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The Inquisitor

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,650 Ratings  ·  277 Reviews
Geiger's business is extracting information. A meticulous torturer, his methods range from the brutal to the psychologically complex, and he will stop at nothing to get the job done. His clients are referred to him from international corporations, government agencies and organised crime; his skills are in worldwide demand. He calls his company Information Retrieval.Geiger ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published 2012)
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Oct 24, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In The Inquisitor, our protagonist wakes up in New York City with no knowledge of who he is or where he's been, but possesses a keen survival instinct. Managing to get work on construction sites for cash, he eventually gives himself the moniker of Geiger and earns the trust of the local mob. His friends in dark places provide him with the economic means to utilize his true talents and start up his own company in "information retrieval." An unconventional business model, sure, but a man with amne ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Geiger is a torture artist, but he prefers to call his work "information retrieval." He has a special gift in that he can always tell when someone is lying. He also has a soft spot for kids, but he's not aware of how soft that spot is because he has never hung out with any kids. When twelve-year-old Ezra appears in Geiger's "studio," we begin to see a side of Geiger no one knew existed -- including Geiger himself.

The Inquisitor is one darned good debut thriller. Mark Allen Smith has some years
Apr 01, 2016 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Το βιβλίο κυκλοφόρησε στα ελληνικά πριν λίγες μέρες, από τις εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, και δεν άργησα να το αγοράσω και να το διαβάσω. Τις συγκεκριμένες εκδόσεις τις εμπιστεύομαι τυφλά όσον αφορά τα θρίλερ, μιας και κανένα από αυτά που έχω διαβάσει δεν με έχει απογοητεύσει. Το ίδιο συνέβη και με το βιβλίο του Μαρκ Άλεν Σμιθ, το οποίο σίγουρα με άφησε ικανοποιημένο.

Ο Γκάιγκερ είναι ένας επαγγελματίας βασανιστής με ιδιαίτερα μυστηριώδες παρελθόν, άσος στην ανάκτηση πληροφοριών, ο καλύτερος στον τομέα
Miss Clara
Aug 09, 2013 Miss Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was amazing! I love the plot truly.

I have no time to put on a review,this should be a quicky. But I really want a sequel!!

And I want more of Geiger's past. Sure, he's invisible, his dad taught him to embrace pain and all those cuts but it wasn't enough!! Like how did he come up with his name? OR what's he gonna do next? Will he contact Harry? How about his mom? Why he doesn't do kids? He's got no girl? He's not married? And Lily's craziness, I want it to be further explained. >.<

I like
Jul 23, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers/suspense
Recommended to Katy by: Vine
My original review can be seen here.

Please note: I originally read in February 2012; just updating the formatting.

My Synopsis and Story Overview: Geiger has no memory prior to arriving in New York on a bus - he doesn't even know his name. He is, however, able to create beautiful creations through carpentry, and, as it turns out, he has another gift - he is able to tell if someone is lying. He is in the Information Retrieval business - he ... "convinces" people to tell the truth through various m
Jun 01, 2012 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This blew me out of the water. Geiger is in the Information Retrieval business. Or in plain English, he's a professional torturer. But he rarely draws blood. He doesn't need to. He uses the victim's own psyche against him and draws it out until the victim tells the truth. Geiger has one rule, though. He doesn't work on kids. So when a kid is brought in, Geiger entire life plan changes. Geiger is such a fascinating character because he is partially a blank slate, even to himself, and because he k ...more
Emma Sea
You know what this book needs? A good dose of slash.

First half = very good.
There were even two small sections that were absolutely marvellous; kind of restoring my faith in contemporary fiction marvellous.

