“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.”–Brian Truitt, USA Today (3.5/4 stars)
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.
Praise for Gun Machine
“GUN MACHINE has a bunch of Ellis’ signature gestures: characters with resonant names or no names at all, nightmarish near-future (and recent-past) gizmos, constant and gleeful vulgarity…The brutal cat-and-mouse game between Tallow and the killer suggests that the chaos of human malice can gum up even law enforcement’s most elegant systems. More deeply, though, GUN MACHINE is about the ways the grimmer parts of America’s history can ooze into the present day, and in particular about the country’s deep, horrible connection to firearms.”–Douglas Wolk, Los Angeles Times
“A pleasingly quirky crime thriller…Tallow is oddly endearing, so single-minded you can’t help rooting for him…There is nothing comic-bookish about [Ellis's] writing, which races along in crisp hard-boiled fashion.”–Charles McGrath, New York Times
“Gun Machine is a novel that 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…[GUN MACHINE] is particularly good, even by the high standards of a Warren Ellis tale.”–Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net
“A mad police procedural just north of the border of dark fantasy. Delightful.” — William Gibson, author of Neuromancer, Pattern Recognition and Spook Country
“From the wrenching violence of its first pages to its bone-jarring conclusion, 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, New York Times bestselling author of A Heart-Shaped Box and Horns
“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, Arthur C. Clark award-winning author of Zoo City and Moxyland
“Hellish fun.”—Ian Rankin, author of Standing in Another Man’s Grave
“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, author of Rule 34, Accelerando and Singularity Sky
“Warren Ellis is one of the greatest writers of my generation not to mention my personal favorite. Gun Machine is a perfect example of why. Fiercely entertaining, compellingly crafted, and filled with big ideas and small that make the writer in me growl: damn, I wish I would’ve thought of that.” — Brian Michael Bendis, writer of The Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Ultimate X-Men
WARREN ELLIS is the award-winning creator of graphic novels such as Fell, Ministry of Space, Planetary, and Transmetropolitan and the author of the novel Crooked Little Vein. He lives in London.