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Languishing in self-imposed exile, Hardie has become a glorified house sitter. His latest gig comes replete with an illegally ...

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Fun and Games (Charlie Hardie Series #1)

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Overview

The first of three explosive pulp thrillers arriving back-to-back from cult crime fiction sensation and Marvel Comics scribe Duane Swierczynski.

Charlie Hardie, an ex-cop still reeling from the revenge killing of his former partner's entire family, fears one thing above all else: that he'll suffer the same fate.

Languishing in self-imposed exile, Hardie has become a glorified house sitter. His latest gig comes replete with an illegally squatting B-movie actress who rants about hit men who specialize in making deaths look like accidents. Unfortunately, it's the real deal. Hardie finds himself squared off against a small army of the most lethal men in the world: The Accident People.

It's nothing personal-the girl just happens to be the next name on their list. For Hardie, though, it's intensely personal. He's not about to let more innocent people die. Not on his watch.

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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
The premise may be absurd, but it's good enough to propel the breathless action scenes that make Swierczynski's cinematic novels so much fun to read…
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Swierczynski (Severance Package) steps on the gas early in this pulse-pounding contemporary thriller, the first of a trilogy, and doesn't let up. After second-tier movie actress Lane Madden survives multiple attempts by aggressive fellow drivers to run her off some treacherous Los Angeles roads, she has the good fortune to meet Charlie Hardie, a peripatetic house-sitter with a violent past, at the house in the Hollywood Hills where she takes refuge. Hardie, a former police consultant who's haunted by the deaths of several innocents, is skeptical of the actress's claim that she's being pursued by the Accident People, a shadowy group of killers who stage their homicides to appear as accidents. An escalating series of violent encounters builds to an unforgettable climax. Fans of the Die Hard movies will find this a literary equivalent, and the author deserves credit for making what could be an over-the-top setup oddly plausible. The sequel's appearance won't be too soon for many readers. (June)
Library Journal
Understandably devastated by the revenge killing of his partner's entire family, ex-cop Charlie Hardie hides himself away, essentially serving as a house sitter. The house comes with an actress of sorts, who seems unhinged by the idea that certain hit men can make death look accidental. Then Charlie discovers that those hit men really exist, and the actress is next on their list. The author of stuff like the X-Men spinoff Cable for Marvel Comics certainly has good thriller credentials.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444707564
  • Publisher: Mulholland
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011

Meet the Author

Duane Swierczynski is the author of several crime thrillers and also writes the X-Men spinoff CABLE for Marvel Comics and IMMORTAL IRON FIST. His latest novels include EXPIRATION DATE; LEVEL 26, cowritten with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuicker; and SEVERANCE PACKAGE, which has been optioned by Lionsgate films. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and children.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

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    There is an end to every nightmare right?

    Charlie Hardie has lived the hard life and was now drinking himself in oblivion one house sitting job at a time. He was a reliable source to stay put, water your plants, and make sure no one breaks into your house. Therefore, what a surprise for Charlie when he arrives at his latest job someone has gotten there before him who knows how to throw a microphone stand.

    The intruder turns out to be actress, Lane Madden who swears "The Accident People" are after her and if they find her, she is dead, again. They have tried to kill her already and staying out of sight was her main objective that became impossible when Charlie dropped into her life, literally. He is not sure what parts he believes and which are just good acting but the one thing he knows for sure is the actress is a very good liar and her story may add up but it is not straight up.

    Charlie finds "they" have every high power weapon, every spy trick known to every side of the game and no issues with killing anyone that blocks their objective of eliminating that seen as a problem. However, Charlie is a fighter and he is not going down without taking out as many of them as he can if only he can survive. There are multiple attacks on him and Lane, be able to crawl up the side of a canyon and convince the police that he is not a bad guy just a man with a questionable past and shaky future.

    Wow is an understatement for this book. The action starts on the first page and never stops during one single line. When you get to the last line, you know you are pre-ordering the next book and the one after that today.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    best book i ever read for 3days

    Hay fellow classmates this is my favorite book and it is my mom favorite book even my brother as a nook and he really like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Kyle

    Tackles her onto the bed, and starts mouth fu<^>ckung hr.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Jewel

    Kay how bout love res 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Lorrie

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Ashley

    Walk in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Ivie to all

    If you want s.ex of any kind even bi les or g.ay s.ex then come to utah res. 1. Be there!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Dude to madi

    Humps u

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    Posted September 15, 2013

    Taylor

    Same

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    Posted September 14, 2013

    Alexa and Savvy miss johnny and logan

    We miss u!

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    Posted August 14, 2013

    Jade

    I french kiss u digging my fingers in ur puzzy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Not my kind of book

    Its ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Alyssa?

    Cpme on

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Bri

    Jake you here

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    Posted May 26, 2013

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    Here

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    Posted April 11, 2013

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    Yes?

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    Meet Charlie Hardie, former cop, resident bada$$, coming to hous

    Meet Charlie Hardie, former cop, resident bada$$, coming to housesit in a neighborhood near you. He gets drunk and watches old movies as often as Congress runs a budget deficit, before he meets Lane Madden, a chick with more attitude and gumption and fighting ability than the top UFC contender, and gets tossed in the middle of the ring with a group of coldblooded killers. Lane’s tough, and she’s not about to take attitude from anyone, including a group of hit men and one woman who want nothing more than to see her dead.

    If I had to pick a favorite character (and this is nothing short of a difficult task), I’d have to say Mann topped the charts. She focuses on the score, and she has a body and an attitude that just won’t quit. Despite being maimed and mauled (and her thing against guns), she’s going to see her assignment through all the way to end, as long as she still has a breath or two left in her. She focuses on her script, and she sets out to direct her masterpiece, even if she has to improvise her plan multiple times.

    If FUN AND GAMES had been set anywhere other than LA, the high speed chases on narrow mountain passes, the tan, shaved woman sunbathing on her deck in the nude in broad daylight, the impalement of Charlie by a beautiful woman in a t-shirt and bikini underwear wielding a microphone stand like it’s a machete, and the house that goes up in flames faster than a hayfield after a lightning strike, the antics might have strained my believability factor, even though I have a high tolerance for suspending disbelief. But I figured this was LA and all bets are off, literally, and I thought absolutely nothing of the shenanigans, as I pushed the car close to ninety in the middle of the freeway, flipping page after high-octane page, and enjoying the ride with every smooth turn.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Alex

    Im the girl 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Skyler hey it is Cedric

    Cedric

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Kaelin

    Walks in. "Hey Elijah." She said, winking at him.

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