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The Wheelman – tekijä: Duane Swierczynski
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The Wheelman (vuoden 2005 painos)

– tekijä: Duane Swierczynski (Tekijä)

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Meet Lennon, a mute Irish getaway driver who has fallen in with the wrong heist team on the wrong day at the wrong bank. Betrayed, his money stolen and his battered carcass left for dead, Lennon is on a one-way mission to find out who is responsible--and to get back his loot. But the robbery has sent a violent ripple effect through the streets of Philadelphia. And now a dirty cop, the Russian and Italian mobs, the mayor's hired gun, and a keyboard player in a college rock band maneuver for position as this adrenaline-fueled novel twists and turns its way toward its explosive conclusion. One thing's for sure: This cast of characters wakes up in a much different world by novel's end--if they wake up at all, in Duane Swierczynski'sThe Wheelman.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:PeggyK49
Teoksen nimi:The Wheelman
Kirjailijat:Duane Swierczynski (Tekijä)
Info:Minotaur Books (2005), Edition: First Edition, 240 pages
Kokoelmat:2018
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Avainsanoja:Fiction, Crime, Bank Robbery, Philadelphia, Hardboiled, Read twice

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 17) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Grim, fast, violent and bloody. This book was an amazing crime thriller. ( )
  erroneous-wolf-man | Aug 24, 2019 |
Well. That was quite something. I know skin-of-the-teeth escapes are standard for main characters, but here it's a mad scramble from one close call to the next. It surely doesn't get monotonous, but one does start to run out of breath following along as the characters essentially stagger from one pummeling to the next, and, now that I think of it, 'skin-of-the-teeth' is a fitting phrase to use, considering both modern usage and the original sense as Job meant it...guess this book has both, doesn't it? Sigh... Dammit, Lennon, you couldn't pull just ONE more miraculous escape outta your arse? Ah, who'm I kidding, everyone he knew was dead, even the ones who betrayed him, he's been crashed into, bludgeoned, dropped down a pipe, shot, pistol-whipped, singed, bludgeoned, drugged, burned with acid, probably shot again, flash-grenaded, and dumped down the same pipe by his would-be brother-in-law....hell, time for a nap. But still. At the end of the book I just spent a while pouting like a little kid, all, 'Awww, no fair!' ( )
  -sunny- | Jul 15, 2014 |
Man, this took me a while to finish. It certainly had nothing to do with the plot, the characters or the author’s pacing; I just picked the wrong times to read. Almost every time I picked this book up, I dozed off. What had made this experience so frustrating was that I really liked it and I would find myself getting angry and wondering if I was suffering from narcolepsy. Trust me, if you’re unable to find a story about a mute, Irish getaway driver at least a little interesting, there may be something chemically wrong with you. I blame the removal of daylight savings time last weekend.

Books like The Wheelman are the reason I’m leaning towards literature as my main source of action-fiction. Hey, I love watching big explosions and car chases in movies and television just as much as the next guy but it takes real writing chops to be able to write an action thriller so clearly that it throws away the need for a visual medium; and boy does he have some chops.

I found a lot of parallels between this and one of my favorite books I had read last year, [b:Kiss Me, Judas|185748|Kiss Me, Judas|Will Christopher Baer|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1172527722s/185748.jpg|1048369]. Not in the sense that we’re looking a novel here that mirrors the neo noir genre like [b:Kiss Me, Judas|185748|Kiss Me, Judas|Will Christopher Baer|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1172527722s/185748.jpg|1048369] but a lot of the characters and Swierczynski’s prose seemed pretty similar to [a:Will Christopher Baer|41586|Will Christopher Baer|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nophoto/nophoto-M-50x66.jpg]. Both novels share fast paced and often frenetic action, with action scenes happening within pages of each other. Swierczynski’s prose can be quick and the dialogue is often pretty sharp, so I found myself flying through large chunks of the book in each sitting.

Like Dan wrote in the comments section of this review, I also “have some serious love” for this novel and I have a lot of high hopes for Duane Swierczynski. I’ve read a few reviews of his other novels and have officially placed them on my radar. The man shows definite promise, and with the introduction of a signature character in his catalog and the beginnings of a series, I’m pretty excited to dig into it. ( )
  branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
Lennon is an accomplished wheelman. Escaping by the skin of his teeth from a successful bank job, Lennon wants to avoid causing injury to any bystanders, but while leaving the bank in a hurry, a woman pushing a stroller walks in his path. Braking and wrestling with the wheel was out of the question. The risk of fishtailing was too great, and Lennon worried that he would broadside both the lady and the stroller. Steering clear out of the way was impossible. Immediately to the right of the woman and stroller was one of those huge cement planter squares full of mulch and shrubs. The planter would total the Acura, and the team would have to escape on foot—if any of them were conscious enough to do so. So he hits the lady leaving the stroller unscathed.

He and his colleagues hide the money in the trunk of a car in the long-term parking lot, and start to leave town in a third car only to be broadsided by a van at an intersection where their car catches fire. Lennon awakes only to discover he is in a body bag being shoved down a pipe in some new construction in Camden.

There follows one catastrophe and misstep after another with the Italian mob, the Russian mob, an ex-cop, and assorted others all trying to find the $650,000 from the bank. Fasten your seatbelt and hang on, lots of high speed action with numerous twists and turns.

I’ll leave it to you to determine whether missing the stroller was seminal to events of the rest of the day. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Synopsis/blurb.......
Meet Lennon, a mute Irish getaway driver who has fallen in with the wrong heist team on the wrong day at the wrong bank. Betrayed, his money stolen and his battered carcass left for dead, Lennon is on a one-way mission to find out who is responsible--and to get back his loot. But the robbery has sent a violent ripple effect through the streets of Philadelphia. And now a dirty cop, the Russian and Italian mobs, the mayor's hired gun, and a keyboard player in a college rock band manoeuvre for position as this adrenaline-fuelled novel twists and turns its way toward its explosive conclusion.
One thing's for sure: This cast of characters wakes up in a much different world by novel's end--if they wake up at all.
About 4 hours of fun reading this in the one sitting on Sunday afternoon. I read this originally back in the late 2000’s and rated it a 4 on my own little scoring chart. Selected as my Goodreads Pulp fiction group’s monthly read for August, I was initially tempted to give it a miss because of my previous reading. Bu then as the book was available relatively cheaply second hand I thought why not?
Glad I did to be honest as second time around it ticked more boxes for me than it managed to a few years ago. Fast and frenetic with an intriguing main character and a decent support cast of double-crossing gangsters, corrupt cops, Russian Mafiya and Italian wise-guys. Horrible people doing horrible things interspersed with mainly “decent” people forced to do horrible things......lovely!
It is unlikely that I will enjoy another book as much as this one this month, but hey I live in hope! (But will probably die in despair...)
5 from 5
Obtained second hand from Abe books recently. ( )
  col2910 | Aug 15, 2013 |
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Meet Lennon, a mute Irish getaway driver who has fallen in with the wrong heist team on the wrong day at the wrong bank. Betrayed, his money stolen and his battered carcass left for dead, Lennon is on a one-way mission to find out who is responsible--and to get back his loot. But the robbery has sent a violent ripple effect through the streets of Philadelphia. And now a dirty cop, the Russian and Italian mobs, the mayor's hired gun, and a keyboard player in a college rock band maneuver for position as this adrenaline-fueled novel twists and turns its way toward its explosive conclusion. One thing's for sure: This cast of characters wakes up in a much different world by novel's end--if they wake up at all, in Duane Swierczynski'sThe Wheelman.

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