A Quiet Vendetta: A Thriller

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By award-winning and bestselling novelist R.J. Ellory, this thriller takes his skill for suspense to a higher level. When Catherine Ducane disappears in New Orleans, the cops react fast — she is the Governor's daughter, after all. But the case quickly grows very strange. Her bodyguard turns up horribly mutilated, and when the kidnapper calls, he doesn't want money: he wants time alone with a minor government functionary. By the time the pieces fall into place, it's already too ...

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Overview

By award-winning and bestselling novelist R.J. Ellory, this thriller takes his skill for suspense to a higher level. When Catherine Ducane disappears in New Orleans, the cops react fast — she is the Governor's daughter, after all. But the case quickly grows very strange. Her bodyguard turns up horribly mutilated, and when the kidnapper calls, he doesn't want money: he wants time alone with a minor government functionary. By the time the pieces fall into place, it's already too late . . .

A Quiet Vendetta is both the epic story of one mobster's life — following him from Cuba to Chicago — and equally a powerful thriller of rage, love, and loss. With tension to top Cussler, Patterson, and Ellory's own bestselling work, it confirms R.J. Ellory's place at the forefront of the genre.

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The kidnapping of 19-year-old Catherine Ducane, daughter of Louisiana governor Charles Ducane, and the brutal murder of her driver set the stage for this absorbing crime novel from Ellory (A Simple Act of Violence) covering more than 50 years of mob violence and American history. When the FBI agrees to Ernesto Perez’s request to bring Ray Hartmann of the New York district attorney’s office to New Orleans, Perez turns himself in. Perez promises to reveal Catherine’s whereabouts, but first he must tell his life story as a Mafia hit man to Hartmann. Perez recounts a journey that includes his involvement in at least 19 murders and the mob’s links to such figures as the Kennedys, Richard Nixon, and Marilyn Monroe. Perez’s goal remains a mystery, as does his selection of Hartmann as his audience, up to the end of this brilliantly conceived tale of greed, politics, family loyalties, and vengeance. Only the occasional passage of florid prose spoils the performance. Agent: Euan Thorneycroft. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468302714
  • Publisher: Overlook TP
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 532,176
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

R.J. Ellory is the author of eight novels, including A Quiet Belief in Angels, which was The Strand magazine's Thriller of the Year, shortlisted for the Barry Award, and a finalist for the SiBA Award. He also wrote A Simple Act of Violence, winner of the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    A Great Read

    Enter the world of a Medical Examiner as he takes you through the process of discovering a corpse, placing it on the table, seeing where it was found and the work needed to identify the person in order to show respect for who he/she was. The car is unique, the smell is overwhelming and the case will prove to be unusual as one man finally comes forward after seeing a lone car sitting for three days, peers inside the window and what he finds would probably make anyone lose their lunch and a lot more.

    Police on the scene, one detective called out of a deep sleep, the evidence limited the mutilation of the body horrific and the work begins to find out why anyone would surgically remove this man¿s heart and then place it back in his chest cavity. According the ME it signifies revenge. New Orleans is the place and the author describes the areas, the people, the scenes so graphically that you witness the events first hand and feel a part of the story. The medical examiner¿s terminology, the police investigation and the body are so vividly described that the squeamish might close their eyes when reading this book but the more hardy and interested as this reviewer is will not stop reading the book or the events until the answers to the questions you might ask if you went along with the police are answered and the killer is caught. But, there is much more that has not unfolded as I review A Quiet Vendetta by bestselling author R.J. Ellory.

    John Verlaine is the detective assigned to the case. But, this would prove anything but an ordinary investigation as he seeks the help of one man to try and understand the circumstances surrounding the murder, the way he was killed and the graphics on the victim¿s back of the constellation Gemini. But, the man whose help he seeks instructs him to walk away and dismiss the case from his mind and the next thing he knows the FBI take it over. The man killed we learn is an ex-marine guarding the daughter of the Governor of Louisiana who is supposed to be spending time with her mother, but never shows up. Catherine Ducane has been kidnapped. Now, the mystery begins.

    The FBI has taken over the case and they cannot seem to find any leads or direct links to the man killed, the kidnapping. One phone call to the agent in charge would change it all as the voice on the phone insures the agent that Catherine is okay but that to get her back he wants something in exchange. Just what that is has not been revealed.

    Ray Hartmann holds the future of Catherine in his hands as the kidnapper calls the FBI and demands his return to New Orleans for a one on one face to face explanation of why this happened and where the girl might be. Ray is in law enforcement and has a highly volatile personality that cost him his family¿s confidence in him and his present state of having to live alone. Dealing with the mafia, lone sharking, fraud and other crimes related to them he readily joined the House Judiciary Subcommittee to assist the District Attorney and others with cases involving organized crime. Used as the catalyst to bring this kidnapper in, he agrees to speak with him to help bring Catherine home. One word spoken in a phone call to the police: ALWAYS just might be the key to another person¿s involvement. John Verlaine knew what that meant as he related it to Hartmann in a private conversation. The one man who told him to walk away and never look back. Feraud. How he might be connected has not been revealed, as the k

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    great read! well written, intriguing, and suspenseful.

    great read! well written, intriguing, and suspenseful.

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