Warren Ellis always writes a good story, usually with pictures in the comic genre. This one happens to be his second novel. Being a giant fan of his, I will try to avoid selling you Ellis and concentrate on just talking about this book.
Gun Machine is packed with excitement and mayhem from begining to end. Detective John Tallow loses his parnter, shoots a man, finds a room full of guns, remains on the case after shooting because "resourses are streatched too thin" to let him have time to recover from the shooting, and stumbles upon a puzzle with pieces so smooth it's hard to tell if they fit together. He aquires help from people that would have rather sabatoged his investigation in the beginning. This is just the begining of the hunt.
Gun Machine is quite far fetched but could definately, happen, which makes this a little scary, especially when you meet the man that put all the guns in one place. The book just hits you in the face with the truth. The actions and idiosyncracities of the charecters may be funny or dark, but they are still how people act normally. The mood of this novel is unsettling until the gaps begin to get filled in. This is a great read for someone wanting something fast, interesting, crime ridden, and darkly comic at times. You might like this if you like the Sandman Slim series, Tim Dorsey, Charlie, Huston, Beat the Reaper, Motherless Brooklyn, or Boulevard by Stephen Jay Schwartz.