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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316187402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316187404
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A magnificently entertaining gun held to the head of the crime thriller genre (Guardian)

GUN MACHINE sees Ellis grab hold of the mainstream by its windpipe and demand acceptance; a perfectly flawless crime book with a feral glint in its eye. (Independent on Sunday)

If only other police procedurals had half the gumption and imaginative power of this novel. (Big Issue)

A dazzling oasis in the desert of grimly identical police procedurals (Financial Times)

Sick, slick and very funny...[Ellis] doesn't need pictures to create his gripping, grave new world (Daily Telegraph)

'[Ellis] turns to conventional crime fiction with startling success...powerful writing and vast imagination' (The Times)

Ellis tackles the police procedural, although it's bloodier and more intriguing than any episode of Law & Order or CSI, and arms it with gallows humor, high-tension action scenes and an unlikely hero. (USA Today)

Just about everything in GUN MACHINE, Warren Ellis's dark but pleasingly quirky crime thriller, is a little bit off, not quite what you'd expect...In his way Tallow is almost as weird as the hunter, and yet he's also oddly endearing, so single-minded you can't help rooting for him. (New York Times)

Never stops to draw breath. It's a monster of a book, bowel-looseningly scary in places, darkly uproarious in others, and remorseless as the killer who hunts in its pages...particularly good, even by the high standards of a Warren Ellis tale. (Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing)

Hellish fun (Ian Rankin)

A mad police procedural just north of the border of dark fantasy. Delightful. (William Gibson)

GUN MACHINE never lets go of the reader and never flags in its relentless pace. In the course of 300 tightly wound pages, Ellis unloads a full clip of ideas, black humor, character, and copper-sheathed action scenes. Every sentence is a bullseye. (Joe Hill)

Underneath the pyrotechnic prose lies a perfectly paced mystery thriller. Ellis gets it so right. (Mike Carey)

Sharp, dangerous, beautifully observed... Some things about Warren Ellis's writing never change, including - I imagine - his ability to make even maniacs worry that they're boringly sane. (Jon Courtenay Grimwood)

GUN MACHINE is packing heat: wonderfully demented misfits, killer dialogue, a helluva story. Warren Ellis is a twisted genius and this is his grittiest, sexiest, and best work by far. (Lauren Beukes)

GUN MACHINE redraws the crime map of Manhattan; Ellis's bizarre, febrile imagination and mordant wit makes a serial killer thriller for a new century. (Charles Stross) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An apartment full of guns. A hundred unsolved murders. An explosive, utterly unique crime novel from world-famous comics writer Warren Ellis.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this.

While in its theme the book is loosely a police procedural, it's actually a lot odder and more interesting. The premise is simple. A disenchanted policeman in (possibly near future?) New York City stumbles on an apartment in a condemned building that contains hundreds of guns. There are guns everywhere - on the floors and the walls, arranged in bizarre patterns. Each has, it seems, been used to kill recently: but also, to commit a historic murder.

Our detective should have been sent off duty after a traumatic incident. Instead, he's assigned to investigate this stockpile of murder - with no partner, and almost no resources (he's allocated the most truculent and obstructive forensics team imaginable). Has he been set up to fail?

It's a short book, but Ellis packs in a lot of compelling mystery. What's the relationship between the old Native American trackways of Manna Hatta island and the streets of modern New York City, built over them? How do the strange information pathways of the finance industry relate to both? And how do the killings arise from these? What is the killer's purpose? What is the point of the gun collection?

We see the reaction of the killer to the loss of his hoard of weapons, and Ellis almost makes him a sympathetic figure - until one horrific scene which brings home the savagery of what's been going on. The whole story is set against a background of constant, random and gruesome crime called in over our cop's radio, giving an almost apocalyptic sense of societal disintegration as a counterpoint to the killings which are the focus of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TMR on 9 Mar. 2013
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Incredible concept, great characterisations - good and bad -
and a really well-constructed story that pulls you in and won't let you go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By absentbabinski on 8 April 2013
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If you know Warren Ellis' other works, then you know you're in safe hands.if you don't, then be prepared to go on a journey that reminds you how much you enjoy detective stories and how much you don't know about New York.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Davies on 4 Mar. 2013
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Warren Ellis' second book seems more mainstream than the fetishpulp of his first (crooked little vein). But only until you realise that the veneer of procedural cop fiction covers a heart of near future weird. Brilliant
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Reluctantly lone-wolf cop gets landed with a mystery (and a puzzle) that no one wants to touch. A lot of them don't want him to touch it either but he finds a determination in himself that he didn't know was there. The principal antagonist's mind moves ethereally between Native American Mannahatta and contmeporary/near future Manhattan and the history lesson is fed nicely though the narrative and not dumped. His characters are colourful (the women are great and strong), there is humour, and a tech type that takes you through some clever uses through to the solve. Good, pacy book. I'll read more of Ellis.
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I'd been half-expecting another 'Crooked Little Vein' when I bought this, so I was surprised to find myself reading a more or less conventional (although solidly crafted and well-executed) crime thriller. I'm not usually a fan of the genre, but Ellis's style and storytelling skills won me over, and - although I didn't devour this novel as voraciously as I did 'CLV' - I was still very glad I read it. While it lacks the shocking and absurdist elements that flavoured a lot of Ellis' other writing, there's no arguing that it nonetheless tells a compelling story with aplomb and originality.
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I really enjoyed this book and wished I could have give it more stars but for the future if Warren Ellis wants to be a mainstream writer he needs to improve the linkage between the story segments; there was just too much left to assumption. When I read he had a strong following in the comic world I could see why he wrote the story the way he did but it is a big jump I suspect from comic readers to serious crime equivalent. I loved the hero and his two eventual sidekicks made for a very enjoyable read and if he choses, a useful team for any future books involving our downtrodden hero.
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By m on 26 Jan. 2013
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Solid. Funny. Gutsy. Entrancing. When Warren Ellis writes, be it a graphic novel or some fiction, you know that you'll have fun, you'll crave the next story bit like oxygen, you'll leave the book richer than before you started reading it. Crooked little vein was slightly a funnier read because it went OTT, Gun machine is more consistent, but never less tasty. A crazy cop - serial killer confrontation involving an apartment completely covered by deadly guns, a two-way hunt in the heart of NYC. Read on!
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