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Duane Swierczynski

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Duane Swierczynski teaches journalism at LaSalle University and has worked as an editor and writer at Philadelphia, Men's Health, and Details magazines. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the author of This Here's a Stick-Up: The Big Book of American Bank Robbery and The Complete näytä lisää Idiot's Guide to Frauds, Scams, and Cons näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Vaaleaverikkö (2006) 306 kappaletta
Severance Package (2008) 298 kappaletta
Keikkakuski (2005) 288 kappaletta
Fun and Games (2011) 281 kappaletta
Murder in Paradise (2018) 254 kappaletta
Lion & Lamb (2023) 173 kappaletta
Expiration Date (2012) 173 kappaletta
Hell and Gone (2011) 169 kappaletta
Canary (2015) 144 kappaletta
The House Husband (Bookshots) (2017) 142 kappaletta
Point and Shoot (2013) 107 kappaletta
Revolver (2016) 89 kappaletta
Unbelievably Boring Bart (2018) 66 kappaletta
Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir (2006) — Editor & Contributor — 64 kappaletta
Secret Dead Men (2005) 59 kappaletta
Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War (2010) 59 kappaletta
The Shut-In (2017) 55 kappaletta
Birds of Prey Volume 3: A Clash of Daggers (2014) — Tekijä — 55 kappaletta
Cable, Vol. 1: Messiah War (2008) 53 kappaletta
Harbinger Wars (2013) — Tekijä — 45 kappaletta
Judge Dredd (2012), Volume 1 (2013) 39 kappaletta
California Bear: A Novel (2024) 36 kappaletta
Black Widow: Kiss or Kill (2011) 35 kappaletta
Deadpool vs. X-Force (2014) — Tekijä — 33 kappaletta
Cable, Vol. 3: Stranded (2010) 32 kappaletta
Immortal Weapons (2010) 31 kappaletta
Cable, Vol. 4: Homecoming (2010) 27 kappaletta
Deadpool Minibus 2 (2016) 24 kappaletta
Stingrays [novella] (2017) 23 kappaletta
Godzilla, Volume 1 (2012) 21 kappaletta
Judge Dredd (2012), Volume 2 (2013) 21 kappaletta
Judge Dredd Volume 5 (2014) 16 kappaletta
Judge Dredd (2012), Volume 3 (2014) 15 kappaletta
Judge Dredd Volume 4 (2014) 13 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #2 (2011) 13 kappaletta
Breakneck (2019) 12 kappaletta
Judge Dredd Volume 6 (2015) 12 kappaletta
Judge Dredd Volume 7 (2015) 11 kappaletta
X Volume 1: Big Bad (2014) 11 kappaletta
Punisher Max Volume 6 (2011) 11 kappaletta
Godzilla, Volume 3 (2013) 9 kappaletta
Ex-Con Vol. 1: Fading Lights (2015) — Tekijä — 9 kappaletta
Judge Dredd: City Limits (2014) 8 kappaletta
Godzilla, Volume 2 (2013) 8 kappaletta
Bloodshot Definitive Edition (2019) 8 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #1 (2011) 7 kappaletta
X-Men Origins: Deadpool (2010) 7 kappaletta
Ex-Con #1 (2014) 7 kappaletta
The Black Hood, Vol. 2 (2018) 7 kappaletta
Heroes Reborn: Collection Two (2016) 6 kappaletta
X Volume 2: The Dogs of War (2014) 6 kappaletta
X Volume 3: Siege (2014) 5 kappaletta
X #0 (2015) 5 kappaletta
Black Widow #8 (2010) 5 kappaletta
The Black Hood, Vol. 3 (2018) 5 kappaletta
Black Widow (2010) #6 (2010) 5 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #3 (2011) 4 kappaletta
Black Widow (2010) #7 (2010) 4 kappaletta
Infestation 2 Volume 1 (2012) 4 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #4 (2011) 4 kappaletta
Redhead (2020) 4 kappaletta
X Volume 5 Flesh and Blood (2015) 3 kappaletta
X #1 (2013) 3 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #0 (2012) 3 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #6 (2012) 3 kappaletta
Date limite (2014) 3 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #9 (2012) 3 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #7 (2012) 3 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #5 (2012) 3 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #12 (2012) 2 kappaletta
Mort à tous les étages (2015) 2 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #13 (2012) 2 kappaletta
Breakneck #1 (2018) 2 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #11 (2012) 2 kappaletta
X #2 Comic Book (2013) 2 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #17 (2013) 2 kappaletta
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #8 (2011) 2 kappaletta
Las Minis de Masacre #5 (1900) 2 kappaletta
Immortal Weapons #5 2 kappaletta
Immortal Weapons #4 2 kappaletta
Immortal Weapons #3 2 kappaletta
Immortal Weapons #2 2 kappaletta
Judge Dredd #6 1 kappale
Breakneck Vol. 1 1 kappale
Direksiyon Adam (2009) 1 kappale
Marvel Terror 1 1 kappale
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #10 (2012) 1 kappale
Bloodshot 4 1 kappale
Bloodshot #1 (2012) 1 kappale
Judge Dredd #1 (2012) 1 kappale
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #16 (2013) 1 kappale
Infestation 2: Ashcan (2011) — Tekijä — 1 kappale
Catch and Kill 1 kappale
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #15 (2012) 1 kappale
The Black Hood #1 (2015) 1 kappale
Bloodshot 50 Project (2021) 1 kappale
X #4 (2015) 1 kappale
Breakneck #4 (2019) 1 kappale
Cable (2008-2010) #3 (2008) 1 kappale
Cable (2008-2010) #15 (2009) 1 kappale
Cable (2008-2010) #14 (2009) 1 kappale
Cable (2008-2010) #13 (2009) 1 kappale
Birds of Prey, Vol. 3 #14 (2012) 1 kappale

