Wednesday, December 20, 2006

THE WHEELMAN by Duane Swierczynski

Mute Irish getaway driver Lennon is part of a three-man team that robs a Wachovia bank of $650,000. The heist goes wrong, and the money goes missing. The rest has to be seen to be believed and fully enjoyed.

Many writers and novels have been called "cinematic." Swierczynski's pedal-to-the-metal approach to The Wheelman is the fastest I've seen words become mental imagery.

On a side note, I had some extra inadvertent fun with this book, confusing the terms "mute" and "mime." Richard Stark meets Marcel Marceau.

Okay, just me.

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