By Gregg Hurwitz
(HarperTorch, Mass Market Paperback, 9780060731458, 400pp.)
Publication Date: August 2006
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The maestro of pulse-pounding suspense delivers an explosive new white-knuckle thriller featuring deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Rackley -- a lawman driven by honor, morality, and a thirst for justice. The leader of one of the country's most violent biker gangs, Den Laurey should have been behind bars. But thanks to a daring escape on an L.A. freeway, several deputy marshals are dead and Laurey is riding free. Rackley, back on the Service's warrant squad, is in hot pursuit of the outlaw and his ruthless gang -- with a media whirlwind and the entire Los Angeles law-enforcement community driving him.
Just when Laurey is within his grasp, circumstances force Rackley to let him go -- with devastating results. A few miles up the road, a sheriff's deputy is attacked: Tim's pregnant wife, Dray. Driven by guilt, Tim vows to hunt Laurey down -- a search that will lead him into a dark world of deception and lies, a world of criminals and undercover cops, drugs and mutilation. And the key to the violent puzzle lies in the discarded corpses of women -- women for whom Tim must seek justice when no one else will. With the stakes rising, Tim must unravel a horrifying secret and confront a deadly terror that reaches from the back alleys of Mexico to the poppy fields of Afghanistan ... and threatens to explode on the dark streets of L.A.
Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed author of The Tower, Minutes to Burn, Do No Harm, The Kill Clause, The Program, and Troubleshooter. He holds a B.A. in English and psychology from Harvard University and a master's degree from Trinity College, Oxford University. He lives in Los Angeles.
“Hurwitz has been tapped as a younger, hipper Grisham…he certainly delivers in terms of pure, propulsive readability.”
“Hurwitz again shows that he is a remarkable crime fiction writer, a solid member of the genre’s top echelon”
“Grounded in character and believable detail, Hurwitz’s thriller engages on every level.”
“Fascinating…intriguing…Filled with well-drawn characters, meticulous research and pulse-pounding action…easily one of the best thrillers of the year.”
“Extraordinarily satisfying...A gripping read from start to finish.”
“A cut above the usual thriller, with a cast of intriguing and complex characters who never fall into stereotype.”
“Tough, true, well–written, and memorable as Hell. Dray and Tim Rackley are uniquely believable and sympathetic heroes.”
“Gregg Hurwitz handcuffs you to his story and holds your emotions hostage. Once you enter THE PROGRAM, there’s no leaving.”
“A white–knuckle journey…A compelling, riveting, dead–smart thriller…If you haven’t discovered Gregg Hurwitz yet, get to a bookstore!”
“A rip–roaring thrill ride… A stick to your fingers read by a novelist at the top of his game.”
-Stephen J. Cannell
“THE KILL CLAUSE is like a literary Law & Order, without the commercials. Bottom Line: Killer read.”
“THE KILL CLAUSE is a white knuckle thriller of the first order. Smart, with a little twist of the wicked.”
-Joe R. Lansdale, author of The Bottoms and A Fine Dark Line
“Likable and sympathetic…Hurwitz’ hero is fully realized…A shadowy operative named Ed Pinkerton is the most intriguing character in the book.”
“In this adeptly researched, well–constructed tale about science gone awry…The action comes fast and steady.”
“Hurwitz is a brilliant storyteller…He has written a fast–paced plot with nicely defined characters.”
“Enticing…a smoothly written, gripping fabric of believable incidents, ethical questions and changing relationships.”
“Engaging…Spier is an appealing character…Gregg Andrew Hurwitz can write. He has a bright future ahead of him.”
-Cozies, Capers & Crimes
“Compelling…Gregg Hurwitz is the heir apparent to Robin Cook.”
“…the perfect blend of suspense, pacing, strong storyline, compelling characters, and a villain who will knock your socks off.”
“…a terrifying and savage descent into the darkest corners of evil and madness.”
“…a spooky, surprising and unsettling thriller. Good character, a suspenseful plot and a shock of an ending.”
-T. Jefferson Parker
“…a gripping page–turner…that sticks in mind long after the last page is turned.”