Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Quickish: "Severance Package: by Duane Swierczynski

Quickish: Severance Package by Duane Swierczysnki, 2008, 9780312343804.

A quicker novel to read. Another Swizzlestickerinski novel with frequent POV changes among the characters. Enjoyable, like usual.

Several employees of a financial services company in downtown Philadelphia are scheduled to work on Saturday morning. Their boss tells them they drink the poisoned Mimosas or they can shot to death. We meet each of the eight people and learn about them. Then we learn how each of them tries to escape, fight back or dies.

The emphasis is on the action but Switterouski gets us to like the characters and laugh at or with them. It's explosions with soul, man. Anyhoo.

There is lots of death, blood, worry, high tech surveillance, psycho love, paternal love, bored employees, and some explosions.

1. I wonder how many Philadelphia jokes are in here that I missed.
2. SPOILER: The reason for the death of all eight people is never made clear.
3. I finished this on vacation and went right to the next book. So, I don't have much to say about the story.

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