Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Just Finished: "The Wheel Man" by Duane Swierczynski

Just Finished: The Wheel Man by Duane Swierczynski, 2005, 0312343787.

Quite good. A pulp caper novel set in Philadelphia. A good amount of twists and turns leaving you guessing who knows what and who else is to blame.

Lennon is a professional get away driver who teams up with a couple guys robbing a bank in downtown Philadelphia. After the crew get away and stash the cash their Subaru is rammed by a van and Lennon is knocked unconscious. Lennon comes to as a couple guys are about to drop his naked body down a pipe at a construction site.

Lennon escapes and has to figure out who ratted him out, avoid the cops, avoid the Russian mafia, rescue his now missing co-conspirator sister, and find the now missing $650,000. Swieiriiczzzyynkkkkis keeps things moving quickly and both plotting and pacing are very good. Characters are done well, too; kind of Richard Stark-ish.

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