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The Inquisitor

A Novel
Smith, Mark Allen (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"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 insists 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"--
Authors: Smith, Mark Allen
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Allen Smith
Title: The inquisitor
a novel
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 25 cm.
Summary: "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 insists 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"--
Subject Headings: Torturers Fiction Boys Fiction Journalists Fiction New York (N.Y.) Fiction FICTION / Thrillers. bisacsh
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Topical Term: Torturers
Boys
Journalists
FICTION Thrillers
LCCN: 2011026552
ISBN: 9780805094268
0805094261
Branch Call Number: FIC S
Research Call Number: JFE 12-3878
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Nov 23, 2013
  • billmacrotarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An interrogator in New York City known only as Geiger with no memory of his past makes a good living getting the truth out of people. All goes well until he is asked to interrogate a boy, which violates one of his rules. Inexplicably he decides to protect the boy and runs afoul of powerful forces. Along the way his past is revealed to him and he becomes self-aware. The Inquisitor is good action/mystery with a few non-sequiturs in it. The timeline doesn't work and some of the premises strain creditability but it's still enjoyable.

Apr 06, 2013
  • scottekarate rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book sort of reminded me of that movie The Professional. You know, french guy hitman who gets stuck with Natalie Portman and ultimately sacrifices himself to save the child. Not a bad book at all.

Nov 15, 2012
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Supposed to be a debut by the author but his experience in movie scripts certainly helped to put together an original plot and one central character who was trained by his father to become congenital analgesia like, with ability to suppress severe physical pain. NY Times today (Nov 15, 2012) has an article titled painless, hardly apple to apple association to this story but interesting topic.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/magazine/ashlyn-blocker-feels-no-pain.html?hp&_r=0

Sep 24, 2012
  • SportyReader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It's not brilliant or a captivating read but it does have some intrigue. Ending could have been better. But it's a good start for the author to build upon his style for future novels.

Jun 19, 2012
  • rhuber6202 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A different story line-fascinating and easy to read.

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