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The Kill Clause

Written by: Gregg Hurwitz
Narrated by: Peter Friedman
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

What the critics say

"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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  • Ashley
  • 2017-05-25

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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  • Mrs. Brandy Healy
  • 2016-12-07

not his best effort

I love listening to this author. he writes great stories. books like don't look back and orphan ex were fantastic. this book however, seemed hurried and unsubstantiated. I felt the narrator did a good job.

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  • VictoryRider
  • 2016-02-07

The Star Chamber but not as Good. Skip it.

What would have made The Kill Clause better?

Pretty weak effort by the author. More realistic members of the commission would have made the story more believable.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Probably a Great Classic so I can reset my brain.

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Friedman’s performances?

I would not avoid him but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Kill Clause?

I would have completely redone the ending.

Any additional comments?

I have read a number of Hurwitz books now. Most are not based on an original premise. You can find better adaptations on Netflix.That isn't necessarily bad if the book is entertaining. This book is a poor man's Star Chamber. His book The Orphan is an entertaining Equalizer. The Program is similar to Holy Smoke and Split Image. The Survivor is a good book that is original, at least to me.

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  • Catherine J. Pondozzi
  • 2017-10-03

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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  • David Kindell
  • 2018-11-13

Did not realize it was abridged

Story is great, but I was disappointed to realize is bought an abridgement. Feels like important parts are missing.

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  • David
  • 2013-10-17

Super Disappointed

Would you try another book from Gregg Hurwitz and/or Peter Friedman?

Yes, Tell No Lies was an amazing book, so I expected this would become one of my favorite authors, but after this, I am not sure I will even try him again.

What could Gregg Hurwitz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not made everything so cliche. Could have developed the story more, and less action. Seemed to jump from action scene to action scene without much explanation.

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  • Kitty
  • 2012-08-25

Sorry...

The good ratings swayed me into buying this book. Deja vu "The Chamber" with a twist. I found this book difficult to get through. I normally finish the books that I download in just a few days. This relatively short book took me over a week to finish. Since I have enjoyed this author in the past I will try him again. I just couldn't connect with this one.

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  • Kim Possible
  • 2019-11-28

Great Listen

This is a great story, and the beginning of a action packed series! I downloaded and listened to them back to back.

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  • Lynn Palmer
  • 2018-04-10

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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  • Teddy
  • 2017-12-03

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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