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The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith
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Apr 11, 12

Read from January 05 to 08, 2012

This book is a smack between the eyes. It grabs you and drags you on a wave of action until the thrilling conclusion. Mark Allen Smith marks his place in the thriller genre with ease.

Close up on the protagonist Geiger, a man with a talent for getting answers and knowing if he is given a lie or the truth. Geiger is at the top of his game as an “information retrieval” specialist. He is sought out by the most powerful people to extract confessions and secrets. Those around him including his business partner Harry Boddicker constantly try to figure Geiger out. A quiet man with a guarded manner who speaks with a voice that is silken and without inflection, he rarely blinks and walks with just a little lean. Geiger works within a “code of ethics” in which he extracts information in any way he can avoiding the drawing of blood and the number one rule is he never works with children, ever.

Boddicker brings a “rush job” to Geiger. The client has a small window of time to find out where a valuable stolen item is located. Against his better judgement Geiger accepts, he normally requires diligent investigation into a job before agreeing to take it on. When the client arrives Geiger finds him demanding the interrogation of a twelve-year-old boy. Going into protection mode Geiger takes the boy and whisks him off to the safety of his loft apartment until he can figure out what to do.

The inquisitor now finds himself on the other end of the retrieval business. He has to find the reason the client needs the information from the boy before he, the boy, and his partner become victims of Geiger’s brutal opponent.

Mark Allen Smith has crafted a debut novel that puts him in the big leagues. He has brought an unexpected spin on the thriller that makes this a must read.

Reviewed for Suspense Magazine
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