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The Mark (A Henry Parker Novel) Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2007

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Debut novelist Pinter turns in a stellar performance, taking to the suspense-thriller field with great confidence and greater promise. Disappointed to find that his new job with the prestigious New York Gazette is all pap pieces and obits, 24-year-old freshman journalist Henry Parker jumps at the chance to work with the paper's top reporter on a where-are-they-now look at the scum of New York. Arriving at the apartment of ex-con Luis Guzman with some follow-up questions, Henry finds a scene right out of Goodfellas: a big guy pistol-whipping a terrified Guzman and his wife. Before Henry knows what's happening, the victims turn the table, the assailant is killed, and Henry is left holding the smoking gun. From there, the cub reporter goes on the run—his only ally an unsuspecting NYU coed—while trying figure out how he became wanted by the NYPD, the FBI and the mob. Though some of his situations can strain credibility, Pinter's a wizard at punching out page-turning action, and the voice of his headstrong protagonist is sure to win readers over; his wild ride should thrill any suspense junky. (July)
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"...a heartfelt exploration of honor, ambition, and courage." -- Jeff Abbott

"A fast-paced, addictively suspenseful thriller...from the nail-biting first page to the explosive ending." -Allison Brennan -- Allison Brennan, author

"A gripping page-turner you won't be able to stop reading." -- James Patterson

"A hard-boiled thriller that cuts to the heart." -James Rollins -- James Rollins, author

"A page turner from the get go--I loved it" -- Heather Graham

"A remarkable debut." -- Steve Berry

"An excellent debut." -- Lee Child

"From the opening sentence to the exhilarating conclusion, Pinter's debut thriller gets the reader's heart racing." -- Library Journal (Starred Review)

A first-rate debut from an author who dares to take the traditional thriller in bold new directions." --Tess Gerritsen -- Tess Gerritsen, author

It's 'Front Page' meets 'The Sopranos,' with more than a little Scorsese thrown in." --Jeffery Deaver -- Jeffery Deaver, author

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Product Details

  • Series: A Henry Parker Novel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778324893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778324898
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jason Pinter is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Henry Parker series: THE FURY, THE STOLEN, THE GUILTY and THE MARK, which was optioned to be a major motion picture. He has been nominated for several awards, including the Thriller award, the Strand Critics award, the Shamus award, the Barry award, the CrimeSpree award and the RT Booklovers Reviewers Choice award. His books have been published in over a dozen countries in numerous languages and sold hundreds of thousands of copies around the world. At just twenty six years old, Jason was given a three book contract with MIRA Books, which was then extended to seven before his twenty-eighth birthday.

Prior to becoming a full time writer, Jason worked as a book editor for five years at three major publishing houses. Jason's weblog, "The Man in Black," ( was named one of the top mystery blogs by Library Journal and one of the top writing and publishing blogs by Associated Content. He is a member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America, and is a founding member of the author collective 'Killer Year.' KILLER YEAR: A Criminal Anthology, edited by Lee Child, was published by St. Martin's Press and MIRA Books in the UK and Australia. Jason lives in New York City with his dog Wilson. He is currently at work on his next Henry Parker novel.

Visit Jason at or email him at On Twitter? Follow me at @jasonpinter.

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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By RW VINE VOICE on July 4, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With the popularity of The DaVinci Code, and other thrillers like it, I feel too many authors are trying to make their works too complex and too intelligent. Jason Pinter, whom I have never heard of and I am sure you may not have either, has burst onto the scene with an extremely readable straight forward thriller in the Hitchcockian theme of the wrong man at the wrong place at the wrong time.

I read this book in 3 days, felt it was somewhat plausible, but most of all felt it was time well spent. The main characters are fairly well drawn out, but this is really a plot driven story more than anything. If you want a fairly quick read and something perfect for the plane or the beach that can simply take you away from every day life and not make you think too hard...this is it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Brandt VINE VOICE on September 4, 2007
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Okay, I'm still unsure of my rating so I'll give it three stars as a "happy medium." At times I enjoyed Pinter's first book. The main character, Henry Parker, is hired by a New York newspaper. The next thing you know he's interviewing a guy at an apartment as part of an assignment. Within a minute or so after he leaves the interview, all hell breaks loose and Henry Parker is on the run for his very life.

