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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085720775X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857207753
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,994,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm going to give one spoiler, for those who, like me, worry about such things.
K. Sozaeva
There are only a few deaths and the torture scenes instigated by Geiger, the good inquisitor, are designed to inflict more psychological pain than physical harm.
J. B. Hoyos
All the characters possessed great depth - none more so than the protagonist, who is very lovable.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By J. Murray VINE VOICE on March 3, 2012
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Mark Allen Smith's debut thriller, The Truth Hurts... (aka, The Inquisitor, from Henry Holt and Company 2012) introduces Geiger, one of the most unique characters in fiction since the arrival of Robert Crais' Joe Pike and T. Jefferson Parker's Joe Trona. Geiger, like Pike and Trona, is a non-verbal protagonist whose to-the-point actions speak loudly about what's going on inside his head. He has no last name and no childhood, and arrives in New York with no memories, no emotions and almost no ability to feel pain. He falls into a job working for a mob boss and finds he has a knack for convincing people to tell their secrets, using his own method of carefully administered psychological and physical torture. His life bumps along nicely until he is asked to work on a twelve-year-old boy--and everything falls apart, including the subconscious walls that have protected Geiger from the truth of his past. As he his fleeing for his life, insistent upon protecting this child he barely knows, pieces of his past filter forward until the whole truth crashes down on him like a dump truck full of wet cement.

It quickly becomes apparent to the reader that the plot has less to do with Geiger's torture techniques (what he calls 'information retrieval') and more to do with the man's search for his own truth--his past. As a result, I found myself liking this muscle-bound, amoral guy as I might like a over-sized bumbling puppy who doesn't know the rules of the household yet, but wants to learn. Smith provides just enough childhood details at all the right moments that I feel sorry for the youthful Geiger and as a result don't hate the adult nearly as much as I should considering his profession.

It doesn't hurt that Smith is a true artist with words.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By rck12 on April 15, 2012
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Having read the unusual high number of (glowing) detailed reviews (24), for a book that hadn't been released yet by Amazon, I though this was going to be a top-notch high octane thriller...especially with Nelson DeMille's respected praise, on the front and rear jacket.

Unfortunately, I came away with the feeling of reading a mediocre novel. The premise is new and rather interesting as the story line unfolds in part one, the first 90 pages..., however the story bogs down in the next 200 pages of part 2, and is at times a somewhat boring cat and mouse game. Part 3 picks up strong with an interesting twist, however the ending drags on, and the finish is rather bland, other than Geiger and Harry will be back.

There are alot of things going on in the story (mostly about the enigmatic Geiger...who is he, where did he come from, what's his problem, why does he do this, etc., etc.), and there are some interesting characters (my favorites were Mr. Memz, and the likable sidekick Harry), however I never had that 'can't put the book down' feeling.

I will read the next book, hoping it is one that I can get emersed in and sort of wrap my arms around...now that we know who/what Geiger is. There is potential here for sure...Geiger always gets the truth.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on February 25, 2012
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Disclosure: I received a free ARC of this book from the Amazon.com Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

Geiger has no memory prior to arriving in New York on a bus - he doesn't even know his name. He is, however, able to create beautiful creations through carpentry, and, as it turns out, he has another gift - he is able to tell if someone is lying. He is in the Information Retrieval business - he ... "convinces" people to tell the truth through various methods and application of different forms of pain. He has few rules, but one of the main ones is that he never, ever works on children. When a client shows up with a last-minute change in plans that includes a young boy, Geiger takes the boy and goes on the run. Will he be able to protect the boy and keep himself and his partner alive? Will he be able to discover the truth behind what the client wants?

This is a unique story with a unique protagonist. Geiger is not a terribly sympathetic person - he is cold, distant, detached - almost schizophrenic in affect. However, underneath the surface, something is boiling and the reader finds herself strangely interested in what is happening to this mysterious man. The other characters are as memorable, as quirky, and as multi-faceted as Geiger. The story was highly engaging and, while occasionally fairly violent, should be one that most fans of suspense and thrillers should enjoy. I'm going to give one spoiler, for those who, like me, worry about such things. The cat comes through just fine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles F. Kartman on April 25, 2012
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Geiger is Mark Allen Smith's information retrieval specialist, a somewhat mysterious figure who is favorably contrasted with his main competitor in this peculiar business by virtue of his skillful use of the threat, as opposed to the actual application, of various physical tortures. Frankly, I'm not altogether sure that is enough to absolve this book entirely from being called "torture porn", but I am inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt. Geiger's own background comes back to him in bits and pieces, without painting in a complete picture of his past. He is an enigmatic, deeply flawed character who, like a savant, has one particular skill at which he is superior. That skill is convincing his subjects to absolutely believe that they are being tortured and that only the truth will make it stop; and Geiger can always spot a lie. Geiger is also a man with a code that makes him better than his craft, albeit not in a fully developed sense due to his past. He is assisted by an ex-journalist named Harry, who possesses a more normal back story and is thus a far more sympathetic character.

The story of Geiger's confrontation with who is he is pretty compelling, though perhaps less so than the characters themselves. The book does move along sharply, and left me fairly invested in what the future may hold for its main figures. All in all, I highly recommend The Inquisitor in spite of its willingness to wallow in the infliction of pain in various forms.
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