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Summary

Tim Rackley, a deputy U.S. marshal, watches helplessly as his daughter's killer walks free on a legal technicality. He is suddenly forced to explore his own deadly options, a quest that leads him into the welcoming fold of "The Commission".

A vigilante group made up of people like himself, 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 Rackley soon discovers that playing God is a 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 everything left that's worth fighting for.

©2003 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Hurwitz's deft descriptions of Tim's methods of disappearing, breaking-and-entering, and stealing identities are convincing, and his fast-paced plotting will keep readers riveted." ( Publishers Weekly)

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The Nowhere Man and Orphan X by the same author are both superb. This one is okay but not in the same league.

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  • Cecil
  • 11-09-14

A very good read

If you could sum up The Kill Clause in three words, what would they be?

Conspiracy, scheming deception

What did you like best about this story?

I like not really knowing which the book was going

Which scene was your favorite?

I guess my favorite scene was towards the end when the main character had his back up against the wall - and got out of the situation

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, no extreme reactions

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  • Lynn Palmer
  • 10-04-18

Love this author!

Great narrator, captivating story. Enjoyed this book tremendously. I am reading all his books and so far so great!

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  • Catherine J. Pondozzi
  • 03-10-17

A little over the top for me

This book in my opinion could have ended up in Science Fiction. Main plot over the top for me.

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  • Ashley
  • 25-05-17

loss of a child/vigilante justice

The brutal murder of their 7 year old daughter leads to the father's resignation of his career as a Deputy Marshall. The father then joins a group who claims to play "judge, jury, and executioner" when the justice system fails to do so. Only, he finds out more

It's good, but not his best (the others will blow you away). His novels get better as he writes. I like the Evan Smoak serious 5x more- those are take your breathe away good.

The narrator has FANTASTIC voices= it's shocking how different some of the voices/accents/annunciations are. very good narrator.

If you like 007/CIA type of action... you'll like this.

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  • Clifford
  • 01-03-17

Great action . Great story. Great listen.

As always Hurwitz did not disappoint me. Fun, moving, thrilling and satisfying. I loved it.

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  • KellyEliza
  • 10-12-15

Fast moving!!!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

This would b a pretty good action movie. Yes, I'd go c it.

Any additional comments?

This book was pretty fast moving,so when they give info its fast. If u didnt catch something it just gets lost.
The narrator is OK does voices well.

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  • Deb Payne
  • 27-08-12

A Good WhoDunnit

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A good book, a little slow to start, but picked up and got very interesting.

What other book might you compare The Kill Clause to and why?

"You're Next" is another Hurwitz book that's even better, especially in audible format. A bit long, but gripping.

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  • James W.
  • 09-02-18

Enjoyable thriller that was a bit choppy

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would expand the book in places. I found myself checking a few times if this was an abridged version because the book can come across as a bit choppy. Sometimes it seemed like I had inadvertently skipped a section.

If you’ve listened to books by Gregg Hurwitz before, how does this one compare?

This has the same absorbing mystery and tension, and a relatable protagonist. I think that this was one of his earlier books and I think he improved somewhat in his later books, at least in terms of overall plot pacing.

What about Peter Friedman’s performance did you like?

His voice and tone were very well suited to this genre.

Was The Kill Clause worth the listening time?

Definitely yes. It was a great escapist listen.

Any additional comments?

Be careful attention to all the names and characters as there are a lot and it was difficult to keep track of them all at first.

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  • Teddy
  • 03-12-17

Not surprised at how much I enjoyed

the story; I'm always leery of new readers...in this case performance I liked him...he did a great job on all the voices. I like when I can tell who is talking (or thinking) by the voice.

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  • CB
  • 10-06-17

Intense story

Could not turn it off. Well written by Mr. Hurwitz and narration by Mr. Friedman.