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The Kill Clause de Gregg Hurwitz
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The Kill Clause (edição: 2004)

de Gregg Hurwitz (Autor)

Séries: Tim Rackley (1)

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A riveting and explosive novel, The Kill Clause is a brilliantly inventive tour de force by a powerful new master of suspense. Tim Rackley is a dangerous man of honor, a deputy U.S. marshal who is very good at his job -- until everything he believes in is shattered by the brutal murder of his own daughter. Betrayed by an imperfect judicial system, Rackley watches helplessly as the killer walks free on a legal technicality. Devastated, furious, and burning with a righteous need for vengeance, he is suddenly forced to explore his own deadly options -- a quest that leads him into a shadowy no-man's-land between justice and the law ... and into the welcoming fold of "the Commission." A vigilante group made up of people like him -- 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 as he is dragged deeper into a deadly morass of hidden agendas and murderous justice, Tim Rackley discovers that playing God is an excruciating and 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 his marriage, his career, his life, his soul ... and everything left that's worth fighting for.… (mais)
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Título:The Kill Clause
Autores:Gregg Hurwitz (Autor)
Informação:HarperTorch (2004), 576 pages
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Not a bad book. When it first got going, I didn't think it was all too original, but then there were a few twists and turns that made the book better than expected.

The seven year-old daughter of US Marshal Tim Rackley and his LA cop wife Dray is brutally slain and Tim is given the opportunity by his cop friends to kill the guy responsible. He decides against it. Then Kindell, the murderer, goes free on a technicality. Rackley is recruited by a group called The Commission to be point man to go after heinous criminals who get away on technicalities. The carrot on the end of the stick is another shot at Kindell. This is where I roll my eyes and think, "The Star Chamber."

But things go a bit differently, which strengthens the plot considerably. I think Hurwitz is a good writer; he really illustrated the pain and anguish the Rackleys experienced due to the loss of their little girl.

"The Kill Clause" is nothing spectacular, but it's not a bad read to pass the time. ( )
  Jarratt | Oct 3, 2020 |
Die Vorbereitungen für die Geburtstagsfeier der sechsjährigen Virginia, genannt Ginny, sind in vollem Gange, als die Nachricht kommt, dass Ginny brutal getötet wurde. Kurz darauf wurde der Täter gefasst und die Kollegen von Andrea Rackley ermöglichten es Tim Rackley, an den Täter heranzukommen und ihn zu töten. Doch Tim will keine Selbstjustiz, er will, dass dem Täter der Prozess gemacht wird. Doch wegen eines Formfehlers wird der freigesprochen. Außerdem sollte Tim das Bauernopfer bei einer etwas aus dem Ruder gelaufenen Verhaftung werden. Er wirft seinen Job hin. Dann tritt ein Mann an ihn heran, der eine Kommission vertritt, die „Fehler“ in der Rechtsprechung korrigieren möchte. Tim lässt sich darauf ein, weil die Regeln vernünftig klingen, doch auch hier läuft etwas mächtig schief und Tim versucht, zu retten, was zu retten ist.
Dieser Thriller liest sich gut und flüssig. Er ist aber auch typisch amerikanisch.
Es ist eine fruchtbare Nachricht, die die Eltern Dray und Tim erhalten. Jeder der beiden geht mit dem Schmerz und der Trauer anders um. Dadurch entfernen sie sich aber auch voneinander. Dray war der Meinung, dass Tim die Chance, den Täter zu töten, leichtfertig weggeben hat. Tim will nach dem missglückten Prozess einen anderen Weg einschlagen, stellt aber fest, dass er damit auch nicht glücklich ist. Er muss untertauchen und bald läuft einiges mächtig schief. Es gibt eine Menge Toter. Daher muss Tim die Kommissionsmitglieder stoppen, die dafür verantwortlich sind. Dafür aber braucht er die Unterstützung der ehemaligen Kollegen, ganz besonders die seines Freunde Bear.
Die Gedankengänge der Personen sind gut und ausführlich dargestellt. Manchmal war mir das sogar zu ausführlich. Trotzdem ist dieser Thriller spannend und das Ende hätte ich so nicht erwartet.
Ich bin gespannt auf weitere Bände mit Tim Rackley. ( )
  buecherwurm1310 | Oct 18, 2019 |
I enjoyed this story and and will be reading more of this series. Gregg Hurwitz seems to write characters that I enjoy.

4 Stars for a fun read. ( )
  ConalO | Apr 23, 2018 |
The plot takes off like a rocket from page one and never loses steam. The story revolves around the brutal murder of the young daughter of law enforcement officers, Tim and Dray Rackley. As the Rackley's deal with a parent's greatest nightmare, things become even worse when the alleged murderer is set free because of a violation of his 4th Amendment rights during his arrest. Tim is so distraught over this turn of events, that he considers taking the law into his own hands. As he comtemplates this action, Tim is approached by an unusual band of vigilantes known as The Commission. Each member of The Commission has suffered a great personal loss along the lines of the Rackleys. And, in each of their cases as well, the perpertrator has gone free because of some legal technicality. The story keeps going at a fast pace as the body count builds and culminates in an action packed climax.

Although it's an interesting story line, it wasn't as riveting as I expected. The idea of a decorated law enforcment officer doing something like this was very disturbing to me. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
It's got the typical mystery/thriller earmarks; let's run some of them down. The main character, Tim Rackley, is in law enforcement (deputy US marshal). He's got a tough-sounding nickname (Rack) that only his friends are allowed to use. In thsi one, we get a sort of two-for-one deal because his wife Andrea (Dray) is also a deputy, in the sheriff's department. Rackley has murky family issues in his past (with his father) and reacts badly to being called Timmy. A brutal murder takes place in the opening pages; in this case, the victim is the Rackleys' young daughter Ginny. Some questionable tactics by the marshals, plus the perpetrator going free, both combined with the department's unwillingness to back Rackley on an incident that blows up in the press results in him going rogue. So, you know, he's a good guy on the wrong side of the law now.

He gets involved with a group of people calling themselves "The Commission," whose charter is to kill some people who have evaded justice for their crimes based on legal technicalities or other failures of the system. They will research all of this, give them a fair shake based on the evidence, and then decide whether or not to kill them. Rackley will be their executioner. You can probably guess most of what goes on after that, but often the enjoyment is in how a particular author gets from point A to point B, not in figuring out where point B is. I thought it was a decent book, but didn't particularly make me want to read more in the series (I can't remember the last time I was drawn in by a series, so you may want to take that with a grain of salt).

Recommended for: fans of Justified, people to whom vigilante justice seems like a good idea. ( )
  ursula | Aug 25, 2014 |
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A riveting and explosive novel, The Kill Clause is a brilliantly inventive tour de force by a powerful new master of suspense. Tim Rackley is a dangerous man of honor, a deputy U.S. marshal who is very good at his job -- until everything he believes in is shattered by the brutal murder of his own daughter. Betrayed by an imperfect judicial system, Rackley watches helplessly as the killer walks free on a legal technicality. Devastated, furious, and burning with a righteous need for vengeance, he is suddenly forced to explore his own deadly options -- a quest that leads him into a shadowy no-man's-land between justice and the law ... and into the welcoming fold of "the Commission." A vigilante group made up of people like him -- 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 as he is dragged deeper into a deadly morass of hidden agendas and murderous justice, Tim Rackley discovers that playing God is an excruciating and 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 his marriage, his career, his life, his soul ... and everything left that's worth fighting for.

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