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Gun Machine by [Ellis, Warren]
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Length: 321 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Detective John Tallow is a classic burnout, sleepwalking on the job until the day his supercop partner (and only friend) is killed by a shotgun-wielding lunatic. The incident was Tallow’s first on-the-job shooting, and he doesn’t disagree with the majority view that he shouldn’t have been the cop left standing. Then, when a shrine of ritualistically displayed firearms is found in the apartment building where his partner died, Tallow finds himself wanting answers. Analysis of the cache connects each weapon to a murder, and Tallow is assigned to work with two wildly eccentric geniuses on the crime-scene unit to try to end the killer’s decades-long killing spree. Gun Machine is built around a trio of intoxicating weirdos who twist the mold of the familiar detective-and-forensic-specialist combo. Strong interplay between historic Manahatta (think Native American) and technology’s future role in policing creates a big-picture backdrop for catch-the-crazy-killer thrills. Lisa Black fans and those who love quirky characters in a high-stakes police procedural will find plenty to like here. --Christine Tran

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"Warren Ellis has a terrific way with words...vivid [with] fully fleshed characters...a seriously good writer with a seriously wicked imagination."―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"GUN MACHINE has a bunch of Ellis' signature gestures: characters with resonant names or no names at all, nightmarish near-future (and recent-past) gizmos, constant and gleeful vulgarity...The brutal cat-and-mouse game between Tallow and the killer suggests that the chaos of human malice can gum up even law enforcement's most elegant systems. More deeply, though, GUN MACHINE is about the ways the grimmer parts of America's history can ooze into the present day, and in particular about the country's deep, horrible connection to firearms."―Douglas Wolk, Los Angeles Times

"A pleasingly quirky crime thriller...Tallow is oddly endearing, so single-minded you can't help rooting for him...There is nothing comic-bookish about [Ellis's] writing, which races along in crisp hard-boiled fashion."―Cip McGrath, New York Times

"Wonderful...a blast...barbs that should have the scriptwriters for Bones scribbling on napkins. More fun than I've had out of a crime novel in a long time."―Michael Robbins, Chicago Tribune

"Bloodier and more intriguing than any episode of Law & Order or CSI...gallows humor and high-tension action."―Brian Truitt, USA Today

"From the wrenching violence of its first pages to its bone-jarring conclusion, Gun Machine never lets go of the reader and never flags in its relentless pace. In the course of 300 tightly wound pages, Ellis unloads a full clip of ideas, black humor, character, and copper-sheathed action scenes. Every sentence is a bullseye."―Joe Hill, author of A Heart-Shaped Box and Horns

"Gun Machine is packing heat: wonderfully demented misfits, killer dialogue, a helluva story. Warren Ellis is a twisted genius and this is his grittiest, sexiest, and best work by far."
Lauren Beukes, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of Zoo City and Moxyland

"GUN MACHINE redraws the crime map of Manhattan; Ellis's bizarre, febrile imagination and mordant wit makes a serial killer thriller for a new century."―Charles Stross, author of Accelerando and Singularity Sky

"Underneath the pyrotechnic prose lies a perfectly paced mystery thriller. Ellis gets it so right."―Mike Carey, author of The Devil You Know

Product details

  • File Size: 949 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (January 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZFIMC6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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