The Inquisitor Hardcover – 12 Apr 2012
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'This is a stunning debut from an American screen-writer that is original, horrifying and yet utterly compelling… Multi-layered, with a delicate plot that asks readers to question their own morals when it comes to torture… it paints a subtle, horrifying portrait of how easy it is to justify torture. Not for the faint-hearted, but as compelling, dramatic and moving as a Goya painting when it comes to the depiction of pain' --Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
'The danger with a strong protagonist is that he overpowers the plot. Smith understands this, giving him enough human qualities to offset his blank ruthlessness and give us occasional insights into Geiger's damaged brain via the flashbacks that accompany his migraines. The result is one of the most original debut thrillers since SJ Watson's Before I Go To Sleep' --Guardian
About the Author
Before writing his first novel, Mark Allen Smith spent ten years as a television investigative news producer and documentary producer-director, and over twenty years as a screenwriter. He lives in New York City with his partner and three children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
When their client Matheson asks Geiger to work on twelve-year-old Ezra to discover what's happened to secrets stolen by Ezra's father, Geiger instead rescues the boy. But doing so puts Geiger and Harry in terrible danger because Matheson's at the heart of a conspiracy that will do anything to protect itself. Now Geiger and Harry must discover the client's secrets for themselves, even though doing so means risking their lives ...
Mark Allen Smith's debut novel is a conspiracy thriller that revolves around an anti-hero torturer. If you can get past the fact that you're being asked to root for someone who hurts and terrifies people, then this is a perfectly competent story that rockets along at a fast pace. Unfortunately, I found the glorification of torture to be distasteful and it stopped me from really engaging with the story.
The big weakness is actually Geiger, a taciturn loner with a limp whose mysterious past is so absurd as to be laughable. Geiger's focus on psychological rather than physical torture didn't endear him to me (especially as he's not above using physical pain as a last resort). His superhuman resilience defied credibility and it's not until he experiences torture from the sharp end that he rethinks his life choices.Read more ›
I read a review of The Inquisitor in a national newspaper at the weekend and purchased it for my kindle on Monday. Finished it on Wednesday. I was a little concerned at the beginning because the main character is a torturer. I love thrillers but, as a woman, was not sure how I would cope with any graphic chapters. In the event I had to put the book down just once for a few minutes and when I started to read again the passage was soon over so the book doesn't try to shock at all although it is extremely dark at times.
The main character, Geiger, is in the IR business - Information Retrieval. He is a damaged contract torturer who has few rules. One of them being that he never works with children. Inevitably one of his "Jones" turns out to be a child and the plot develops from there. It races along and takes you with it all the way. I really didn't want it to end but couldn't wait to read the end.
The book left me with so many questions. Not about the plot, which tied up all the loose ends but about the characters and about me:-
Did the events change the main characters or were they too far down the line to change?
Did Geiger and Harry meet again?
How ever did Ezra cope with all this?
How can I possible care so much about a fictional contract torturer?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A tough job and subject for the main character, but I loved the way his routine was upset in such a colossal way. Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2014 by Agni
This is the first Mark Allen Smith book I have read and I couldn't put it down. I will definitely been buying more off his books.Published on 31 Dec. 2013 by Mrs Dawn Wanda Clarke
This reader dislikes thrillers with systematic application of torture as a major topic. This debut was awarded 4 stars on Amazon's UK and US websites by other readers. Why? Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2013 by Alfred J. Kwak
I noticed a review in my newspaper for this book so when I was given a kindle for my birthday this was my first download
I rate this book very good and can't wait for his next... Read more