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A New York Times Bestseller

A 2014 Indies Choice Award Honoree for Adult Fiction

Selected for the January 2013 Indie Next List

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’ body of work has been championed by Wired for its “merciless action” and “incorruptible bravery” and has steadily amassed legions of diehard fans. His newest audiobook 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.

Editorial Reviews

“A mad police procedural just north of the border of dark fantasy. Delightful.”

William Gibson, New York Times bestselling author of Neuromancer

“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

“Hellish fun.”

Ian Rankin, author of Standing in Another Man’s Grave

“Underneath the pyrotechnic prose lies a perfectly paced mystery thriller. Ellis gets it so right.”

Mike Carey, author of The Devil You Know

“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 AvengersUltimate Spider-Man, and Ultimate X-Men

“Warren Ellis’ work displays a knack for mad hilarity, merciless action, dark cynicism, and incorruptible bravery.”

Wired

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

Gun Machine redraws the crime map of Manhattan; Ellis’ bizarre, febrile imagination and mordant wit makes a serial killer thriller for a new century.”

Charles Stross, author of Rule 34

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    A gritty, weird crime novel of NYC

    Samuel May 12, 2014
    This was my first of Ellis’ novels, though I’ve some experience with his graphic novels, and narrator Cathey was also pretty much new to me, as while I’d seen him in supporting roles in a few films (Se7en, The Machinist) I haven’t yet tackled “The Wire” or “Oz”. I found his gravelly voice an absolutely perfect fit for the grit of this NYC-set novel of a spectacularly, spectacularly fucked-up serial killer and his “Gun Machine”. Like they do, an unconnected event which results in his partner’s death leads Detective John Tallow to discover an apartment whose walls are a tapestry of bizarre guns, set in whirling patterns. Each one — every single one — is linked to an unsolved murder. And the more Tallow digs, with the help of a motley pair of investigative and ballistics agents, the deeper — and higher — the trail leads. The description of the novel teases a bit about “deals with the devil” and “Manhattan’s old gods” but the novel’s text doesn’t straddle any such mimetic/fantastic lines. We are solidly in the underbelly of humanity, real enough to bite and not absurd enough to disbelieve. The only personal misstep for me — other mileages may vary — was the tone-deafness and repetition of a joke about being autistic; the overall “Machine” came into perfect lock and step for me. On a personal note: I think with this novel and audiobook, I began to discover a real shift in my reading, a willingness to chase story off the genre map for a while and see where it goes. Since, it’s led to some excellent places, and I certainly intend to keep up with the print/ebook publisher Mulholland Books’ line after a string of successes (The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, Austin Grossman’s You, Joe Lansdale’s Edge of Dark Water last year) whether the books fall into the speculative fiction world (Beukes) or not (Grossman, and Lansdale, whose latest book The Thicket was published in September from Mulholland).
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning creator of graphic novels such as FellMinistry of SpacePlanetary, and Transmetropolitan and the author of the novel Crooked Little Vein. His graphic novel RED was adapted into the #1 hit film of the same name starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. He lives in southern England.

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