Re: RARA-AVIS: The Wheelman

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 19 Dec 2005

I've been meaning to write about The Wheelman. I read it a week or so ago and really enjoyed it. I had to fight the urge to take my pulse every once in a while.

Good questions, Mark. I'd like to know the answers, too.


At 22:18 18/12/05 -0500, (Mark Sullivan) wrote:

>Last night, I finished The Wheelman by Duane Swierczynski. Really,
>really good.
>I don't know why, perhaps the title, but I expected a very stripped
>down, almost minimalist story like the great car movies of the '70s,
>like The Driver, Two Lane Blacktop or Vanishing Point (is the use of the
>name Kowalski a shout out to Barry Newman?). That's not at all what I
>got. Stripped down, yes, but I got enough plot to fill a vintage Gold
>Medal (amazing how much plot they stuffed into those thin volumes). And
>Duane keeps it very tightly under control. I must admit I didn't think
>that was the case with his earlier novel, Secret Dead Man; I thought the
>plot got away from him near the end. But The Wheelman juggles a lot of
>people and subplots, but expertly weaves them in and out. As I said,
>really, really good. Sure to be loved by just about anyone on this
>list. All it needed was trashier cover art (not that I didn't really
>like the kinda punky artwork it does have); maybe the paperback will get
>Duane, I do have a question about the bodies in the pipe. When
>Perelli's men went to check the bodies in the pipe, they found six
>bodies. But I only counted five -- Bling, Mikal and Andrew on the first
>dump, Holden later dumped Evsei and Wilcoxson. So who'd I miss? Also,
>are we supposed to know who are in the last two body bags? Did the
>mustached guy perfom a coup on Perelli and take either Dovaz or his
>daughter with him? Or were they just two more, random casualties?

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