just never really connects all the way.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Time Traveling Crime Thriller

    A Duane Swierczynski novel will grab you by the throat at the first sentence, and by the time you finish the last sentence you are begging it not to let go! Expiration Date is no exception. The plot centers around unemployed journalist Mickey Wade who is forced to move into his sick grandfather's rent-free apartment in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. There Mickey discovers a bottle of pills that transport him back to February 22, 1972, the day he was born. Through his ability to time travel Mickey learns connections between his grandfather, his father's murder, and unsolved serial killings in Philadelphia. Mickey's journalistic instincts drive him forward to discover buried family secrets while the past and present meld together. The pace of the novel is fast and the writing is terrific. Fans of crime fiction, sci-fi, pulp and noir will all find something in this story. I highly recommend Expiration Date as a novel not to be missed!

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    This is an entertaining complicated time travel tale

    Thirty-seven year old reporter Mickey Wade recently lost his position at the Philadelphia City News. Broke and heeding his mom's advice, he moves into the apartment of his ailing grandfather to reduce his costs and to help care for his elderly relative. The Frankford neighborhood is nasty; worse than when he was a child living there and looking forward to escaping from the place. This is where his dad the musician "the Human Jukebox" was murdered.

    As Mickey goes to bed with a hangover, he uses expired Tylenol to ease the headache. When he wakes up he finds himself in the neighborhood he knew over two decades ago and is especially shaken when he hears the El passing overhead. Even more shocking is to learn he is breathing on his birth date February 22 1972. He soon learns he can change things when he loses two fingers and, however upon returning to 2009, the fingers are back but useless. He begins to go back to learn more about the man who killed his father; who as a boy lived below his family.

    This is an entertaining complicated time travel tale although the premise of going back to change the past even to prevent a murder has been done with plenty of frequency. Still the story line is fun to follow with a few delightful twists including a stunner and the hero is terrific as he meets the "rest of the family" and his dad's killer when the murderer was a tweener. Expiration Date is a fine sub-genre entry, but remembers to throw away those expired pills.

    Harriet Klausner

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