Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Revolver by, Duane Swierczynski

What do you get when you add an unsolved murder, three generations of cops, and the city of Philadelphia? The best book of the year. Duane Swierczynski has outdone himself again with Revolver.

In May 1965, Stan Walczak and George Wildey are murdered in a corner bar. In 1995, Stan's son Jim, now a homicide detective, finds out the man he thinks murdered his father has been released on parole for another crime. Jim follows this man and stews over how he's going to get a confession out of him In 2015, Jim's daughter Audrey, a forensic sience student, pitches her professor the idea of using modern forensic science to solve the murder and boost her failing grade.

As with all of Swierczynski's books, the pacing is superb and the characters are all interesting and richly drawn. I appreciate the way he alternates telling the story of all three protagonists:  first Stan, then Jim, then Audrey, then back to Stan. There are a few twists along the way which I didn't see coming, but felt completely natural to the story Swierczynski told.

A masterful job and Highly Recommended.

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