Mark Allen Smith's The Inquisitor, is a peculiar and absorbing novel. Geiger, the main character, is a professional torturer that gains sympathy when he has to care for a young boy. Even with the boy in his life, he doesn't give up torturing. Marilyn Stasio in her New York Times column says, "The curious result is something like an X-rated Disney movie -- extremely graphic scenes of physical violence and mental suffering embedded in a rather sweet adventure story about a damaged man who heals himself by saving a child from a similar fate."
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