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The Kill Clause (Tim Rackley #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  946 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Tim Rackley is a dangerous man of honor, a deputy U.S. marshal who is very good at his job—until everything he believes in is shattered by the brutal murder of his own daughter.

Betrayed by an imperfect judicial system, Rackley watches helplessly as the killer walks free on a legal technicality. Devastated, furious, and burning with a righteous need for vengeance, he is sud
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published August 19th 2003 by William Morrow & Company (first published 2003)
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Jan 06, 2010 Katy rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a series featuring Tim Rackley, a Deputy US Marshall. His wife is a sheriff's deputy. This book opens with the discovery of their 7 year old daughter's body. The book is primarily an action/suspense story, and Hurwitz keeps the pages turning very well. I was impressed by the job he did with the deeper story; the marriage, friendships, jobs...His writing is terrific.

I've recently re-read a few books in the series, and they hold up well against authors like Michael Conne
Apr 05, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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US Marshall Tim Rackley is one, efficient, clever, resourceful fighting machine...when he needs to be. After he and Dray his wife ( a sheriff) find out their young daughter is murdered, the rest of the story at times has some gut-wrenching moments. Their own thoughts and their battle to get through it together, and try to save their marriage.
The action and technology devices keep this fast paced thriller moving along. An impressive start to this series.
Aug 15, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
I think this is my new favorite book for the year....only took me until August to find one!

