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The Inquisitor: A Book

A thriller by Mark Allen Smith about an "information retrieval" specialist.

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Geiger is the Best At What He Does

  • May 9, 2012
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+4

Gieger is great at what he does.  He is an expert at "information retrieval," meaning he uses a combination of physical and mental means to garner secrets from people.  He has set up a business with his partner Harry who is good with computers.  The two agree to take on a job to find out what an art dealer has done with a stolen painting.  At the last minute the client substitutes the dealer's 12 year old son as the one to work on.

Geiger decides this is too much and attacks the client and takes the boy away to someplace safe.  This sets off a chain of events and Geiger and Harry find out that the people wanting the boy interrogated are very dangerous.

The book is a study into the mind set of Geiger and what made him into the "cold fish" he is.  It is intriguing to know what happened and though the author provides some clues, we do not know all.  Also, Harry has a sister who is now mentally incapacitated and we would like to know a lot more as to what happened to her and how it influenced Harry.  The author sets up a great tale with tension that builds to the end and it is the fact that I wanted to know more about the main characters that stopped me from giving it a full five stars.

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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, The Inquisitor is a completely unique thriller that introduces both an unforgettable protagonist and a major new talent in Mark Allen Smith.
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