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Return by Michael Gruber

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Air and Shadows, the story of one man's fearless quest for revenge among some of the world's most dangerous criminals

Lauded as his #1 favorite book of the year, Stephen King advised President Obama, in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, to pick up Michael Gruber's previous book, The Good Son. With an unforgettable hero, The Return is as exciting and provocative as Gruber's best work.

The real Richard Marder would shock his acquaintances, if they ever met him. 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 Skelly, knows what Marder is capable of. Then a shattering piece of news awakens Marder's buried desire for vengeance, and with nothing left to lose, he sets off to punish the people whose actions, years earlier, changed his life. Uninvited, Skelly shows up and together the two of them raise the stakes far beyond anything Marder could have envisioned.

As Marder and Skelly head 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" (The Denver Post).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594595489
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 341,022
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Gruber is the author of The Good Son, The Book of Air and Shadows, and The Forgery of Venus. He has a PhD in marine sciences and began freelance writing while working in Washington D.C., as a policy analyst and speech writer. Since 1990, he has been a full-time writer. He is married and lives in Seattle, Washington.


Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 1, 1940

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Columbia University, 1961; Ph.D., University of Miami, 1973

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The Return 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tackles an interesting topic while entertaining and keeping us guessing. An intelligent thriller interesting insight into Mexican culture. Pretty accurate on most accounts, I lived in area where the drug cartel violence was increasing and the book rang true. I also like the spiritual mixed with the "real world."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Gruber is a brilliant author. I've read everything to date that he has written. One can never figure out the ending it is always a surprise. The Return is one of his best. I read it in one day, I could not put it down. As with his other novels, I have learned so much about the country he is writing about. There are no wasted words in any of his books. He is by far my favorite author and I cannot wait until his next book.I r
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engrossing exciting and metaphysical. Hard to put down. Wonderful and rich multiple character development. Rich in the culture of Mexico.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really nice read, likable but 3 dimensional characters. Plot is interesting if a bit pale.