Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review: GUN MACHINE by Warren Ellis

Gun MachineA shotgun blast rains a hail of brain matter and blood down on a single cop who later makes it his mission to rid the world of a maniac collector of sorts, obsessed with weapons owning the bodies of murder victims.

John Tallow, a NYPD Detective isn't the typical protagonist in what, on face value, looks like a traditional police procedural. Warren Ellis gives his broken and semi-recluse lead character a voice unlike many detectives I've read in the genre. Perception is key in Tallow's competency, drive, and general policing. Ellis does a great job at making the reader believe one thing only then to take them on a journey as Tallow evolves along with the very personal case he's assigned.

In GUN MACHINE, Tallow looses his long time partner after responding to call of a naked man brandishing a shotgun. Little did he know this was to be the start of something much sinister; the origin of events which leads to triple digit homicides and a deeply disturbed killer.

Accompanying Tallow are two CSU members who add some much needed comic relief while still playing a key role in the serious nature of the novel. Bat is a nerd/genius, Scarly is a bullish yet endearing character who has steal balls and an iron will (except around her wife). Both add a little something extra to the case and end up forming a great team with Tallow, one I hope readers see much more of.

Without delving into the story too much, I can say that GUN MACHINE has all the makings of being the start of a very promising cop series. The characters are well developed with a sense of history and context within the law enforcement community, while the events of GUN MACHINE are sure to have a ripple effect.

Fans of the police procedural and noir will revel in GUN MACHINE's well plotted and enjoyable story. 

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