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The Return: A Novel (2013)

af Michael Gruber

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"The real Richard Marder would shock his acquaintances, if they ever met him. Marder is perfectly comfortable keeping his true self a secret from his clients, his friends and his daughter. Even his wife, long dead, didn't know the real man behind the calm, cultured mask he presents to the world. Only an old army buddy from Vietnam, Patrick Francis Skelly, knows what Marder is capable of. Then, a shattering piece of news awakens Marder's buried desire for vengeance; with nothing left to lose, he sets off to punish the people whose actions, years earlier, changed his life. Uninvited, Skelly shows up and the two of them together raise the stakes far beyond anything Marder could have envisioned. As Marder and Skelly set out on the road, headed toward an apocalypse of their own making, Marder learns that good motives and sense of justice can't always protect the people a man loves. A range of fearsomely real characters, from a brutally violent crime lord to a daringly courageous young woman, a roller-coaster of twists and turns, and a shattering exploration of what constitutes morality in the face of evil, Michael Gruber has once more proven that he is "a gifted and natural storyteller" (Chicago Tribune) and shows why he has been called "the Stephen King of crime writing." (Denver Post). If Jack Reacher and George Smiley met, this is the adventure that would result"--… (mere)
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Gruber said this book was influenced by Fuentes' Old Gringo, and since I haven't read that book, I can't say how close they are in content or theme. But, The Return is about a man in his late 50s who returns to Mexico after 30 years on a mysterious trip to accomplish something only he knows.

A really enjoyable read from one of my favorite living authors. If you're a fan of Gruber's, this one is a little different from his more mainstream works, but you'll still like it. ( )
  evenlake | Mar 23, 2021 |
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How did I miss reviewing this book, especially since it was one of my favorites from 2013??? I have enjoyed many of Michael Gruber's books and this one was no exception. The story is well developed, fast paced, and thought provoking. The author does an excellent job of developing the characters and painting the landscape they live in. One thing I enjoy about this author is how different his books can be; from chasing missing manuscripts, to art forgery, to the war on terrorism. In this book he explores the world of the drug cartels. Mr. Gruber appears to be able to craft a story out of almost any storyline! In some ways this book reminded me of Don Winslow's book, "The Power Of The Dog." If you are looking for a fast paced, well crafted book that will stay with you for weeks after you have finished, this is the book for you. ( )
  realfish | Feb 1, 2016 |
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Despite a very unattractive cover The Return is pure adrenaline, high suspense, and is full of unexpected twists, turns, and scenes of violence and action. This one had me by the throat from page one and never let go (even though I was losing consciousness). Endorsed by Stephen King this was action packed and thrilling cover to cover.

Official Michael Gruber Website http://michaelgruberbooks.com/ ( )
  TheAlternativeOne | Mar 18, 2014 |
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In the past I have fallen into Gruber's books without looking back. This novel failed to offer that escape that I so love from this author. That being said, months later I am still thinking about the main character and his life, and i found that despite not disappearing into this book, it still managed to find a firm foothold in my brain. ( )
  m4marya | Jan 18, 2014 |
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Good story by a consistently good to excellent author. The cover art made me hesitate, but there was story here, not gratuitous violence. A terminal illness opens Richard Marder;s road to fix some of the wrongs in the life of his family. Strong characters and a twisting plot will keep you reading well past bedtime. ( )
  marjiesmail | Dec 3, 2013 |
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"The real Richard Marder would shock his acquaintances, if they ever met him. Marder is perfectly comfortable keeping his true self a secret from his clients, his friends and his daughter. Even his wife, long dead, didn't know the real man behind the calm, cultured mask he presents to the world. Only an old army buddy from Vietnam, Patrick Francis Skelly, knows what Marder is capable of. Then, a shattering piece of news awakens Marder's buried desire for vengeance; with nothing left to lose, he sets off to punish the people whose actions, years earlier, changed his life. Uninvited, Skelly shows up and the two of them together raise the stakes far beyond anything Marder could have envisioned. As Marder and Skelly set out on the road, headed toward an apocalypse of their own making, Marder learns that good motives and sense of justice can't always protect the people a man loves. A range of fearsomely real characters, from a brutally violent crime lord to a daringly courageous young woman, a roller-coaster of twists and turns, and a shattering exploration of what constitutes morality in the face of evil, Michael Gruber has once more proven that he is "a gifted and natural storyteller" (Chicago Tribune) and shows why he has been called "the Stephen King of crime writing." (Denver Post). If Jack Reacher and George Smiley met, this is the adventure that would result"--

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