CFA: Duane Swierczynski

Tuesday March 3, 2015
07:00 pm

Tags: Event





Photo Credit: Evelyn Taylor

Crime Fiction Academy's own Duane Swierczynski joined us to celebrate the launch of his new book, Canary. 


About Canary

It's dangerous enough when an ordinary college girl turns confidential informant. Even more dangerous when she's smarter than the killer, kingpins, and cops who control her.


Honors student Sarie Holland is a good girl. She does her homework. She doesn’t swear. She doesn’t use illegal substances. A good girl, that is, until she is busted by the police while doing a favor for a guy. Unwilling to betray him but desperate to hold on to her future, Sarie has no choice but to become a "CI"—a confidential informant—for the Philadelphia police.


Philly narcotics cop Ben Wildey is starving for a career-making bust. The detective thinks he's found the key in his newest CI, Sarie: her boyfriend scores from a mid-level dealer with alleged ties to the major drug gangs.


Nineteen-year-old Sarie becomes the Canary in Duane Swierczynski’s latest fast-paced and wild ride through Philadelphia’s underbelly. But Sarie also turns out to be the perfect CI: a quick study with a shockingly keen understanding of the criminal mind. Too keen, it seems. Wildey, desperate for results, pushes too hard and unintentionally sends Sarie into a death trap, abandoning her to be pursued by crooked cops and killers alike with nothing to save her—except the street smarts she's gained through her trying weeks as an informant. And this is very bad news for the police and the underworld. Because when it comes to payback, CI #137 turns out to be a very quick study... 


Set against the gritty backdrop of the Philly underground drug scene and inspired by true-life stories about undercover college students, Swierczynski’s CANARY is as original and smart as its star, Sarie Holland.


Duane Swierczynski is the Edgar-nominated and Anthony and Shamus Award- winning author of Expiration Date, Fun & Games and the forthcoming Canary  (February 2015). He’s written over 250 comic books for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and IDW, including the New York Times bestselling Birds of Prey.