The Inquisitor

The Inquisitor

Book - 2012
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He is a professional torturer with a strict code. A mysterious past. And a dangerous conviction that he can save the life of an innocent child, in Mark Allen Smith's The Inquisitor .

Geiger has a gift: he knows a lie the instant he hears it. In his business, called "information retrieval" by its practitioners, Geiger's expertise is priceless. His clients count on him to extract the truth from even the most reluctant subjects. Though he rarely sheds blood, Geiger does employ a variety of complex psychological methods to push his subjects to a place where pain takes a backseat to fear--at which point there's no turning back...

"As disturbing as it is compelling."-- The Washington Post

One of Geiger's only rules is that he never works with children. So when his partner, former journalist Harry Boddicker, brings in a client who demands that Geiger interrogate a twelve-year-old boy, Geiger responds instinctively. He removes him to the safety of his New York City apartment and promises to protect him at all costs. But what could one boy know that could bring him so much harm? As Geiger and Harry race to discover why their client is so desperate to learn the boy's secret, theyfind themselves up against a ruthless adversary--one who will stop at nothing to achieve his means. And time is running out...

"[Geiger is] one of the most utterly distinctive protagonists in a recent thriller, and one of the most unexpectedly sympathetic."-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co. : St. Martin's Paperbacks, c2012
ISBN: 9781250050434
9780805094268
0805094261
Branch Call Number: F SMI NVD
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 25 cm

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billmacrotarian
Nov 23, 2013

An interrogator in New York City known only as Geiger with no memory of his past makes a good living getting the truth out of people. All goes well until he is asked to interrogate a boy, which violates one of his rules. Inexplicably he decides to protect the boy and runs afoul of powerful forces. Along the way his past is revealed to him and he becomes self-aware. The Inquisitor is good action/mystery with a few non-sequiturs in it. The timeline doesn't work and some of the premises strain creditability but it's still enjoyable.

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scottekarate
Apr 06, 2013

This book sort of reminded me of that movie The Professional. You know, french guy hitman who gets stuck with Natalie Portman and ultimately sacrifices himself to save the child. Not a bad book at all.

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jimg2000
Nov 13, 2012

Supposed to be a debut by the author but his experience in movie scripts certainly helped to put together an original plot and one central character who was trained by his father to become congenital analgesia like, with ability to suppress severe physical pain. NY Times today (Nov 15, 2012) has an article titled painless, hardly apple to apple association to this story but interesting topic.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/magazine/ashlyn-blocker-feels-no-pain.html?hp&_r=0

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SportyReader
Sep 24, 2012

It's not brilliant or a captivating read but it does have some intrigue. Ending could have been better. But it's a good start for the author to build upon his style for future novels.

rhuber6202 Jun 19, 2012

A different story line-fascinating and easy to read.

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