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July 8, 2010 / C.T. Henry

FUN READ: Expiration Date by Duane Swiercynski

Synopsis: Mickey Wade is a recently-unemployed journalist who lucked into a rent-free apartment—his sick grandfather’s place. The only problem: it’s in a lousy neighborhood—the one where Mickey grew up, in fact. The one he was so desperate to escape.

But now he’s back. Dead broke. And just when he thinks he’s reached rock bottom, Mickey wakes up in the past. Literally.

At first he thinks it’s a dream. All of the stores he remembered from his childhood, the cars, the rumble of the elevated train. But as he digs deeper into the past, searching for answers about the grandfather he hardly knows, Mickey meets the twelve-year-old kid who lives in the apartment below.

The kid who will grow up to someday murder Mickey’s father.

Review: Although I still believe The Blonde is Swiercynski’s best pulp thriller, Expiration Date is well-conceived, well-plotted, and just plain fun.

At its heart, Expiration Date is really a mystery rather than a time travel story.  Always told that his father was killed in a barroom fight, Mickey Wade, an unemployed newspaper reporter, travels back in time to learn about his family’s past and the murder of his father.  Each time Mickey travels back in time, he finds more pieces to the puzzle, but each jump also takes its toll.  A clever story from start to finish.

If you want to kick back and read on the beach, Expiration Date won’t disappoint.

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  1. Jenna Ming / Jul 11 2010 7:18 am

    I absolutely ADORED Expiration Date. You’re right Henryct, it is just a damn fun book, huh!

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