A spectacularly original thriller about a professional torturer who has a strict code, a mysterious past, and a dangerous conviction that he can save the life of an innocent child....
Geiger has a gift: he knows a lie the instant he hears it. And in his business - called "information retrieval" by its practitioners - that gift is invaluable, because truth is the hottest thing on the market.
Geiger's clients count on him to extract the truth from even the most reluctant subjects. Unlike most of his competitors, Geiger rarely sheds blood, but he does use a variety of techniques - some physical, many psychological - to push his subjects to a point where pain takes a backseat to fear. Because only then will they finally stop lying.
One of Geiger's rules is that he never works with children. So when his partner, former journalist Harry Boddicker, unwittingly brings in a client who demands that Geiger interrogate a twelve-year-old boy, Geiger responds instinctively. He rescues the boy from his captor, removes him to the safety of his New York City loft, and promises to protect him from further harm. But if Geiger and Harry cannot quickly discover why the client is so desperate to learn the boy's secret, they themselves will become the victims of an utterly ruthless adversary. Mesmerizing and heart-in-your-throat compelling, Mark Allen Smith's The Inquisitor is a completely unique thriller that introduces both an unforgettable protagonist and a major new talent.
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Engaging story wrapped in narrative that hooks you
It was a surprisingly strong top tier read - story and narrator. Wasn't sure I'd like it but couldn't wait to jump back in on my commute each day to see how it all turned out.
It falls into the Mitch Rapp/Vince Flynn camp - shorter, not as in depth in detail but certainly a fast read with the elements of suspense, revenge and the depths the inquisitor goes to for the truth.
I liked it - took a bit to get used to as the narrator was a new voice for me - but it worked well as it adopted the persona of the key players in the story arc.
Parts made me squirm but not to the point of distraction from the overall story. Just enough to bring you into the inquisitor's mind and persona in full support of the story.
- Rick R.
Thrilling Character Driven Story with A Heart
I don't know. I didn't read the print version.
The first two thirds of the book were written well, and were very interesting, but weren't actually all that "thrilling." I don't mean this as a critique. It did not detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. I'm just stating facts. I think that the entire first part was a great build up to the climax -- where all the excitement and fear and mystery happened.
The last third of the book was extremely intense. It did keep me wanting to listen...
I think Ari Fliakos is one of my favorite narrators of all audiobooks. I think he embodies every character to a perfect point.
I think the part where our anti-hero, Geiger, has his "breakthrough" is especially engrossing. It was both sad and intense at the same time. It was well past my bedtime, but I couldn't stop the book. I had to listen to the end of that section. I felt awful and empathetic and scared all at the same time.
I wouldn't have bought this book if Ari Fliakos wasn't the narrator. Meaning, the only reason the book came on my radar was because I was searching his name. I'm glad i happened upon it, because it was an exciting and intense story about an extremely interesting character with a dangerous and kind of sickening job.
- Beth Anne