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The Inquisitor

Format:  Hardcover,

324 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co

Publish Date: Apr 2012

ISBN-13: 9780805094268

ISBN-10: 0805094261

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A spectacularly original thriller about a professional torturer who has a strict code, a mysterious past, and a dangerous conviction that he can save the life of an innocent child

Geiger has a gift: he knows a lie the instant he hears it. And in his business--called "information retrieval" by its practitioners--that gift is invaluable, because truth is the hottest thing on the market.

Geiger's clients count on him to extract the truth from even the most reluctant subjects. Unlike most of his competitors, Geiger rarely sheds blood, but he does use a variety of techniques--some physical, many psychological--to push his subjects to a point where pain takes a backseat to fear. Because only then will they finally stop lying.

One of Geiger's rules is that he never works with children. So when his partner, former journalist Harry Boddicker, unwittingly brings in a client who demands that Geiger interrogate a twelve-year-old boy, Geiger responds instinctively. He rescues the boy from his captor, removes him to the safety of his New York City loft, and promises to protect him from further harm. But if Geiger and Harry cannot quickly discover why the client is so desperate to learn the boy's secret, they themselves will become the victims of an utterly ruthless adversary.

Mesmerizing and heart-in-your-throat compelling, "The Inquisitor" is a completely unique thriller that introduces both an unforgettable protagonist and a major new talent in Mark Allen Smith.

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Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Publish Date: Apr 2012
ISBN-13: 9780805094268
ISBN-10: 0805094261
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 324
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.75 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9780805094268

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Review by Library Journal (2011-10-15)

Geiger has an innate ability that is immeasurably useful in his business, euphemistically called "information retrieval". Called The Inquisitor by his clients, Geiger is a torturer with an intimate understanding of pain. One of his few rules is that he won't work with children, so when 12-year-old Ezra Matheson is delivered to him from a client who's after Ezra's father, Geiger stuns his partner, ex-journalist Harry Boddicker, by attacking the client and taking the boy for safekeeping. This launches an adrenaline--fueled cat-and-mouse game between Geiger and his limited resources and the client, whose power and reach he may have underestimated.

Verdict: With some detailed accounts of torture by Geiger and his competitor, Dalton (whose work is less elegant), this is not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. But Geiger, who's seeing a psychiatrist and suffers disabling migraines, is a fascinating protagonist with a revealing backstory. A compelling debut thriller that blurs the lines between the good and bad guys.

[See Prepub Alert, 7/18/11.] - Michele Leber, Arlington, VA

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

A spectacularly original thriller about a professional torturer who has a strict code, a mysterious past, and a dangerous conviction that he can save the life of an innocent child

Geiger has a gift: he knows a lie the instant he hears it. And in his business—called "information retrieval" by its practitioners—that gift is invaluable, because truth is the hottest thing on the market.

Geiger's clients count on him to extract the truth from even the most reluctant subjects. Unlike most of his competitors, Geiger rarely sheds blood, but he does use a variety of techniques—some physical, many psychological—to push his subjects to a point where pain takes a backseat to fear. Because only then will they finally stop lying.

One of Geiger's rules is that he never works with children. So when his partner, former journalist Harry Boddicker, unwittingly brings in a client who demands that Geiger interrogate a twelve-year-old boy, Geiger responds instinctively. He rescues the boy from his captor, removes him to the safety of his New York City loft, and promises to protect him from further harm. But if Geiger and Harry cannot quickly discover why the client is so desperate to learn the boy's secret, they themselves will become the victims of an utterly ruthless adversary.

Mesmerizing and heart-in-your-throat compelling, The Inquisitor is a completely unique thriller that introduces both an unforgettable protagonist and a major new talent in Mark Allen Smith.

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