I liked the fast pace of the book as well as the dialogue and plot, but I have to admit I had a hard time believing that the main character could handle himself so well under such unbelievable circumstances. Everyone wants to kill him, but he somehow outsmarts/outwits or just plain gets lucky too many times in the book. Still, it's a good read (not great) and I think the author may be one to watch for years to come.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Bernier on March 3, 2008
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The Mark has to be one of the best books I have read in many years! This book starts with a bang and never stops. Anyone who enjoys thrillers will absolutely love this one! Jason Pinter is the BEST and I can't wait to read his new book The Guilty. Henry Parker Rules!
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By W. Heitner on July 14, 2007
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I can't begin to understand the positive reviews this book received. The paperback version, which I purchased, had a favorable quote from James Patterson on the cover. Baffling. Jeffrey Deaver also provided a positive review.

I don't get it.

And 12 or so Amazon reviewers seem to have been positive, as well.

I understand that authors often can reach out to friends and relatives, to request positive reviews of their work, but I don't know if that can totally account for what's going on here.

So, enough generalities....

I've never seen a book with so many sentences that were just bad grammar before, and not caught in the editing.

A typical example: P 70 "I thought you should hear it from me before I do. Joe" Nonsense, right? And there are many other examples in the book.

Beyond this the characters are flat and unbelievable; the story line is choppy and absurd. It truly seems like the early work of a high school student - very poorly written and poorly developed....

The only mystery of this book is not its story line, but rather its positive reviews....
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you demand at least a modicum of plausibility in your thrillers, Jason Pinter's "The Mark" will quickly leave you cold. I set this aside half-way through. It would have been earlier, but I gave it an extra chance.

Uncritical readers, though, simply looking for a fast-paced thriller to while away an airline flight or something like that may find it acceptable.

The main character, Henry Parker, is implausible from the outset. Hired at the prestigious New York Gazette, he is plunked down at a desk and told to write. A grizzled old veteran gives him a chance to do something other than obituaries. (Frankly it's kind of doubtful that even obituaries are handled in the way Pinter describes.) Anyway, Henry goes off on his errand and becomes not only involved in a murder, but is accused of murdering a cop. The whole story is entirely implausible - and things only get worse.

Pinter builds his story in what I call Lego block fashion. He is not interested in building character or developing plot. His only interest is in careening from one action scene to another, regardless of how little sense they make or credibility they hold. In short, Pinter winds up using devices seen before in similar stories and quickly runs out of steam.

Running out of steam only makes things worse. Pinter has to get Parker off Manhattan Island. Anyone familiar with Manhattan knows that getting off the Island is pretty simple. But Pinter paints a picture of a police, FBI and Mafia manhunt that makes the Gestapo manhunts of old movies look like Boy Scout exercises. Oh yes, the FBI for reasons that are entirely unclear wants Parker.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. W. Roberts on June 14, 2008
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On the strength of the four star rating and the first few favorable reviews, I ordered this book. When I saw the blurbs ("Gripping," "Stunning," "Harrowing," "Top-notch,"etc. by big names Patterson, Deaver, Child, Gerritsen, and others, I had high hopes.

After reading the first two dozen pages, I lost interest and put it aside. Started again a couple of months later, but finally gave up after a hundred more pages. Totally implausible, crude plotting, stereotypical characters, poor writing, and worst of all, it became a chore and boring to read. It is easy to see why no publisher risked issuing it first as a hardback.

I can't understand the strongly favorable reviews by successful writers. Are they given out of sympathy or as a favor to the publisher? This experience confirms the skepticism I have always felt toward writers' recommendations of each others' books.
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