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The Wheelman

The Wheelman

A Novel

Duane Swierczynski

Minotaur Books



Trade Paperback

Meet Lennon, a mute Irish getaway driver who has fallen in with the wrong heist team on the wrong day at the wrong bank. Betrayed, his money stolen and his battered carcass left for dead, Lennon is on a one-way mission to find out who is responsible—and to get back his loot. But the robbery has sent a violent ripple effect through the streets of Philadelphia. And now a dirty cop, the Russian and Italian mobs, the mayor's hired gun, and a keyboard player in a college rock band maneuver for position as this adrenaline-fueled novel twists and turns its way toward its explosive conclusion.
One thing's for sure: This cast of characters wakes up in a much different world by novel's end—if they wake up at all, in Duane Swierczynski's The Wheelman.


Wheelman, The


I didn't reform, I lost my nerve. I still think it's sensible to want money and if you want money it has to be sensible to go where they have it and make them give you some.


Praise for The Wheelman

“If you are partial to past-paced thrillers that present this world as an unforgiving, blood-soaked wasteland, you should love Duane Swierczynski's first novel. Swierczynski's novel, like those of [Elmore] Leonard, offers an undertow of humor beneath the churning sea of man's inhumanity.” —The Washington Post

“Swierczynski has an uncommon gift for the banal lunacy of criminal dialogue, a delightfully devious eye for character and a surprisingly well-developed narrative for a beginner.” —The Chicago Tribune

“[A] promising debut… the gripping tale of a heist gone wrong.” —Robert Wade, San Diego Union-Tribune

“A great heist story in the rich tradition of Richard Stark's Parker novels and Stanley Kubrick's The Killing… keeps readers holding their breath to see what's going to happen next. It is clearly the work of a maturing writer who is possessed of a keen style and abundant talent.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

Adrenaline-charged… fast-moving and funny, The Wheelman is Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in an R-rated amusement park.” —Booklist

“I cancelled a night out and stayed up all night reading. That's how much I loved this book… at every turn, I was blindsided. Hilarious and bloody violent.” —Ken Bruen, author of the Shamus Award-winning The Guards

Dark stuff… hilariously funny at the same time. Swierczynski has come up with his own twisted and thoroughly enjoyable genre. Bring on some more, sir.” —Rocky Mountain News

“Astonishing! Duane Swierczynski has written one of the great all-time heist novels and this guy's just getting started.” —Jason Starr, Barry Award-winning author of Twisted City

“Oh, what style!” —Kirkus

“The plot twists of Richard Stark novel but the style of Ken Bruen's non-series work. Very noir and highly recommended.” —Black Orchid Bookshop

“Duane Swierczynski is one of the best new things to happen to crime fiction in a long time.” —Victor Gischler, Edgar-nominated author of Suicide Squeeze

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About the author

Duane Swierczynski

Duane Swierczynski is editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia City Paper. A receipt for This Here's a Stick-Up, Duane's nonfiction book on American bank robbery, was found in the getaway car of a San Francisco bandit who'd hit at least thirty California banks. Duane lives in Philadelphia.

Duane Swierczynski



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