"A cunning, zippy, plot-twister... both entertaining and dark... Swierczynski keeps the action pulsating along [with] an array of compelling characters, crisp dialogue, and pop culture references... It's those touches [that] make Canary sing."—Daneet Steffens, Boston Globe
"Duane Swierczynski writes the 'new noir,' full of bad choices, courage, and sudden disaster, all delivered at a break-neck pace."
—Charlaine Harris, author of the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels, including Dead Ever After
"This guy is a great storyteller. I never know what he is going to come up with or where he is going to take me."
"Compulsive, written with wry humanity and a deft and thrilling touch for the unexpected."
, Daily Mail
"Swierczynski can set a constant, wicked pace."
, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Swierczynski's dialogue pops and drives the story through the landscape of Philly, a city he clearly knows, and loves."
, National Post
"Riveting . . . Sarie is a luminous character . . . Memorable characters, suspense, a native's portrait of a fascinating city, eruptions of spectacular violence--fans of hard-edged crime will love this one."
—Booklist (starred review)
"Swierczynski has Philly down cold: his characters prowl the bivouacs and dens of its suburbs and the needle-strewn drug corners and grimy alleyways of the inner city....I can barely tear myself away from this book."
—Liz French, Library Journal
"Inventive . . . Breathes fresh life into a familiar plot with shifting perspectives, sly humor [and] a crackerjack pace."
"Swierczynski knows how to write people. They could be life-long mobsters, crazy drug lords, or college freshmen women, Duane makes each one unique and each character has their own voice."
"Swierczynski's writing is sharp, and his plotting is topnotch, but it's his feel for his characters, and Sarie in particular, that sets Canary apart from other thrillers."—Mystery Scene Magazine