Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

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16 Critic Reviews

Gun Machine gives the fast paced, visceral detective story a sublime new treatment.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

Warren Ellis reimagines New York City as a puzzle with the most dangerous pieces of all: GUNS.

After a shootout 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 diehard 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.
 

About Warren Ellis

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Warren Ellis is a comics and graphics novel writer best known for the graphic novel series TRANSMETROPOLITAN, PLANETARY and THE AUTHORITY. With over thirty-five graphic novels in print, Ellis has received numerous acclaims including Winner of the International Horror Guild award for graphic narrative and being named one of Entertainment Weekly's 100 Most Creative People. Rolling Stone described his work as, "more influenced by Jesus and Mary Chain than by the JUSTICE LEAGUE, while his characters fight for left-wing agendas over God and country, and kick puppies in the street."
 
Published January 1, 2013 by Mulholland Books. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Gun Machine
All: 16 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 27 2012

The high concept doesn't entirely cohere, but more crime fiction could stand to overreach like this.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Charles McGrath on Jan 02 2013

The novel turns into a more or less traditional police procedural, that is, and the resolution is violent but predictable...old standbys — corrupt police and greedy Wall Streeters — also turn out to be involved.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by James Smyth on Jan 31 2013

...a magnificently entertaining gun held to the head of the crime thriller genre.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Dec 03 2012

While the novel has the basic structure of a cat-and-mouse serial killer thriller, Ellis does a fine job of adding a highly unusual spin on the genre.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Darren Carlaw on Jan 01 2013

Gun Machine gives the fast paced, visceral detective story a sublime new treatment.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Phil Dyess-Nugent on Dec 31 2012

It’s the perfect book to start reading during an airplane flight; it can be finished by the time the plane lands, and left behind in the luggage rack without regret.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Sneddon on Jan 06 2013

...a perfectly flawless crime book with a feral glint in its eye.

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Brian Truitt on Dec 28 2012

...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.

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Macleans

Good
Reviewed by Brian Bethune on Feb 01 2013

It’s a crystal meth police procedural with exquisite pacing and dialogue..

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Chicago Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Robbins on Jan 25 2013

...a gory, gun-crazy explosion of adrenaline psychopathy.

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Jeremy Lynch

Good
Reviewed by Dan Malmon on Dec 28 2012

I loved Gun Machine, and reading this book has me headed to my Local Comic Shop for collections of his earlier work that I haven’t read in years.

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The Coast

Good
on Jan 18 2013

There can be few better or more original crime novels this year.

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Boing Boing

Excellent
Reviewed by Cory Doctorow on Jan 01 2013

Gun Machine is a novel that never stops to draw breath...this is particularly good, even by the high standards of a Warren Ellis tale.

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io9

Excellent
Reviewed by Annalee Newitz on Feb 04 2013

It's a zippy bit of grisly fun, and you won't come away disappointed.

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Time Out Chicago

Good
Reviewed by Noah Cruickshank on Dec 27 2012

...a harrowing read that both examines the repercussions of post-colonial America and dives deep into a technology-heightened near-future.

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Mystery People

Good
Reviewed by Chris Mattix on Jan 11 2013

For my money Gun Machine is a great crime story and one that should appeal to long-time fans of Warren Ellis’ work, and anyone who enjoys the genre.

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