Thursday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m.
In his uncannily timed book, Edgar-nominated author Duane Swierczynski takes us on a racially charged tour of the mean streets of the City of Brotherly Love, in a story that spans half a century and three generations of cops and cons. Follow the twists and turns of this all too relevant and ambitious mystery novel on Thursday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m. at a reading & talk , with signing to follow.
Featuring details from Swierczynski’s own family history, Revolver is historical fiction with a visceral impact on the present.While the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO wouldn’t happen until he was deep into the writing of this novel, cops and race were very much on his mind from the beginning. Philadelphia, 1965: Two street cops–one black, one white–are gunned down in a corner bar. One of the fallen officers, Stan Walczak, leaves behind a 12-year-old boy, Jimmy. Philadelphia, 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns that his father’s alleged killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, has been sprung from prison. Jim stalks the ex-con, hoping to finally learn the truth. Philadelphia, 2015: Jim’s daughter Audrey, a forensic science student, re-opens her grandfather’s murder for a research paper. But as Audrey digs deeper, she comes to realize that Stanton probably didn’t pull the trigger–and her father may have made a horrible mistake.
“A resounding success… Race plays a large role and is thoughtfully handled in this bleak, powerful tale of corruption and the lasting effects of crime…Swierczynski just gets better and better.” – Booklist, starred review
Duane Swierczynski is the Edgar-nominated author of nine novels, including Canary, Severance Package, and the Shamus Award-winning Charlie Hardie series (Fun and Games, Hell and Gone, Point and Shoot). He’s written over 250 comics for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Valiant, and IDW, and most recently wrote The Black Hood, the first comic for Archie’s new Dark Circle imprint. Swierczynski has also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on the bestselling Level 26 series.