I’ve been aware of Duane Swierczynski‘s novels for a long time, it feels. And yet, for some reason, I’ve never read any of them. He’s the author of the action-packed Charlie Hardie series, among others. He’s also written for a number of comics, including the New 52 Birds of Prey (DC), Black Widow, Cable (Marvel) and Bloodshot (Valiant) to name just a small number. As far as I can tell, Canary is the beginning of a new series, and one I’m rather looking forward to trying. Here’s the synopsis:
Every student needs a part-time job.
Hers is hunting criminals.
Sarie Holland is a good kid. An Honors student. She doesn’t even drink.
So when a narcotics cop busts her while she’s doing a favour for a friend, she has a lot to lose.
Desperate to avoid destroying her future, Sarie agrees to become a CI — a confidential informant. Armed only with a notebook, she turns out to be as good at catching criminals as she is at passing tests.
But it’s going to take more than one nineteen-year-old to clean up Philadelphia. Soon Sarie is caught in the middle of a power struggle between corrupt cops and warring gangs, with nothing on her side but stubbornness and smarts.
Which is bad news for both the police and the underworld. Because when it comes to payback, CI #137 turns out to be a very fast learner…