Nov 202014

Michael Connelly and Sebastian Rotella

Sebastian Rotella signing galleys of his forthcoming novel, The Convert's Song.

Richard Lange

Sebastian Rotella and Simon Wood

David Morrell signing galleys of his forthcoming novel, Inspector of the Dead.

Duane Swierczynski's signing line for CANARY

Oh, don’t mind us. Just looking over our photos from Bouchercon while listening to sad jazz and missing our authors. :’-(

Nov 132014
My newest book, the short story anthology Everybody Lies, is finally out. It's available here - and of course it's in Finnish and the actual title is Kaikki valehtelevat, which is the literal translation of James Reasoner's story in the book.

The book consists of some 20 criminous short stories from writers like Reasoner, Jason Starr, Kevin Wignall, Duane Swierczynski, Vicki Hendricks and Patricia Abbott. All of the stories came previously out in my mags Isku, Ässä and Seikkailukertomuksia (= Adventure Stories), that were self-published pastiches of old-time crime rags. All the translations have been edited and proofread carefully. It's a nice and varied collection of new hardboiled and noir writing, especially since almost none of these writers are available in Finnish at the moment. Most of the stories were translated by me, but some of them were translated by some of my talented friends, namely Antti Autio, Tapani Bagge, Sonja Lahdenranta and Lotta Sonninen. Thanks for them for the big help! 

The beautiful cover was envisioned by a friend of mine, Jenni Jokiniemi, who works as a designer. This was her first book cover, if I understood correctly. I hope to collaborate with her more in the future. 

Here's the table of contents. 

I'm actually doing another collection in the same vein, of the flash fiction stories I published in Ässä. I've been asking for permissions from writers, but not all have responded. If you read this and remember having received an e-mail or a Facebook message from, please do respond! 
Oct 022014


September 21: I’m past my deadline, without only three-quarters of the book rewritten, but the important thing is: I FINALLY KNOW HOW TO WRITE IT. (This is such an important part of the process; teaching yourself how to write your own damn book.) I meet Josh for breakfast at Bouchercon in Albany and lay it all out. Where I was going wrong, how I’m going to fix it. He seems happy with my choices, tells me to go with God.

Duane Swierczynski on the timeline of writing his forthcoming novel, Canary. Don’t just read the pull-quote, read the whole damn thing. And then pre-order Canary from your favorite bookstore. And then find me at the Hachette booth at New York Comic Con for some Canary swag. I’ve got it all planned out.

Apr 302013

On sale today, two thrilling reads. The Cuckoo’s Calling is a much-praised debut novel in the classic detective vein. Point and Shoot is the rollicking conclusion to Duane Swierczynski’s Charlie Hardie series. You can read excerpts from both novels here:

Start reading The Cuckoo’s Calling

Start reading Point and Shoot

Mar 212013
PW: Where did the Hardie character come from?
Swierczynski: I'm a huge fan of action movies—specifically, '80s action movies—with lone tough guys facing impossible odds. And if these tough guys have one “super power," it is this: they can't be killed, no matter what you throw at them. So I thought it would be fun to take one of these loners—in the case of Charlie Hardie, an alcoholic house sitter—and throw him into the worst situations possible. He has no specialized training to fall back on; he just has a knack for *not* getting killed.
PW: In what way has your writing of comic books improved your prose fiction?
Swierczynski: Comic scripts are basically letters to your artist, so you have to be able to clearly communicate what's playing on the movie screen inside your head. So I've found myself thinking more visually when writing my novels. Plus, some of my protagonists have started wearing spandex, for some weird reason.