The Inquisitor

The Inquisitor

eBook - 2012
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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 insists 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2012]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781429949941
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (324 pages)

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billmacrotarian
Nov 23, 2013

An interrogator in New York City known only as Geiger with no memory of his past makes a good living getting the truth out of people. All goes well until he is asked to interrogate a boy, which violates one of his rules. Inexplicably he decides to protect the boy and runs afoul of powerful forces. Along the way his past is revealed to him and he becomes self-aware. The Inquisitor is good action/mystery with a few non-sequiturs in it. The timeline doesn't work and some of the premises strain creditability but it's still enjoyable.

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scottekarate
Apr 06, 2013

This book sort of reminded me of that movie The Professional. You know, french guy hitman who gets stuck with Natalie Portman and ultimately sacrifices himself to save the child. Not a bad book at all.

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jimg2000
Nov 13, 2012

Supposed to be a debut by the author but his experience in movie scripts certainly helped to put together an original plot and one central character who was trained by his father to become congenital analgesia like, with ability to suppress severe physical pain. NY Times today (Nov 15, 2012) has an article titled painless, hardly apple to apple association to this story but interesting topic.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/magazine/ashlyn-blocker-feels-no-pain.html?hp&_r=0

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SportyReader
Sep 24, 2012

It's not brilliant or a captivating read but it does have some intrigue. Ending could have been better. But it's a good start for the author to build upon his style for future novels.

rhuber6202 Jun 19, 2012

A different story line-fascinating and easy to read.

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