Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith

This book will be released on April 10, 2012
The Inquisitor: A Novel
Book Description
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.

My thoughts
Geiger is a retriever of information and uses a sort of mental torture to get the information his clients wants. And his clients consist of the mob, corporate bigwigs and even the government. One thing is that he doesn’t interrogate kids, people with heart conditions and the elderly. His business is based only on referral. When he takes on a new client and finds out it is a kid they want him grab to get to the boy’s father, he refuses but takes the boy to protect him. He had his scruples, but now has pissed a bunch of people off and they are out to get him!

Although, Geiger is a torturer, he is a man of depth, and we learn so much about him as the story unfolds. Smith has created an exquisite character in Geiger and the story moves so quickly, you don’t realize it has ended until you get to the last page. I found the premise to be exciting and the build-up of tension and suspense to be gratifying. I loved this book.

Disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher. I received no compensation for my thoughts.
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