Saturday, 29 October 2011

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: Charlie Hardie 2: Hell and Gone - Duane Swierczynski

Release Date: 13/10/11


Mulholland Books presents...HELL AND GONE There are some criminals so dangerous the world can never know about them. They can't be held in regular prisons. They must never be released. They're here - in a secret underground prison miles away from anywhere. And now, so is Charlie Hardie. The shadowy organisation running the jail sent him there as punishment for getting in their way. But he's not a prisoner. He's in charge. He can leave any time he wants, he's told. There's just one catch: if he goes, everyone in the prison dies, including innocent guards. But when Charlie realises his family may be in danger, he knows he must protect them at any cost. Even if it means blasting his way out, one inmate at a time...


OK, I love a good crime novel and when one throws a spanner into the conventions that readers have come to expect, it’s a title that really has to be read and enjoyed, almost as if the spirit of Hannibal Lector were standing over you with a delectable Chianti. In this title, the second one in the Charlie Hardie series, what the reader expects is not only turned on its head but gobbled up, chewed up and spat out to give you something that is as unpredictable as the characters which really give you that extra level of adrenaline during your read.

All in the characters are interesting, the plot line hard and fast and when added to Duane’s choice of prose as well as pace it’s a title that will thrill and spill in equal amounts as you wonder what the outcome will be from the very beginnings as this white knuckle story won’t let go.

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