- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Mulholland Books (3 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444730649
- ISBN-13: 978-1444730647
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.4 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gun Machine Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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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)
An apartment full of guns. A hundred unsolved murders. An explosive, utterly unique crime novel from world-famous comics writer Warren Ellis.See all Product description
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The story is slight and largely predictable and relies on an implausible coincidence or two. There is a climatic scene that you can see coming as the elements were introduced and as cheesy as anything on a bad tv cop show. It's a shame, because so many of the details are strong. Ellis excels at characterisation and details, but his overreaching story needs some work.
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