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Troubleshooter: A Novel (Tim Rackley Novels) Hardcover – August 30, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Tim Rackley Novels
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060731419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060731410
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,313,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

U.S. Marshal Tim Rackley, nicknamed "Troubleshooter" because he's usually in trouble and he shoots a lot of people, is back on the job after breaking up a mind-control cult in his second Hurwitz outing, The Program. Biker gang the Laughing Sinners kills a couple of Rackley's friends while busting them out of U.S. marshall custody, then go on a rampage and massacre 37 of their rivals in preparation for a drug deal involving a powerful new form of liquid heroin called "Allah's Tears." Readers will feel a lurch of unease early on when informed that Rackley's deputy sheriff wife, Dray, is eight month's pregnant. Rackley is still suffering from the loss (in The Kill Clause) of his daughter, Ginny, so when Dray tangles with the gang he comes close to losing it and screwing up the case. Hurwitz is a rock-solid writer, researcher and plotter, and readers will find him in top form putting Rackley through his procedural paces as he slowly closes in on and shuts down the spectacularly evil Laughing Sinners.
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“Hurwitz has been tapped as a younger, hipper Grisham…he certainly delivers in terms of pure, propulsive readability.” (Washington Post)

“Hurwitz again shows that he is a remarkable crime fiction writer, a solid member of the genre’s top echelon” (Mystery News)

“Grounded in character and believable detail, Hurwitz’s thriller engages on every level.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Fascinating…intriguing…Filled with well-drawn characters, meticulous research and pulse-pounding action…easily one of the best thrillers of the year.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“Extraordinarily satisfying...A gripping read from start to finish.” (Booklist)

“A cut above the usual thriller, with a cast of intriguing and complex characters who never fall into stereotype.” (Capital Times)

“Tough, true, well–written, and memorable as Hell. Dray and Tim Rackley are uniquely believable and sympathetic heroes.” (James Patterson)

“Gregg Hurwitz handcuffs you to his story and holds your emotions hostage. Once you enter THE PROGRAM, there’s no leaving.” (Ridley Pearson)

“A white–knuckle journey…A compelling, riveting, dead–smart thriller…If you haven’t discovered Gregg Hurwitz yet, get to a bookstore!” (Janet Evanovich)

“A rip–roaring thrill ride… A stick to your fingers read by a novelist at the top of his game.” (Stephen J. Cannell)

“THE KILL CLAUSE is like a literary Law & Order, without the commercials. Bottom Line: Killer read.” (People)

“THE KILL CLAUSE is a white knuckle thriller of the first order. Smart, with a little twist of the wicked.” (Joe R. Lansdale, author of The Bottoms and A Fine Dark Line)

“Likable and sympathetic…Hurwitz’ hero is fully realized…A shadowy operative named Ed Pinkerton is the most intriguing character in the book.” (Washington Post)

“In this adeptly researched, well–constructed tale about science gone awry…The action comes fast and steady.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Hurwitz is a brilliant storyteller…He has written a fast–paced plot with nicely defined characters.” (Library Journal)

“Enticing…a smoothly written, gripping fabric of believable incidents, ethical questions and changing relationships.” (Booklist)

“Engaging…Spier is an appealing character…Gregg Andrew Hurwitz can write. He has a bright future ahead of him.” (Cozies, Capers & Crimes)

“Compelling…Gregg Hurwitz is the heir apparent to Robin Cook.” (Book Browser)

“…the perfect blend of suspense, pacing, strong storyline, compelling characters, and a villain who will knock your socks off.” (Sue Grafton)

“…a terrifying and savage descent into the darkest corners of evil and madness.” (Jonathan Kellerman)

“…a spooky, surprising and unsettling thriller. Good character, a suspenseful plot and a shock of an ending.” (T. Jefferson Parker)

“…a gripping page–turner…that sticks in mind long after the last page is turned.” (Michael Connelly)

More About the Author

Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of fourteen novels, most recently Don't Look Back, You're Next, The Survivor and Tell No Lies. His books have been nominated for numerous awards, shortlisted twice for best novel of the year by International Thriller Writers, nominated for CWA's Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, chosen as feature selections for all four major literary book clubs, honored as Book Sense Picks, nominated for the Galaxy National Book Award, and translated into twenty two languages.
Gregg has written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). He has published numerous academic articles on Shakespeare, taught fiction writing in the USC English Department, and guest lectured for UCLA, and for Harvard in the United States and internationally. In the course of researching his thrillers, he has sneaked onto demolition ranges with Navy SEALs, swum with sharks in the Galápagos, and gone undercover into mind-control cults.
Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area. While completing a BA from Harvard and a master's from Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy, he wrote his first novel. He was the undergraduate scholar-athlete of the year at Harvard for his pole-vaulting exploits, and played college soccer in England, where he was a Knox fellow. He now lives in L.A. where he continues to play soccer, frequently injuring himself.