The book opens with "Rack" and his wife Dray, who are both in law enforcement, finding out that their 7-year-old daughter has been found murdered. Her killer was rushed through a trial, and even though he confessed, he gets off because he is found to be deaf to the point that he has to read lips.....when they merandized him, his back was turned to the officer, and so the whole case was thrown out of court
Oct 06, 2012 Peter rated it liked it
I have heard good things about Gregg Hurwitz and his style as a thriller writer and this book, in the process apparently of being turned into a movie, seemed like a good place to start. It's not bad...lots of techno-porn with an advisory at the end about how he has changed certain details in the interest of public safety...lots of brave heroes and oddly differentiated bad guys...a tolerable level of violence and at least the hero doesn't seem is the story of a deputy Marshall g ...more
Aug 02, 2010 Marti rated it it was ok
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Tom Tischler
Nov 21, 2015 Tom Tischler rated it it was amazing
Tim Rackley is a man of honor and a deputy US Marshall who is very
good at his job but everything that he believes in is shattered by the
brutal murder of his daughter. Betrayed by an imperfect judicial
system he watches helplessly as a killer walks free on a legal tech-
nicality. Devastated and furious he is forced to explore his own options
which leads him to a group called the Commission. This is a vigilante
group made up of people like him forced to confront the failings of a legal system the set
Feb 24, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
The Kill Clause is an interesting book. The story did not hang together as well as it could have (some mighty big plot holes in my opinion) but it was not only entertaining but also thought-provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will seek out more books by the same author.
May 15, 2013 Don rated it liked it
The murder of a young child left me sickened and quite bothered in reading this novel. Though, the story was fast paced right to the very end, it was built upon this murder and how it was disturbingly portrayed throughout the book.
Tim and Dray Rackley are my fictional superheros. Tim is a U. S. Deputy Marshall, as well as ex-military, and Dray works for the Sheriff's Dept. Up to this point their lives had been ideal. But their world is shattered when their daughter is viciously murdered. Now I don't know of a scenario that one can write about that could be worse. Plus, I have a daughter that at the time I read the book was the same age. I won't lie it was gut-wrenching, but I stayed with the book and I am so glad that I d ...more
Sep 08, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-thriller, 2013
This is the series that started it all for Gregg Hurwitz. In the Kill Clause, we're introduced to Andrea and Timothy Rackley. They just lost their little girl to a brutal murder. Both of them are U.S. Deputy Marshals, when this tragedy strikes home. Their grief takes them apart and gives them a brief separation from the pain. When there's a travesty of misjustice due to a technicality, the killer gets out scot-free. And things gets interesting from there, when we watch Tim quit his job and later ...more
Carl Alves
Apr 09, 2014 Carl Alves rated it liked it
In The Kill Clause, a group of ex-cops and others form a vigilante execution squad. They find where injustices have been performed and the perps that have been able to escape justice from the system, and execute their own justice. They recruit Tim Rackley, a county sheriff and former US Marshall and Special Forces operative who recently lost his own child in a homicide. Rackley agrees and begins to take out some of these targets. He’s disgusted by the Mastersons, a pair of brothers who are also ...more
Michael Sherer
May 01, 2012 Michael Sherer rated it really liked it
Gregg Hurwitz is a master of the thriller. The first in the Tim Rackley series, Kill Clause explores vigilantism, the law, justice and morality within the tight, tense constraints of the genre, all while its protagonist is learning to grieve for his murdered child. Top off a page-turning story with truly amazing writing and emotions so true you feel Hurwitz must have gone through something similar and you have the makings of a terrific book.
A seven year-old girl is murdered on her birthday driving her police officer parents to despair. A pedophile is arrested the same day and slips up by suggesting that "he wasn't supposed to kill her," and that someone told him not to suggesting there was an accomplice to the kidnapping. U.S. Deputy Marshall, Tim Rackley, wants to know who else was involved in the disappearance of his daughter Ginny. After being suspended for a good shooting due to media publicity, Marshall Rackley is lost and con ...more
Apr 05, 2016 Donkic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secondo incontro con Hurwitz e seconda soddisfazione. Sto Gregg (con due g...mah) è proprio bravo. L'ho letto in inglese, in parte per scelta e in parte perché l'Italia è tipo il buco nero della buona letteratura commerciale, dove roba che va dal molto bello all'onestamente professionale non verrà mai pubblicata. Sono abbastanza abituato a leggere in inglese, ma devo dire che l'uso frequente di slang e termini tecnici mi ha creato qualche problema. Nulla che non si possa risolvere con qualche ri ...more
Brian Stethem
Feb 23, 2013 Brian Stethem rated it really liked it
Very exciting, thoughtful, and fun to read. I liked getting to know the main characters. They felt real, as opposed to so many one finds in thrillers. This was my first book by Hurwitz. I am definitely reading more.
Oct 19, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it
Gregg Hurwitz is one of my new favorite thriller writers (thank you Julie).This was a good story with interesting characters. I can't wait to see what happens with them in the second book.
Barbara B.
Jun 18, 2013 Barbara B. rated it really liked it
Had read 3 others by this author, so decided to read the series with a particular character (as I love to do)-----really liked it!! So will continue on with the next 3 in this series.
Feb 04, 2009 Michelegg rated it really liked it
This was an awesome thriller. I loved this book. I felt so so sad for Rack, the way he lost his daughter. The writing made me feel his pain. And the action was a kicker!
Joe O'c
Sep 07, 2009 Joe O'c rated it really liked it
Excellent; Continuing character: Tim Rackley (first in series); marshall joins vigilante group after his daughter's murderer is set free on a technicality
Jun 23, 2013 Martha rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
a fun thriller about a federal agent who crosses into a vigilante group after his daughter is killed. But then he has second thoughts.
Apr 10, 2010 Chuck rated it it was amazing
The daughter of two cops is savagely murdered. The parents assist in
the investigation but Dad's search takes an unusual tack.
Aug 13, 2012 Cathy rated it liked it
A little unrealistic. Needed more emotional building on the grief of parents. I can't put my finger on it but something was lacking.
Sep 30, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
What a Team these guys make. Tough, ambitious,determined and street-wise. very entertaining read.
Nov 29, 2012 Deborah rated it liked it
I didn't like this as much as some of his later books but still quite enjoyable.
Jul 28, 2015 Marleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’ve become a huge fan of Gregg Hurwitz. So far I’ve only read more recent work so I decided to start the Tim Rackley series that the author started in 2004. Well, let me just say that I haven’t been so emotionally disturbed by a story in a long time. The heinous murder of their 7-year old daughter, Ginny, tilts Tim and his wife Dray’s world upside down. Each of them coping with the loss and all their feelings in different ways. As a reader, you discover that Tim and Dray are loving parents, gen ...more
Jun 28, 2014 Erin rated it liked it
This was a fast-paced thriller with compelling themes of justice and vengeance. I have enjoyed other books by this author, but this one appealed to me less for two reasons: the horrific crime committed against a little girl, an event at the heart of the story; and the level of detail about the weaponry, explosives, etc. If you don't mind those sorts of things it was a good thriller otherwise.
Sharon Chase
Mar 27, 2016 Sharon Chase rated it really liked it
A fairly good read, very detailed movements by the hero and lots of twists. Long wait to get to the final outcome, but I am headed for the next in the series, am hoping it moves a lot faster. The plot is very sad from the beginning and it keeps the reader empathising with the characters until the last few chapters.
Nikki Smith
Apr 21, 2014 Nikki Smith rated it it was ok
I read one of gregg hurwitz's later novels first and loved it so thought I would go back and start reading from his first one. Like some other reviewers I found this book rather tedious though knew there was a decent story in there somewhere, which is the only reason I struggled through to the end. Hopefully the next one I attempt is better
Aug 23, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a LONG time to read and I thought it would never end, but I did enjoy the details as to "how" although I clued in to the "whodunit" early on. Definitely an intriguing, clever and enjoyable read. I don't think I'll be reaching my goal this year as far as #of books read. Apparently this year is all about reading 500+ -page books that take a week at a time to get through, instead of my usual two-books-per-week pace. This is going to be 50+-book year, instead of the usual 100+. Definitely lo ...more
Ed Schmidt
Nov 07, 2015 Ed Schmidt rated it really liked it
Tim Rackley, US Marshall and married to Andrea Rackley LA County Deputy Sheriff, is devastated by the brutal murder of his daughter. The murderer is set free by a technicality. Tim resigns from the Marshals and is sucked in to joining "The Commission", a group of vigilantes who are determined to take out all of the scum who have escaped justice on technicalities. Along the way, Things begin to fall apart as Tim learns he was coerced into joining and is determined to make things right. A little s ...more
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