Gun Machine, by Warren EllisGenre: Crime Thriller
Published January 3rd 2013 by Mulholland Books
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I'm going to try to review this book, but it's unlikely that I will be able to give it as much credit as I believe is due. Gun Machine is probably the best crime thriller novel I've read all year. And I've read some awesome books.
With the first few words of Gun Machine, I was hooked. All the way through the whole book, I couldn't get enough of it: The clever dialogue, the awesome characters, the nerve-wracking plot, the twists and the turns... I was really upset when it was over. I wanted about a thousand more chapters with Bat and Scarley and John Tallow. But the end was fitting and I loved it.
If you like adventure, crime thriller, excitement, or just a really awesome story, you need to pick up Gun Machine immediately.
Content: Violence and language. Ages 18+
Audio: The reader for this audio book, Reg E. Cathey, was amazing: He had the deepest voice I think I've ever heard, and it was perfect for the book. Not only that, he was a good reader. I'm adding him to my list of favorite readers.
Summary: (from goodreads)
Warren Ellis reimagines New York City as a puzzle with the most dangerous pieces of all: GUNS.
After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for twenty years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose.
Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers that he's walked into a veritable deal with the devil. An unholy bargain that has made possible the rise of some of Manhattan's most prominent captains of industry. A hunter who performs his deadly acts as a sacrifice to the old gods of Manhattan, who may, quite simply, be the most prolific murderer in New York City's history.
Warren Ellis's body of work has been championed by Wired for its "merciless action" and "incorruptible bravery," and steadily amassed legions of diehard fans. His newest novel builds on his accomplishments like never before, announcing Ellis as one of today's most daring thriller writers. This is twenty-first century suspense writ large. This is GUN MACHINE