SWIERCZYNSKI, the biggest name (literally) in American crime writing,
is the author of six non-fiction books, including This Here’s
A Stick-Up: The Big Bad Book Of American Bank Robbery (Alpha,
2002) and The Big Book O’ Beer (Quirk, 2004). He’s
worked as an editor at Men’s Health, Details
and Philadelphia magazines, and now teaches journalism
at La Salle University. God help those kids.
strange—yet true—facts about the author’s vowel-challenged
“Swierczynski” loosely translates into “dweller
near a fir tree.”
Duane and his brother Gregg were named after the Allman Brothers
Duane’s mother actually got a shorter name by marrying his
father. (Her maiden name was “Wojciechowski.”)
Duane named his first-born son “Parker” in honor of
the Richard Stark character.
In Poland, “Swierczynski” is pronounced “Smith.”
DEAD MEN, Duane’s easy-to-pronounce crime fiction debut,
will be published later this year by PointBlank.