Hell & Gone-Duane Swierczynski

Hell & Gone

Duane Swierczynski

Mulholland/Little Brown, Oct 31 2011, $14.99

ISBN: 9780316133296

 

In fifteen minutes former cop Charlie Hardie was drowned, shot in the arm and head and almost shot in the face.  Others were also shot.  The police handcuff Charlie to Mann the undercover female assassin as if he is a killer before an ambulance takes him away.  He is further confused when the driver and the EMT do not sound like medical staff.

 

Charlie is unaware that there is a media-frenzy over a police manhunt for him as an accused murderer on the lam.  Instead he is locked away at a top security prison though he knows why as his memory returns.  He discovered an organization that makes the excremental disasters left behind by the ultra rich vanish.  Somewhat in denial with what he knows his true, Charlie realizes the Prisonmaster Voice considers guards as the same as inmates.  Told he is the warden, he knows he needs outside help to escape, but is unsure whether anyone even his best friend FBI Agent Deke Clark still searches for him as time has no meaning for those in permanent lockup.  Deke has issues from those observing his efforts.

 

The second Hardie thriller (see Fun and Games) is a gripping tale even before the beleaguered hero is put through a wringer as the story of college student Julie Lippman opens the exciting novel.  With no stop action and a sort of twisted nod to the 1960s TV show The prisoner, readers will enjoy Hardie’s troubles while wondering what is going on and what happens next.

 

Harriet Klausner

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