Second half = weak.
Smith didn't fully utilise all the plot elements he'd so carefully set up in the first half, and despite some nice imagery it fizzles away to something generically ordinary.
Mar 03, 2014 Rayna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Have you ever started a book, movie, album, or even job with a preconceived idea of how it was going to be? This is often a dangerous thing to do. I guess that is a pretty odd statement for someone who is writing a review in order to give the next person an idea of what they are about to start reading. However, I must comment that this formulated, "idea," was the only complaint I had regarding the book, "The Inquisitor," by Mark Allen Smith.
In my mind, "The Inquisitor," was going to be the gor
Jun 22, 2012 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Geiger" (not his real name) is a specialist in information retrieval (i.e., torture). He is the best at what he does. He is also someone who doesn't remember anything about his life before a decade ago. As a result, he is engaged in sessions with a shrink just as two ominous events happen: the increasingly frightening dreams about his former life and involvement with employers who aren't what they claim to be. (The employers claim to be searching for the thief of a priceless work of art. They e ...more
Oct 25, 2012 Raven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time to enter the world of the mysterious Geiger- just Geiger- no other name- a character with layers of secrecy about him that are instrumental to his employment as an Information Retrieval specialist. As the story opens we witness Geiger's more unorthodox techniques to elicit information from imprisoned individuals- quite simply Geiger is a man that can extract the truth but who only works on his terms and at his own behest. He is a damaged individual mentally and physically, the causes of whi ...more
Jan 15, 2012 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Geiger’s mind was sent reeling away from the dark forest, defying the vision’s gravity and seeking refuge beyond it. But what came before him was a floating curtain, and then, as the curtain parted, it revealed the long shelf carrying all his session books: the black binders, the hundreds of Joneses, the thousands of pages filled with strategies and methods, reactions and conclusions. Geiger could see the faces of his subjects, he could hear every epithet and plea ever uttered, every sound a hum ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Nicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot of potential with the torture subject (not to sound weird or anything lol) and the main character Geiger, but in the end it was just a slightly boring cat-and-mouse-game book.
Sep 12, 2011 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Geiger is a professional torturer. He has 3 rules and one of them is - he doesn't do kids. Then 12 yr old Ezra enters the picture. New twist on the thriller genre with this one. Reminded me of Beat the Reaper In that it was a fast read and you weren't sure where you were headed but couldn't wait to get there.
Angel Wilde
Aug 08, 2015 Angel Wilde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I have read a book this fast. I couldn't put it down. So it had to be good. (And it's the author's debut novel. Wow!)
A little on the horrific side with graphic stories of torture, this book is fast paced and thrilling. Geiger, the unlikely hero of the story is an Information Retrieval Specialist with a shadowy past. You'll hate him from the start but then be sympathetic to him in the end.
The book reads as a motion picture in the making. I am sure I will see it as a m
Feb 15, 2015 judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Debut novel that grabbed me instantly. Such things don't last but this one did. Should have made me squeamish but stopped just short to my great relief. Original concept--at least to me. Every time I got that cocky "I know where this is going", I didn't. Still, the twists and turns were not beyond belief in this context. The only problem--I can't imagine a second book using this character. That's ok--once was pleasantly enough. No, I did not add extra points for the cat--but I confess to being t ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be somewhat of a disapointment. I guess I was hoping for a more sophisitcated story like something a LeCarre would write than a run of the mill thriller. Even that would have been OK if it were written with the same descriptive energy that, say, Lee Child uses for his Reacher books.
Geiger is in "the information retrieval" business. He found this calling early in his life, that he was good at extracting information from people through one means or another - psychological or p
I'm very excited to have an Advance Reader's Edition, final copy due out in March.

UPDATE: The hardcover is due out on April 10, 2012 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. I highly recommend this book if you want a unique reading experience. Because I don't have the final print, I am not allowed to quote from the text.

Main character Geiger is a man with a past unknown to himself and a present known to a very few. He is an expert in getting the truth out of his clients's targets, who have information
Robin Rolt
At first, for the first half of this novel, I was truly entranced, and thought it brilliant. Sorry to say, it didn't quite live up to those expectations. The characters of Geiger, and Harry -- who is as necessary to the plot as Geiger is -- are amazing. What might seem at the outset to be a "genre" novel of murder and torture is, in reality, a compelling psychological insight into flawed characters who, at the end, strive to overcome their tragic histories and do good.

That said, where the novel
aPriL does feral sometimes
A new kind of anti-hero, and otherwise a very competent thriller. Geiger can't remember his past. He woke up as a teen on a bus, and immediately began to take care of himself, drawn to certain things like carpentry work. While working in a construction site, and also bedding down there at night, he overhears some trespassers planting bugs in the walls mention names. He goes to the criminal mentioned and asks to be his 'information retrievalist' - torturer - in order to help him find out who betr ...more
Jason Speck
"The Inquisitor" is designed to be the beginning of a new series, and it's a very promising start. Featuring professional torturer, or 'information retrieval specialist' Geiger, one has a hard time imagining author Mark Haskell Smith being able to make him a sympathetic character, and yet he largely succeeds, in part due to an intriguing back story. Geiger seems to have no memory of his past, and his crippling migraines point to a losing struggle to hold back old traumas desperately locked away. ...more
Mar 02, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, I don't even know where to start..

