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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.

©2003 Gregg Hurwitz; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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loss of a child/vigilante justice

The brutal murder of their 7 year old daughter leads to the father's resignation of his career as a Deputy Marshall. The father then joins a group who claims to play "judge, jury, and executioner" when the justice system fails to do so. Only, he finds out more

It's good, but not his best (the others will blow you away). His novels get better as he writes. I like the Evan Smoak serious 5x more- those are take your breathe away good.

The narrator has FANTASTIC voices= it's shocking how different some of the voices/accents/annunciations are. very good narrator.

If you like 007/CIA type of action... you'll like this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great action . Great story. Great listen.

As always Hurwitz did not disappoint me. Fun, moving, thrilling and satisfying. I loved it.

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Fast moving!!!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

This would b a pretty good action movie. Yes, I'd go c it.

Any additional comments?

This book was pretty fast moving,so when they give info its fast. If u didnt catch something it just gets lost.
The narrator is OK does voices well.

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  • Deb Payne
  • Castle Rock, CO, United States
  • 08-27-12

A Good WhoDunnit

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A good book, a little slow to start, but picked up and got very interesting.

What other book might you compare The Kill Clause to and why?

"You're Next" is another Hurwitz book that's even better, especially in audible format. A bit long, but gripping.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A little over the top for me

This book in my opinion could have ended up in Science Fiction. Main plot over the top for me.

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  • CB
  • 06-10-17

Intense story

Could not turn it off. Well written by Mr. Hurwitz and narration by Mr. Friedman.

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not his best effort

I love listening to this author. he writes great stories. books like don't look back and orphan ex were fantastic. this book however, seemed hurried and unsubstantiated. I felt the narrator did a good job.

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The Star Chamber but not as Good. Skip it.

What would have made The Kill Clause better?

Pretty weak effort by the author. More realistic members of the commission would have made the story more believable.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Probably a Great Classic so I can reset my brain.

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Friedman’s performances?

I would not avoid him but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Kill Clause?

I would have completely redone the ending.

Any additional comments?

I have read a number of Hurwitz books now. Most are not based on an original premise. You can find better adaptations on Netflix.That isn't necessarily bad if the book is entertaining. This book is a poor man's Star Chamber. His book The Orphan is an entertaining Equalizer. The Program is similar to Holy Smoke and Split Image. The Survivor is a good book that is original, at least to me.

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  • David
  • Fort Wayne, IN, United States
  • 10-17-13

Super Disappointed

Would you try another book from Gregg Hurwitz and/or Peter Friedman?

Yes, Tell No Lies was an amazing book, so I expected this would become one of my favorite authors, but after this, I am not sure I will even try him again.

What could Gregg Hurwitz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not made everything so cliche. Could have developed the story more, and less action. Seemed to jump from action scene to action scene without much explanation.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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