My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Warren Ellis reimagines New York City as a puzzle with the most dangerous pieces of all: GUNS.
After a shoot-out 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 die hard 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.
(by Mulholland Books)
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.
Even as an experienced crime (fiction) reader I was impressed by the story’s jump start. The plot is cleverly elaborated without losing its grip on the reader’s mind. Tallow, Scarly, and Bat are forced to work together. Three opposite characters welded together by their fight against the unknown enemies..
The ‘Hunter’ is quite a character, changing between being reasonable and totally nuts in the wink of an eye.
Warren Ellis (http://www.warrenellis.com/) has a special gift: he makes the reader see and/or even feel what the respective protagonist sees and or feels.
A must read for all crime fans.
Another thriller featuring Tallow, Scarly, and Bat would be very welcome.
Gun Machine as a movie?! Absolutely – as long as the right director is involved it might be Oscar-worthy.
My statement on reading is described in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Gun Machine“? Or – if you did not yet read “Gun Machine” – are you now interested?
My question for you cinephiles:
If “Gun Machine” was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to your comments.