by Duane Swierczynski


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Three generations torn apart—by bullets fired fifty years ago.

Philadelphia, 1965: Two street cops—one black, one white—are gunned down in a corner bar. One of the fallen officers, Stan Walczak, leaves behind a 12-year-old boy, Jimmy.

Philadelphia, 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns that his father's alleged killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, has been sprung from prison. Jim stalks the ex-con, hoping to finally learn the truth.

Philadelphia, 2015: Jim's daughter Audrey, a forensic science student, re-opens her grandfather's murder for a research paper. But as Audrey digs deeper, she comes to realize that Stanton probably didn't pull the trigger—and her father may have made a horrible mistake...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316403238
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/19/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,209,816
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Duane Swierczynski is the Edgar-nominated author of nine novels including Canary, Severance Package, and the Shamus Award-winning Charlie Hardie series (Fun and Games, Hell and Gone, Point and Shoot). He's written over 250 comics for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Valiant and IDW, and most recently wrote The Black Hood, the first comic for Archie's new Dark Circle imprint. Swierczynski has also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on the bestselling Level 26 series. He lives in Burbank with his wife and children.

Table of Contents


Stan Walczak (May 7, 1965) 3

Jim Walczak (May 7, 1995) 10

Audrey Kornbluth (May 7, 2015) 19


Stan Meets George (August 28-30, 1964) 33

Jim Catches a Case (November 2, 1995) 53

Audrey Saves Her Ass (May 8, 2015) 74


Stan Punches (September-October 1964) 88

Jim Investigates (November 3, 1995) 102

Audrey Pries (May 9, 2015) 111


Stan Goes to Church (November 4, 1964) 122

Jim Kicks In a Door (November 3, 1995) 127

Audrey Knocks Back a Beer (May 9, 2015) 139


Stan and the Plan (November 4, 1964) 147

Jim and His Vow (November 4, 1995) 154

Audrey and the Old Bastard (May 10, 2015) 160


Happy New Year, Stan (January 1, 1965) 171

Listen to Her, Jim (November 4, 2995) 171

Go Home, Audrey (May 10, 2015) 190


Stubborn Stan (February 6, 1965) 198

Sorry Jim (November 5, 1995) 203

Lost Audrey (May 10, 2015) 211


Stan Sits and Freezes (March 10, 1965) 222

Jim Treads Lightly (November 5, 1995) 228

Audrey Goes to Church (May 14, 2015) 232


Stan and Sonny (March 30, 1965) 238

Jim and John (November 5, 1995) 244

Audrey and Barry (May 14, 2015) 248


Dupek (April r. 1965) 253

Orphan with a Gun (November 5, 1995) 259

Baby Blue (May 14, 2015) 263


Walk the Line (May 1, 1965) 268

Choke Down the Rage (November 6, 1995) 272

Fight the Future (May 15, 2015) 275


Shots Fired (May 7, 1965) 280

Another Shot (November 1, 1995-Election Day) 289

The Final Shots (May 15, 2015) 293


Stan (May 7, 1965) 296

Jim (November 7, 1995) 298

Audrey (May 16, 2015) 299


Stanislaw 302

Captain James Walczak (Ret.) 307

Audrey Walczak 311

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Revolver 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
The Walczak family has been in law enforcement for at least 50 years. In this book, the author starts with Stan Walczak. He and his partner, George Wildey, are shot to death in a corner bar while waiting for someone who has information for them. The killer has never been caught. 30 years later, Homicide Detective Jim Walczak receives news that Terrill Lee Stanton, the man he has always been sure killed his father, has been in prison for unrelated crimes. He is now free and back home in Philadelphia. Jim finally wants the truth about what happened when his father was killed ... stalking Stanton might give him those answers. 20 years later, Jim's daughter, Audrey, a student of forensic science, re-opens the cold cold case of her grandfather's death. As she investigates and digs in deep, she comes to the conclusion that Stanton might not have been the killer. This book was something a little different than one would expect reading a crime thriller. Covering three separate and distinct plots within the same family, show the family investigating a heroin ring, the rape and murder of a young journalist, and daughter Audrey, taking on a cold case as an assignment for her degree. The book goes from present to the past and back again. The reader is treated to the author's obvious attention to details, starting with how Walczak and Wildey first met and became police partners. The families keep bumping into each other for many years. This was almost like 3 different stories. The author has does a fantastic job in melding this saga into a highly suspenseful story with lots of twists and turns. Many thanks to the author / Mulholland Books / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this highly entertaining book. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.