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Level 26: Dark Origins (2009) — Tekijä — 527 kappaletta
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Level 26: Dark Prophecy (2010) 158 kappaletta
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five (2013) — Avustaja — 125 kappaletta
21st Century Dead (2012) — Avustaja — 120 kappaletta
L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories (2011) — Avustaja — 116 kappaletta
Dublin Noir : The Celtic Tiger vs. The Ugly American (2003) — Avustaja — 92 kappaletta
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [comic adaptation] (2017) — Avustaja — 84 kappaletta
Tumor (2010) — Johdanto, eräät painokset56 kappaletta
Philadelphia Noir (2010) — Avustaja — 54 kappaletta
The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 (2019) — Avustaja — 51 kappaletta
Speculative Los Angeles (2021) — Avustaja — 41 kappaletta
DC Comics: The New 52 (2011) — Avustaja — 36 kappaletta
Gauntlet: Media Manipulation, No 4 (1993) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
Strange Adventures (2014) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta

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I didn't know what to make of 'California Bear' at first. I was a little dazed by how bizarre it was. The tone was somewhere between Don Winslow and early Carl Hiaasen. The story, told from the point of view of four characters, each of whom was going through a major change in their lives and none of whom are at the centre of the personality bell curve, was intriguing and original. I could see that the intent was to satirise the True Crime industry. There was definitely crime but very little interest in truth.

We followed an ex-cop who got a killer's conviction overturned on a technicality so that he could get a cut of the compensation payout, we have the California Bear, a 'retired' serial killer who was never caught but who, in his old age, wants to be given credit for his 'work' and we have a Hollywood documentary producer who wants to make a big sale to the streaming companies but who says all the right words about justice and truth and respecting the victims.

Moslty, I liked the dark humour but I was uncomfortable with being in the Bear's head. He wasn't one of Hiaassen's larger-than-life- but-not-as-nasty-as-they-seem villains. He was a sadistic misogynist who still hungered for the rush of the kill. That didn't seem very funny to me.

I kept reading the book because I wanted to hear more from The Girl Detective. She's the tween daughter of the man whose murder conviction has just been overturned. She's smart, organised and passionate about doing the research to find out the truth about the murder her father was jailed for. She's also in hospital undergoing chemotherapy for an aggressive form of leukaemia that is likely to kill her. She lifted the book for me. She was brave, bright and had a dry sense of humour.

Then the tone of the book changed. It became less of a satire and more of a love-letter to the bravery of The Girl Detective. The California Bear transformed in interesting and unexpected ways. The women in the story came to the fore and started to subvert the agendas of the men around them. The Girl Detective started to put together what had happened and what was going to happen and did what she could to bring order to the chaos.

I was able to settle into the humour then. I had no idea where the story was going but I was happy to be along for the ride. I liked the fast pace of the story, the convoluted twists in the plot that linked everyone together in unpredictable ways and the unabashed confidence of the larger-than-life characters.

I was sad to get to the end of the book because I started to like some of the characters by then. The ending was neat and tidy and perhaps just a little to happily-ever-after but it was done with style and heart and it made me smile.

I recommend the audiobook version of 'California Bear'. It's done with multiple narrators and delivered with energy. I also recommend listening to the author's afterword where he explains how his own daughter's illness affected the novel.
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MikeFinnFiction | 1 muu arvostelu | May 7, 2024 |
My rating is divided into two parts:

A. Design
The design of the book with the real clues is simply beautiful. It could hardly be better for a book (which should also remain affordable).
The designer and the printing company have done a very good job and it is simply a pleasure to hold it in your hand.

B. Riddle to guess along
Well - with a bit of good will you can figure something out, but not screaming.

Here are my SPOILERS that will lead you to the result.
1. the clues in the first half of the book are the important ones.
2. forget the two clues in the book. They are not important.
3. important are: Theater ticket, train ticket, postcard
4. what is the play about - it is in the newspaper, you can also find it out in a theater encyclopedia or on the Internet.
5 Which woman really appears as a character in the book?
6. well - it must have been her...
7. now you can gather together from the clues what points to this woman.

I could now write a rant about the fact that no real evidence of any kind has been shown here. "Judge, I'm innocent because I have this ticket to a play about an unhappy wife."

You can read this book for the shear joy of looking at the clues, but don't expect a logical mystery with clues that stand up in court.

My recommendation instead: Murder off Miami
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volumed42 | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 9, 2024 |
Good twist & turns, maybe tongue in cheek at times
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jimifenway | 1 muu arvostelu | Feb 3, 2024 |
Second collection finalizes the story-line from vol 1. After defeating the attackers from both inside and outside of Ku'n-Lun Iron Fist leads the Heavenly Cities Immortal Weapons to Earth to find out about the mysterious 8th City.

Book is full of fights, exotic locales and mystical kung fu powers and remains loyal to its pulp novel roots. For all means and purposes this is good ol' action adventure that does not try much to flesh out the characters but to take reader for one truly interesting ride.

Art is more diverse than in first volume and (for me) it oscillates between awesome work (Danny Rand's return to K'un-Lun) to extremely simplistic (Lei Kung showing the secret army to Danny). Overall not bad but for me art in first volume was much better.

If you like pulp fiction novels like Mask, Phantom and likes give this one a chance. I am sure you will enjoy it.
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Zare | Jan 23, 2024 |



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