Customer Reviews

Keeps one interested until the very last page.
I began reading Hurwitz with the first in the Tim Rackley series and really enjoyed that book.
This book had good characters and a good storyline.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Janet Slezak on September 11, 2005
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After the great work he did breaking up the mind controlling cult in THE PROGRAM, deputy U. S. Marshall Tim Rackley is once again back on the job. This time around he's assigned as head of the task force formed to track down Den Laurey, leader of the violent biker gang the Laughing Sinners, who escapes custody while being transported to San Bernardino County Jail, leaving two U. S. Marshals dead. Laurey is known for his knife skills and was convicted of torture killing of three rival gang members in retaliation for the shooting of a Sinner. He's armed and dangerous, but not alone. With him is Lance Kaner, the gang's enforcer, and together the two are a lethal combination. With Bear and Guerrera again at his side, Rackley works day and night trying to find leads. At one point it seems as if he's got a good chance of apprehending them, but a situation arises that leaves him no choice but let them go, which results in the shooting of a sheriff's deputy not far from the scene. The wounded deputy turns out to be his wife Drey, who also happens to be eight months pregnant, which results in feelings of guilt and frustration. While still trying to deal with the loss of his daughter Ginny, who was murdered years ago, he must put his personal feelings aside and put an end to the violence, especially after the gang goes on a violent rampage in preparation for a drug deal of a new string of heroin which leads the marshals from Mexico to Afghanistan.

TROUBLESHOOTER is a great addition to the Rackley series! It's filled with so much action and suspense you just can't turn the pages fast enough. Gregg Hurwitz is one of my favorite authors, and in my opinion one of today's greatest suspense writers. He's got a style all his own and has never disappointed me yet, so if you haven't already discovered this great author I recommend you do so today!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on October 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If the year 2005 becomes known as "The Year of Hurwitz," TROUBLESHOOTER will be the reason why. Greg Hurwitz has written a number of fine books with nary a miss since THE TOWER, his debut novel. He began a new upward trajectory, however, with THE KILL CLAUSE, the first of his novels to feature U.S. Marshal Tim Rackley, and 2004's THE PROGRAM continued this trend. But neither will prepare you for the masterpiece that is TROUBLESHOOTER.

Any thriller, at its most basic level, needs a good, believable bogeyman that will scare the heck out of the reader. TROUBLESHOOTER has a whole group of them --- a biker gang known as the Laughing Sinners. The Sinners seem to run the streets of southern California with impunity, due to a combination of street smarts, mind-numbing violence, and the legal machinations of a cunning attorney. The book begins with the guarded transport of Den Laurey and Kaner, two members of the Sinners' nomad chapter --- so called because they have no fixed territory or home --- following their arrest for murder. Their brutal and daring escape leads to the formation of a task force charged with recapturing them, with whatever force it takes, and bringing the Sinners down.

Rackley, who is heading up the task force, almost recaptures Laurey but is outmanned and outgunned --- a situation that results in tragic personal consequences for Rackley mere minutes later when his pregnant wife Dray, herself a sheriff's deputy, is attacked and left for dead in the bikers' wake. Rackley must detach his personal grief and desire for revenge from his duties as task force director, even as these elements merge and intersect as the U.S. Marshal's Office and the Sinners play a continuous game of cat-and-mouse for the highest possible stakes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on September 27, 2006
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Gritty, greasy, grimy. Troubleshooter by Gregg Hurwitz is all that and more.

Nomad bikers, Den Laurey and Lance Kaner, have just been liberated from custody while being transported to federal prison, U.S. marshals' lie dead on an LA freeway and the manhunt for the two brutal killers is on.

The U.S. Marshal's Service has one man that can do the job, Tim Rackley, whose special investigative style and willingness to use all means at his disposal, are called in by the Marshal's Service with the complicity of the Mayor of Los Angeles. His mission: get Laury and Kaner into custody--or kill them. Either is okay. Do it and do it now.

The hunt for the two biker nomads, members of a deadly group known as the Laughing Sinners, takes you through the seedy underbelly of the outlaw biker world. Harleys roar, dust and bullets fly as Rackley and his team, peel away the defenses of the Sinners and take the club's most notorious members down one at a time.

Dray Rackley, Tim's wife, and LA County Sheriff's deputy, is enmeshed into the hunt when she performs what she thinks is a routine stop of a biker along a desolate highway. Wrong. She's stopped Laurey, and is soon surrounded by Kaner and three other Sinner nomads; the resulting assault puts Dray in the hospital where her life hangs in the balance.

As the investigation widens, and the stakes get higher, Rackley and the team uncover the real motivation for Laurey's liberation. The Sinners have made a pact with a group of Afghan extremists to smuggle millions in high-potency heroin to finance their future operations and nefarious activities sure to be trouble in America's future.

As with any good crime thriller there is a well-played inter-service rivalry between the Marshal's Service and the FBI.
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