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    Warren Ellis(Author)

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.

A magnificently entertaining gun held to the head of the crime thriller genre (Guardian)GUN MACHINE sees Ellis grab hold of the mainstream by its windpipe and demand acceptance; a perfectly flawless crime book with a feral glint in its eye. (Independent on Sunday)If only other police procedurals had half the gumption and imaginative power of this novel. (Big Issue)A dazzling oasis in the desert of grimly identical police procedurals (Financial Times)Sick, slick and very funny...[Ellis] doesn't need pictures to create his gripping, grave new world (Daily Telegraph)'[Ellis] turns to conventional crime fiction with startling success...powerful writing and vast imagination' (The Times)Ellis tackles the police procedural, although it's bloodier and more intriguing than any episode of Law & Order or CSI, and arms it with gallows humor, high-tension action scenes and an unlikely hero. (USA Today)Just about everything in GUN MACHINE, Warren Ellis's dark but pleasingly quirky crime thriller, is a little bit off, not quite what you'd expect...In his way Tallow is almost as weird as the hunter, and yet he's also oddly endearing, so single-minded you can't help rooting for him. (New York Times)Never stops to draw breath. It's a monster of a book, bowel-looseningly scary in places, darkly uproarious in others, and remorseless as the killer who hunts in its pages...particularly good, even by the high standards of a Warren Ellis tale. (Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing)Hellish fun (Ian Rankin)A mad police procedural just north of the border of dark fantasy. Delightful. (William Gibson)GUN MACHINE never lets go of the reader and never flags in its relentless pace. In the course of 300 tightly wound pages, Ellis unloads a full clip of ideas, black humor, character, and copper-sheathed action scenes. Every sentence is a bullseye. (Joe Hill)Underneath the pyrotechnic prose lies a perfectly paced mystery thriller. Ellis gets it so right. (Mike Carey)Sharp, dangerous, beautifully observed... Some things about Warren Ellis's writing never change, including - I imagine - his ability to make even maniacs worry that they're boringly sane. (Jon Courtenay Grimwood)GUN MACHINE is packing heat: wonderfully demented misfits, killer dialogue, a helluva story. Warren Ellis is a twisted genius and this is his grittiest, sexiest, and best work by far. (Lauren Beukes)GUN MACHINE redraws the crime map of Manhattan; Ellis's bizarre, febrile imagination and mordant wit makes a serial killer thriller for a new century. (Charles Stross) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Book details

  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Warren Ellis(Author)
  • Mulholland Books; 01 edition (1 Jan. 2013)
  • English
  • 4
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
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  • By Orinoco on 31 March 2014

    This was my first time reading a book by Warren Ellis & I regret to say I wasn't impressed. The story started well and kept my interest until about half way. Then it became predictable and relied on co-incidences to keep the plot going. The supporting characters were uninteresting and reminded me of 1) comic characters & 2) characters from American police TV programs. A good point was the linking of present and past Manhattan. However, this wasn't enough to save the story.

  • By Clay Mann on 3 December 2015

    I'll try not to spoil any of the book with this review. I started reading it without any knowledge at all of what it was about. Only that Warren Ellis had written it and that was all I needed to give it a shot. I'm not a big Warren Ellis fan, I just knew he was highly regarded in the comic book world. I'm now officially a fan as this was a terrific read. If you can go into this without knowing anything and just trust that the author knows how to write a great story with vivid characters, I feel sure you'll love it too. The quality of the writing is really special. Often in a fast paced thriller, an author can get bogged down in detail or just not provide enough to really bring scenes to life. Warren doesn't seem to struggle with this at all. In fact he's able to move the story along while keeping me visually aware of where I am almost constantly.Maybe I'm just a poor reader but for me its not enough to just understand what's happening, I need to see it and shape what's happening as the author provides more information. I quite often lose track. Game of Thrones is a great example of a book I only rarely managed to conjure up easily in my imagination, the rest of the time I was playing catch up. The Girl on the Train is another book I just read that has this same quality of an author who is so accomplished and in control that they can unfold a story visually for the reader and hold them within it. Misery by Stephen King was another that managed that so well. Warren manages it so well too that I'm left disappointed there isn't a huge body of work for me to just go and snap up to get another fix.So what's the book about? It's a violent ride with just enough humour to warm you to flawed characters but also to keep your spirits up among the carnage that is so eloquently described. It's a thrilling story but a little too short. Once the world had been established, characters in place and plot firing along, I really wanted it to be a bigger story, an epic, like with Lee Childs novels, I wanted to ride along with Jack Reacher again in book after book. Instead I'm just going to leave this review and go and eat up his graphics novels and see how enjoyable they are.

  • By Nick Goodchild on 25 July 2013

    I really, really wanted to love this book. I could damn it with faint praise and say it is a better book than Warren Ellis' first novel, but it's just too anaemic.The story is slight and largely predictable and relies on an implausible coincidence or two. There is a climatic scene that you can see coming as the elements were introduced and as cheesy as anything on a bad tv cop show. It's a shame, because so many of the details are strong. Ellis excels at characterisation and details, but his overreaching story needs some work.

  • By TMR on 9 March 2013

    Incredible concept, great characterisations - good and bad -and a really well-constructed story that pulls you in and won't let you go.

  • By absentbabinski on 8 April 2013

    If you know Warren Ellis' other works, then you know you're in safe hands.if you don't, then be prepared to go on a journey that reminds you how much you enjoy detective stories and how much you don't know about New York.

  • By G. Davies on 4 March 2013

    Warren Ellis' second book seems more mainstream than the fetishpulp of his first (crooked little vein). But only until you realise that the veneer of procedural cop fiction covers a heart of near future weird. Brilliant

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