Hell & Gone by Duane Swierczynski. Mulholland Books, 2011.
In Hell & Gone, Charlie Hardie is still in the clutches of the Accident People. After who know how long, Charlie finds himself face to face with Mann and presented with a no-win situation -- work for the Accident People in a secret underground prison or die. He decides to live and enters a bizarre world unsure who he can trust. Can Charlie somehow escape an inescapable prison? Can he keep his wife and son safe from the Accident People?
Hell & Gone drags the reader along the roller coaster ride Charlie embarked on in Fun & Games. I marvel at Duane Swierczynski’s ability to create new and crazy, yet contextually completely believable, story lines in the Charlie Hardie trilogy. There are nail-biting moments in Hell & Gone where you aren’t sure that “unkillable Charlie” will remain unkillable. Swierczynski’s twists and turns will keep you enthralled to the very last page. Then you’ll be upset that you have to wait until March 2012 to see how this adventure resolves in Point & Shoot, especially if you've found a new favorite in Duane Swierczynski like I have.