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The Inquisitor | [Mark Allen Smith]

The Inquisitor

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Mark Allen Smith (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Rick Gmail Santa Monica, CA, US 05-10-12
    Rick Gmail Santa Monica, CA, US 05-10-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Engaging story wrapped in narrative that hooks you"
    Where does The Inquisitor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Inquisitor to and why?

    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.


    What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 04-16-12
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wish it had been longer!"

    Approach with caution: the main character, after all, is a professional torturer. Still, I loved the characters in this book and was so sorry when it ended. Much too short. (A longer story might have also made the character's 'out of character' decision to help more believable.)

    Well written -- at times, quite funny (the description of the torturer's visit to Burger King) -- and a stellar performance by Ari Flakos. I think this is the first time I've heard him read -- will definitely look at what else he's done. And I can't wait for the next book by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-28-12
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "Thrilling Character Driven Story with A Heart"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Inquisitor to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I didn't read the print version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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...


    Which character – as performed by Ari Fliakos – was your favorite?

    I think Ari Fliakos is one of my favorite narrators of all audiobooks. I think he embodies every character to a perfect point.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Cleveland, TN, United States 06-04-12
    Nancy Cleveland, TN, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Unique Heroine!"

    As many Audible Listeners, I am always looking for something "different". I enjoy Mystery Thrillers but after awhile they all seem to follow the same'ole outline of events (you may not know the outcome, but you pretty much know what is going to happen next). I was a bit concerned at first (I like adventure but not a lot of gore) but due to some very good reviews, I took a chance and purchased it. There may be a little "gore" in this book, but it's not over the top and was necessary for the story to be believable. The main character was very unique and you come to understand him, have sympathy for him and root for him. I thought the ending lacked a bit (could have been a little more explanation) but none-the-less it was satisfying. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for something a little different in the mystery thriller genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Clackamas, OR, United States 05-14-12
    Robin Clackamas, OR, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Suspensful and fairly believable"

    Grabbed my attention from the start and kept it throughout. Well-written. Once you accept its premise (which was easy to do for me) it holds together well. Only downsides were its relative brevity and the fact that this appears to be Smith's only novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cecil PORTLAND, OR, USA 03-15-13
    Cecil PORTLAND, OR, USA 03-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Walk on by, just walk on by"

    This book was terrible. The plot was derivative, predictable and, greatest sin of all, boring. The characters were caricatures, with laughably preposterous backstories. The ONLY thing going for this book was the narrator. Oh, Ari, Ari, Ari, I sure hope you got paid big bucks for managing to record this drivel without snorting with laughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Greenport, NY, United States 05-21-12
    Julie Greenport, NY, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure what I was expecting, but found this book rather dull.


    Would you recommend The Inquisitor to your friends? Why or why not?

    Considering all that's out there to read, I wouldn't waste your time on this one.


    Did The Inquisitor inspire you to do anything?

    About all I can say is that I didn't find him as vile as I thought I would.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Lane New York 05-21-12
    Julie Lane New York 05-21-12 Member Since 2006

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure what I was expecting, but found this book rather dull.


    Would you recommend The Inquisitor to your friends? Why or why not?

    Considering all that's out there to read, I wouldn't waste your time on this one.


    Did The Inquisitor inspire you to do anything?

    About all I can say is that I didn't find him as vile as I thought I would.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claus United States 05-14-12
    Claus United States 05-14-12
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    "Promising debut"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Solid debut with a curious and sophisticated take on the traditional chase thriller. Most likeable torturer in history for sure, and a protagonist I would like to learn more about in future books. The storyline was perhaps a bit too single-tracked, but I was entertained the whole way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    patricia Pepperell, MA, United States 08-13-12
    patricia Pepperell, MA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring"
    What did you like best about The Inquisitor? What did you like least?

    I really did not like much about the book, it dragged on and on, like water torture, a drip of information.


    What could Mark Allen Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Move it along, since I was not reading the book itself, I am not sure if it was the book or the more the narrator that bored me.


    Did The Inquisitor inspire you to do anything?

    No a thing, except never listen to Ari Fliakos books, or but a Mark Allen Smith book again.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes the synopsis is intriguing so you take a chance that it will be a good book and experience listening to it, and sometimes you lose, this time I lost. The book dragged, the narrator was a turn off, I did not finish the book, a first for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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