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-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.
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by Duane Swierczynski
by Anthony E. Zuiker, Duane Swierczynski
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by John Harvey
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by David Drake, Eric Flint
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"Narrator Pete Larkin breathes just enough life into the characters of HELL AND GONE to rescue them from the edge of the improbable. This novel has a few well-crafted scenes of "dystopian noir" as ex-cop Charlie Hardie awakens to find himself in a secret prison that houses the world's worst criminals. But these brief moments of suspense are overshadowed by the plot's unlikely conspiracy theory. Sweirczynski's strong point is punchy dialogue. Larkin captures the listener's attention when the characters interact--and when they do, the pacing is engaging. But Larkin gets a little carried away with a few of his character voices, sometimes bringing out unintended humor when a serious tone is called for. F.T. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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