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The Mark (A Henry Parker Novel) Mass Market Paperback – June 19, 2007

3.6 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Henry Parker Series

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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 (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I enjoyed this book. It was a nice change of pace from what I generally read. There were a few odd typos in this book, but that didn't really bother me. The characters were fun and reasonably well-rounded. One of the characters had reactions that weren't completely sensible, even under the circumstances. I won't bore you with a plot summary as I know other reviewers are fond of doing that. The only real problem I had with the book is that it had no chapter demarcations at the bottom of the screen on the "percentage read" line. I prefer a Kindle book to be formatted with the chapter demarcations because it helps a reader know how close he or she is to the end of a chapter. That makes it easier to find a "stopping place" when you need to stop reading for a while. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a thriller or a mystery because it was a fun adventure in my opinion. Have at it!
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Loved loved loved this book. It is the first in the series. Protaganist is believable and likeable. Will definately continue with this series as story was fast paced. Couldn't wait to get to the end.
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Jason Pinter has started on what promises to be a decent series, centering about Henry Parker, a young man destined to make his mark on the world of big-time journalism with a major New York City newspaper. He certainly hits all the beginning mistakes of a young reporter looking to impress: the wrong dress for the office, the quick quips before he has 'earned' the right to be one of the boys, and his desire to impress his superiors to the point of.....getting him deep into a murder investigation. Parker's stumbles through the investigation are certainly believeable and his drive to do the right thing is admirable, if naive. No spoiler alert here, but if you like a straight-forward telling of a story of murder, corruption and big-city newspapering, this is the book for you. I look forward to his developing this character in further tales in Gotham city.
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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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The book for review is “The Mark” by Jason Pinter. The genre is action, adventure and a bit of drama.

Our main character, Henry Parker, is a journalist. He has just landed his dream job at the New York Gazette. Not only is it his place of employment but his idol works there, Jack O’Donnell. A man who was a legend in his own mind and others but it was well-earned. In a short time of working Henry gets a break, to work with Jack. All Henry has to do is get an interview from a source that Jack is working with. Simple, right?

Things go terribly wrong ending up in a man being killed and Henry being blamed for the murder. It does not help matters that the dead man is a cop. The whole city is looking for him. On the run Henry tries to piece together where it all went wrong and how to vindicate himself. With the help of a stranger the two embark on a wild ride.

On my shelf you will find King, Christie, Patterson and Little. I been looking for a “new” author to start reading. Coming across Pinter the back cover made me curious enough to get the book and read it from beginning to end. I am glad I did. Considering this is Mr. Pinter’s first novel is amazing in itself. The pace was great, it slowed down only enough for you to catch your breath and then it picked up again. A great read and I have already purchased the second book with high anticipation.
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