"One dark night, instead of attending to chores like a good little geek girl, I began reading read Warren Ellis’ book THE GUN MACHINE in the afternoon. As dusk approached and I had neither eaten nor budged from my seat, I realized I was deeply and truly in over my head, trapped in a quicksand pit of AWESOME.
This book begins with a naked man with a shotgun. I think you can tell from that if this is a book for you. If you are a fan of Ellis-penned comics and graphic novels, you will enjoy this book too. It is all murder and guns-as-fetish-objects and totally insane people and foul-mouthed cops and filthy human beings and EXACTLY what I needed on that disgusting summer evening.
Basically, it's a lot of the things that I loved about TRANSMETROPOLITAN, Ellis’ best comics work, but in munchable prose snack form. Looks like Warren Ellis taught himself to write a real novel. SO CUTE. In a Ellis-esque violent misanthropic way, of course.
This staff recommendation’s composition and tone MAY be EVER SO MILDLY affected by the reading of Warren Ellis at breakneck speed. Forewarned is forearmed. With guns."
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's body of work has been championed by Wired for its "merciless action" and "incorruptible bravery," and steadily amassed legions of diehard fans. His newest novel 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.