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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregg Hurwitz Narrator: Peter Friedman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tim Rackley Series Release Date: August 2004 ISBN: 9780060786403
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Kill Clause is a buzzsaw spiral into the darkness of lawless men hiding within the law and the damage they do in the name of justice. Gregg Hurwitz perfectly realizes the gritty, hair-trigger world of the US Marshal’s elite Arrest Response Team with some of the most intense action scenes I have ever read, counter-pointed beautifully by the heart-wrenching story of a father’s horrifying loss. This book is the real deal.”

    Robert Crais, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A tough, engaging, and morally complex work that grabs you early and never lets you go. Hurwitz knows a cop’s world inside and out. Every page bristles with authenticity. I highly recommend it.”

    Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Kill Clause is like a literary Law & Order, without the commercials. Bottom Line: Killer read.”

    People

  • “A killer thriller, rich in both adrenaline-pumping action and thought-provoking issues of vigilantism, power, and the moral dilemmas of those sworn to uphold the law. Hurwitz’s prose is muscular yet intelligent; he draws characters well, and he unrolls action scenes with amazing vividness…[A] fine, intense, often un-put-downable tale.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[Hurwitz’s] fast-paced plotting will keep readers riveted. Tim is a promising series hero, with his multitude of skills and conflicted loyalties, and Hurwitz is off to a fine start with this first installment.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Few writers can so tightly structure a book…Hurwitz is already past the stage where he might patronizingly be compared with other masters of the genre. The Kill Clause demonstrates that it’s not too soon to start using him as a comparative touchstone.”

    Mystery News

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Sherer | 2/19/2014

    " Gregg Hurwitz is a master of the thriller. The first in the Tim Rackley series, Kill Clause explores vigilantism, the law, justice and morality within the tight, tense constraints of the genre, all while its protagonist is learning to grieve for his murdered child. Top off a page-turning story with truly amazing writing and emotions so true you feel Hurwitz must have gone through something similar and you have the makings of a terrific book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/7/2014

    " Great suspense. Didn't want to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 2/4/2014

    " This was an awesome thriller. I loved this book. I felt so so sad for Rack, the way he lost his daughter. The writing made me feel his pain. And the action was a kicker! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 2/2/2014

    " I ended up listening to the abridged audio version. It was good but felt I was missing the color. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat Wedertz | 1/15/2014

    " will make a wonderful movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roslyn Miller | 1/14/2014

    " edge of your seat reading, very intense at times but enjoyable.....Im needing something a little light to read next.....great author.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom Eckles | 1/9/2014

    " Reminiscent of movie "Star Chamber" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 12/30/2013

    " Its above average in the mystery/thriller/action genre but the vigilante stuff and the justification/above the law stuff just drove me nuts. I might have been better off with a different one of his stories (unless vigilante-ism is a common theme for Hurwitz?) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 12/30/2013

    " Fast paced, intricate emotional twists, hard to put down. Definitely must read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patty | 12/1/2013

    " Kinda had it figured out 1/4 of the way through the book. Ending too unrealistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 11/20/2013

    " Tim Rackley is a hero of our times, teetering on the edge of vigilantism and duty to country. Sad and riveting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/3/2013

    " What a Team these guys make. Tough, ambitious,determined and street-wise. very entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 7/18/2013

    " Gregg Hurwitz is one of my new favorite thriller writers (thank you Julie).This was a good story with interesting characters. I can't wait to see what happens with them in the second book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skip | 5/11/2013

    " Tim Rackley, a U.S. marshal, quits to pursue the kidnapper/murderer of his young daughter. He is recruited by a group to review cases where justice did not prevail, with solving his daughter's case at the end as bait. However, his moral compass prevents him from completing the executions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 4/3/2013

    " A little unrealistic. Needed more emotional building on the grief of parents. I can't put my finger on it but something was lacking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/21/2012

    " A little grisly for my liking, though the last 100 pages were hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L.W. Patricks | 9/2/2012

    " A fun popcorn book. Won't enrich your life but I respect what Mr. Hurwitz is doing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Stethem | 7/14/2012

    " Very exciting, thoughtful, and fun to read. I liked getting to know the main characters. They felt real, as opposed to so many one finds in thrillers. This was my first book by Hurwitz. I am definitely reading more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Midge | 12/24/2011

    " Another good book by my favorite author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'c | 7/1/2011

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Tim Rackley (first in series); marshall joins vigilante group after his daughter's murderer is set free on a technicality "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 12/7/2010

    " I couldn't get into this book probably because I didn't feel any real emotion when his child was murdered. Was a bit disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 12/1/2010

    " The Kill Clause is an interesting book. The story did not hang together as well as it could have (some mighty big plot holes in my opinion) but it was not only entertaining but also thought-provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will seek out more books by the same author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 11/6/2010

    " I didn't like this as much as some of his later books but still quite enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 9/20/2010

    " will make a wonderful movie! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patty | 9/18/2010

    " Kinda had it figured out 1/4 of the way through the book. Ending too unrealistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skip | 6/4/2010

    " Tim Rackley, a U.S. marshal, quits to pursue the kidnapper/murderer of his young daughter. He is recruited by a group to review cases where justice did not prevail, with solving his daughter's case at the end as bait. However, his moral compass prevents him from completing the executions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 4/10/2010

    " The daughter of two cops is savagely murdered. The parents assist in
    the investigation but Dad's search takes an unusual tack.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 1/6/2010

    " Its above average in the mystery/thriller/action genre but the vigilante stuff and the justification/above the law stuff just drove me nuts. I might have been better off with a different one of his stories (unless vigilante-ism is a common theme for Hurwitz?) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 9/9/2009

    " Fast paced, intricate emotional twists, hard to put down. Definitely must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 9/7/2009

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Tim Rackley (first in series); marshall joins vigilante group after his daughter's murderer is set free on a technicality
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 2/4/2009

    " This was an awesome thriller. I loved this book. I felt so so sad for Rack, the way he lost his daughter. The writing made me feel his pain. And the action was a kicker! "

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About the Author
Author Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of Orphan X, You’re Next, and The Program, among others. His books have been nominated for numerous awards, short-listed for best novel of the year by International Thriller Writers, nominated for CWA’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, chosen as feature selections for all four major literary book clubs, honored as Book Sense picks, and translated into twenty languages. In addition to writing novels, Hurwitz also writes comics for DC and was a consulting producer on ABC’s television series V. He holds a BA in English and psychology from Harvard and a master’s degree from Trinity College, Oxford. He lives in Los Angeles.