The Kill Clause

  • by Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by Peter Friedman
  • 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tim Rackley, a deputy U.S. marshal, watches helplessly as his daughter's killer walks free on a legal technicality. He is suddenly forced to explore his own deadly options, a quest that leads him into the welcoming fold of "The Commission". A vigilante group made up of people like himself, relentless streetwise operators who have each lost a loved one to violent crime, the Commission confronts the failings of a system that sets predators loose to hunt again, cleaning up society's "mistakes" covertly, efficiently, and permanently. But Rackley soon discovers that playing God is a fearsome task. When his new secret life starts coming unwound at an alarming speed, he is suddenly caught in the most terrifying struggle he has ever faced, a desperate battle to save everything left that's worth fighting for.

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What the Critics Say

"Hurwitz's deft descriptions of Tim's methods of disappearing, breaking-and-entering, and stealing identities are convincing, and his fast-paced plotting will keep readers riveted." (Publishers Weekly)

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A very good read

If you could sum up The Kill Clause in three words, what would they be?

Conspiracy, scheming deception


What did you like best about this story?

I like not really knowing which the book was going


Which scene was your favorite?

I guess my favorite scene was towards the end when the main character had his back up against the wall - and got out of the situation


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, no extreme reactions


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- Cecil

Interesting Summer Read

I call this a summer read because the plot and characters are only mildly interesting. It reads like a script for an action movie--entertaining but not a book that you will remember vividly a month after reading it.

On the other hand, it might spark some debates over dinner about the potential flaws in our justice system. Many books look at how innocent people are wrongly convicted and this book looks at the opposite perspective with interesting consequences.
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- Carole "Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-25-2004
  • Publisher: HarperAudio