April 10, 2012

The Inquisitor - A Novel by Mark Allen Smith

Book Summary:  Geiger has a gift: he knows a lie the instant that he hears it.  In his business, called Information Retrieval by its practitioners, that gift is invaluable.  One of Geiger’s rules is that he never works with children.  So when his partner, former journalist Harry Boddicker, unwittingly brings in a client who demands that he interrogate a 12-year-old boy, Geiger responds instinctively.  He rescues the boy from his captor, removes him to the safety of his NYC loft, and promises to protect him from further harm.  But if Harry & Geiger cannot quickly discover why the client is so desperate to learn the boy’s secret, they themselves will become the victims of an utterly ruthless adversary. 

Mark Allen Smith’s debut novel is an exhilarating experience through the mob world, NYC, and the life of a professional torturer.  Geiger doesn’t remember his childhood and has disturbing nightmares, so he is seeing a psychiatrist. He doesn’t talk much, doesn’t have any friends and keeps to a routine.  Then, his world is turned upside down when a client brings a child to him.   

The plot and characters keep the reader engaged in the book and you can’t wait to find out about Geiger’s childhood, who is after them, and why!   A great novel I highly recommend, especially if you love mystery thrillers!    4 out of 5 stars

I received an ARC from the author's publisher for an honest review.

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