Firstly, I was mesmerized by the type of work Geiger does. Until I read this book, it never even occurred to me that "information retrieval" and the torture it includes is actually a form of art. So many different types and ways to inflict pain - physical, psychological, emotional; its array of creativity knows no bounds.

This book succeeds in questioning the reader's moral to the concept of torture. On the one hand, it is obviously inhumane and wrong, but th
Cathy Cole
Apr 09, 2012 Cathy Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Line: The client sat in an eight-foot-square room staring at a large one-way mirror that offered a view into flat, smooth darkness.

I can see many readers learning that this book is about a professional torturer and immediately deciding not to read The Inquisitor. They just might be making a big mistake because Geiger-- the main character in this excellent debut novel-- is one of the best characters I've come across in a long time.

Geiger is the best in the field of "information retrieval" (
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May 29, 2015 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 or 4 stars .... can't decide.

So, this book is about torture ... or information retrieval as Geiger likes to describe it. Geiger is a professional. He has strict rules. One is, he won't work with children. When he is presented with a 12 year old boy, his first instinct is to walk away. However, he knows that if he doesn't perform his expertise, they will take him to someone who will. So, drastic times call for drastic measures.

I expected this book might be a bit gory (view spoiler)
Apr 26, 2012 Wanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a ride. Never did I think that I would be simpatico with a person whose profession is torture - or in this book - information retrieval. This book grabbed me and never let go until the end. I simply could not put it down. It was non stop action - and not of the tedious car chase variety. The characters were well drawn; flawed and sympathetic. The plot was full of twists and turns. This is the best "guilty pleasure" book that I have read in a long, long time. I didn't give it 5 stars si ...more
Mark Treadway
May 02, 2012 Mark Treadway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read...Could easily be a five star debut novel and you would get no argument here. Strengths lie in the very unique characters--especially Geiger, as well as in the original exploration of Geiger's profession. One of the measures of a great book is when you hate to finish it for fear of missing the characters and that is the feeling you will get with this one..THUMBS UP!
Favorite Line #1: "You know that sensation when you feel like you've hit rock bottom, and you realize you're right wh
Darcia Helle
This thriller examines torture, the people who implement it, and how it's used to get information quickly. The characters are fascinating, if not always likable. The plot is fast-paced and kept me in suspense right up until the wild ending.

Smith holds little back and The Inquisitor is not for the squeamish. Some of the scenes are graphic, but they fit in the context of the story. A few loose ends were left regarding Geiger, the main character, and I wish the details had been given in the end. Al
Dec 29, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith is a unique, interesting, and thought-provoking novel. The story is centered around a fascinating, complex, damaged character called Geiger, who is in the business of "information retrieval" (finding out the truth using torture, primarily psychological). Part of the intrigue of the story is reaching an understanding of how a person could end up being good at torturing others, and Geiger himself struggles with the same issue. He has no memories of his childhood, ...more
Aug 27, 2014 IronBlossom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say that I really liked this book (surprise, right, could have looked at the 4 stars for that!) for a couple different reasons, particularly the anti-heroes of both Geiger and Harry. I wasn't really a huge fan of the "twist" or the ending, but the characters themselves were very well fleshed out and relatable, as well as human and significantly flawed.

The "Blurb": Geiger, the protagonist, is an interrogator, essentially, and he doesn't mind venturing very, very far into the torture categ
Thomas Bruso
May 31, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning, we are introduced to a shadowy, unknown figure known as the Inquisitor, a man who tortures the truth out of people. But the way Geiger gets his vics to open up to him is sometimes gruesome to read. But it is who Geiger is--or is it?

Geiger is an unusual character in fiction today. No question. With sharp prose and searing imagery, author Mark Allen Smith has created a believable protagonist, keeping you immersed in the goings-on of this peculiar character and his secluded life.
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