Gun Machine (Paperback)Warren Ellis (author)
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This morning Detective John Tallow was bored with his job.
Then there was this naked guy with a shotgun, and his partner getting killed, and now Tallow has a real problem: an apartment full of guns. Old guns. Modified guns. Arranged in rows and spirals on the floor and walls. Hundreds of them.
Each weapon is tied to a single unsolved murder. Which means Tallow has uncovered two decades' worth of homicides that no one knew to connect and a killer unlike anything that came before.
Tallow's bosses don't want him to solve the case. The murderer just wants him to die. But there's a pattern hiding behind the deaths, and if Tallow can figure it out he might even make it out alive.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 414 g
Dimensions: 233 x 155 x 24 mm
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 *
A mad police procedural just north of the border of dark fantasy. Delightful. * William Gibson *
GUN MACHINE never lets go of the reader and never flags in its relentless pace. In the course of 300 tightly wound pages, Ellis unloads a full clip of ideas, black humor, character, and copper-sheathed action scenes. Every sentence is a bullseye. * Joe Hill *
Underneath the pyrotechnic prose lies a perfectly paced mystery thriller. Ellis gets it so right. * Mike Carey *
Sharp, dangerous, beautifully observed... Some things about Warren Ellis's writing never change, including - I imagine - his ability to make even maniacs worry that they're boringly sane. * Jon Courtenay Grimwood *
GUN MACHINE is packing heat: wonderfully demented misfits, killer dialogue, a helluva story. Warren Ellis is a twisted genius and this is his grittiest, sexiest, and best work by far. * Lauren Beukes *
GUN MACHINE redraws the crime map of Manhattan; Ellis's bizarre, febrile imagination and mordant wit makes a serial killer thriller for a new century. * Charles Stross *
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“Dark and gritty and wonderful.”
I hope Warren Ellis makes a series based around John Tallow because i would read them all. I am not usually a fan of crime but this was so different from anything i had read before! And the bad guy of the novel? Very... More
I'm a massive fan of Ellis' previous book so I had high hopes for this one - I was not disappointed.
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