by Warren Ellis
New York City. Officer John Tallow and his partner respond to a naked man wielding a shotgun in a run down apartment building. Quickly, the situation turns deadly and Tallow’s partner pays the ultimate price. In the aftermath, the crime scene unit discovers a barricaded door of a nearby apartment. After forcing their way they discover a huge cache of guns. Subsequent investigation determines these guns have been used in years’ of unsolved murders. Tallow and his crime scene investigation team also determine that they possess guns which have a connection to past notorious and nefarious characters in New York’s past. Tallow must wade through the cases to find a devious and prolific killer who is adapting to the abrupt change in his lifestyle, and whose schemes are ever evolving.
This story went so much deeper than an investigator tracking a gun freak. With each chapter I sunk into deeper and more complex levels. There are connections to when the Indians lived on the land, a security company, and a financial corporation. I loved the puzzle.
John Tallow: New York City detective, likes to read, smokes, thrifty
The Hunter: killer who owns the gun cache, doesn’t use pre-paid cell phones but likes to use public pay phones
Andrew Machen: owner of Vivesy a company involved in finance, wide shoulders, chest, snake hips
Good depth and intensity to the characters. Even the minor and supporting characters are vividly imagined. They work well to show how evil The Hunter is and how determined Tallow is.
Good voices. Conversations stay on point and none last too long but those centering on the clues were just enough to keep me interested.
I listened to the audio version. Profanity. Various lengths of chapters. Phrasing is precise, intense even in the ‘down’ times. This could be due to the narrator’s voice, the inflection and tone. Action is on target, no wandering, not quite emotionless, but not filled with an over emphasis on feelings, especially on The Hunter’s part. This is good because it shows more of that character’s personality and thought processes. I was hoping for more connections to history but what was there was intriguing.