The Kill Clause by Gregg Hurwitz
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A riveting and explosive novel, The Kill Clause is a brilliantly inventive tour de force by a powerful new master of suspense.

Tim Rackley is a dangerous man of honor, a deputy U.S. marshal who is very good at his job—until everything he believes in is shattered by the brutal murder of his own daughter.

Betrayed by an imperfect judicial system, Rackley watches helplessly as the killer walks free on a legal technicality. Devastated, furious, and burning with a righteous need for vengeance, he is suddenly forced to explore his own deadly options—a quest that leads him into a shadowy no-man's-land between justice and the law . . . and into the welcoming fold of "the Commission."

A vigilante group made up of people like him—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 as he is dragged deeper into a deadly morass of hidden agendas and murderous justice, Tim Rackley discovers that playing God is an excruciating and 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 his marriage, his career, his life, his soul . . . and everything left that's worth fighting for.


About Gregg Hurwitz

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Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of twelve novels, most recently, You're Next, They're Watching, and Trust No One. His books have been translated into twenty languages. In addition, he is a screenwriter, television producer, and writes for Marvel and DC Comics. He lives in Los Angeles.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 576 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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In time, Tim himself will see the thing clearly, but by then the die will have been cast.

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But Rackley suspects the Commission of fuzzy logic after one unclear target assessment leads two of the Commission (a murderous pair of bulked-up ex-cop brothers called, none too subtly, the "Mastersons") to go on a rampage, invoking the Commission's "kill clause"—the immediate (and brutal) disso...

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Tim is offered membership into the Commission, a shadowy group of five men and one woman, all professionals in their respective fields, all of whom have watched the murderers of loved ones go free.

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The Kill Clause, Gregg Hurwitz's fourth novel, is all about navigating those treacherous ethical gray areas: to use a .357 or to rely on a simple, pelvis-crushing groin punch?

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