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A riveting and explosive novel, The Kill Clause is a brilliantly inventive tour de force by a powerful new master of suspense.

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

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by William Morrow (first published 2003)
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Peter
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 invulnerable...it is the story of a deputy Marshall g ...more
Katy
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
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Lee
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.
Keri
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
Beth
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
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Kristen
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
Marti
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Carl Alves
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
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.
Marleen
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
Jamie
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
Joy
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.
Don
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.
Brian Stethem
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.
Jan
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.
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.
Michele
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
Excellent; Continuing character: Tim Rackley (first in series); marshall joins vigilante group after his daughter's murderer is set free on a technicality
Martha
a fun thriller about a federal agent who crosses into a vigilante group after his daughter is killed. But then he has second thoughts.
Chuck
The daughter of two cops is savagely murdered. The parents assist in
the investigation but Dad's search takes an unusual tack.
Cathy
A little unrealistic. Needed more emotional building on the grief of parents. I can't put my finger on it but something was lacking.
Mark
What a Team these guys make. Tough, ambitious,determined and street-wise. very entertaining read.
Deborah
I didn't like this as much as some of his later books but still quite enjoyable.
Erin
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.
Nikki Smith
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
Wendy
This was not one of Hurwitz better books. It started out fairly good, but a bit slow. It wasn't the usual can't put down book. Late in the book it took a unexpected surprise and then I couldn't put it down, yet it also seemed to wrap things up into a nice little package too quickly at the end.
Micky Parise
Decent book. Rather long. Good characters and plot. Worth a read if you have time.
Jp
Jul 15, 2008 Jp rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ehrich
Working my way through the Gregg Hurwitz catalog. This is a fairly straight forward mystery/thriller. You can see the author reaching for something different and rising above some of the more formulaic action/thriller genre tropes that he had used in his previous books.

The protagonist, Tim Rackley, and his secondary characters are interesting and in some cases well-developed. The journey of the novel difficult and trying.

A fun ride.

I read that Hurwitz worked on the screenplay for this book and i
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Al Stoess
Sep 22, 2014 Al Stoess rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hurwitz fans.
Violent. Strange theme. Interesting how protagonist went free.
Lisa Lap
This book sucker punches you right in the gut with the opening chapter and never really lets up throughout the entire book. I thought it was a fascinating and heartbreaking read on what it might take for a person to cross a moral line in their lives. As a parent this book delves into our worst nightmares regarding the safety of our children and as a wife of a police officer I could completely find myself empathetic to the emotional roller coaster Tim and Drey found themselves dealing with.

Until
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Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of fourteen novels, most recently Don’t Look Back, You’re Next, The Survivor and Tell No Lies. His books have been nominated for numerous awards, shortlisted twice for best novel of the year by International Thriller Writers, nominated for CWA’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, chosen
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