Hell & Gone

Hell & Gone

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Grand Central Pub
The second of three high-energy thrillers arriving back-to-back from cult crime fiction sensation Duane Swierczynski.

Left for dead after an epic shootout that blew the lid off a billion-dollar conspiracy, ex-cop Charlie Hardie quickly realizes that when you're dealing with The Accident People, things can get worse. Drugged, bound and transported by strange operatives of unknown origin, Hardie awakens to find himself captive in a secret prison that houses the most dangerous criminals on earth.

And then things get really bad. Because this isn't just any prison. It's a Kafkaesque nightmare that comes springloaded with a brutal catch-22: Hardie's the warden. And any attempt to escape triggers a "death mechanism" that will kill everyone down here--including a group of innocent guards. Faced with an unworkable paradox, and knowing that his wife and son could be next on the Accident People's hit list, Hardie has only one choice: fight his way to the heart of this hell hole and make a deal with the Devil himself.

Baker & Taylor
Charlie Hardie becomes the unwitting warden of an experimental facility that houses serial killers and other violent criminals who will be released back into society when he chooses to leave.

Hachette Book Group
The second of three high-energy thrillers arriving back-to-back from cult crime fiction sensation Duane Swierczynski.

Left for dead after an epic shootout that blew the lid off a billion-dollar conspiracy, ex-cop Charlie Hardie quickly realizes that when you're dealing with The Accident People, things can get worse. Drugged, bound and transported by strange operatives of unknown origin, Hardie awakens to find himself captive in a secret prison that houses the most dangerous criminals on earth.

And then things get really bad. Because this isn't just any prison. It's a Kafkaesque nightmare that comes springloaded with a brutal catch-22: Hardie's the warden. And any attempt to escape triggers a "death mechanism" that will kill everyone down here--including a group of innocent guards. Faced with an unworkable paradox, and knowing that his wife and son could be next on the Accident People's hit list, Hardie has only one choice: fight his way to the heart of this hell hole and make a deal with the Devil himself.

Baker
& Taylor

"After barely walking away with his life from a shootout that will go down in Hollywood history, ex-cop Charlie Hardie discovers things can, in fact, get even worse. He is kidnapped by a team of team of undercover operatives and forced to stand guard over an underground prison that houses the most dangerous criminals on earth. Or so he's told. As Hardie goes deeper, and finds himself behind bars, he begins to wonder: who is running the asylum and are the good guys the ones behind bars or the ones walkingthe halls? But, Hardie knows that the world outside hasn't stopped and that his family is in peril as he languishes in this pseudo-prison. Soon, Hardie is plotting a desperate escape that will visit a Pandora's box of mayhem upon the state of California.He'll make some new enemies. But he'll take care of many more. Because nobody does justice like Charlie Hardie. And if you threaten his family, you better believe there'll be hell to pay"--
"The second of three high-energy thrillers arriving back-to-back from cult crime fiction sensation Duane Swierczynski. After barely walking away with his life from a shootout that will go down in Hollywood history, ex-cop Charlie Hardie discovers thingscan, in fact, get even worse. He is kidnapped by a team of team of undercover operatives and forced to stand guard over an underground prison that houses the most dangerous criminals on earth. Or so he's told. As Hardie goes deeper, and finds himself behind bars, he begins to wonder: who is running the asylum and are the good guys the ones behind bars or the ones walking the halls? But, Hardie knows that the world outside hasn't stopped and that his family is in peril as he languishes in this pseudo-prison. Soon, Hardie is plotting a desperate escape that will visit a Pandora's box of mayhem upon the state of California. He'll make some new enemies. But he'll take care of many more. Because nobody does justice like Charlie Hardie. And if you threaten his family, you better believe there'll be hell to pay"--
In this sequel to Fun and Games, Charlie Hardie becomes the unwitting warden of an experimental facility that houses serial killers and other violent criminals who will be released back into society when he chooses to leave. Original. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316133296
Branch Call Number: FIC SWI
Characteristics: 286 p. ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Hell and gone

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Apr 09, 2012

Really weird concept. I read the first one and really enjoyed it (as I enjoy all of Duane's books), but this one was so violent with not much of a story and I didn't like the ending at all!! I guess I'll read the next one when it comes out as I've invested all this time on the first 2, but I am not really looking forward to it at this point. I am quite disappointed actually.....I normally think he's a brilliant writer! At least one of his books is in my top 10 all time favourites! (The Blonde)

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