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Candlemoth: A Thriller [NOOK Book]

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With the verve and gift for gripping storytelling that made his previous books, including A Quiet Belief in Angels, international bestsellers, R. J. Ellory returns with a sweeping saga of murder and retribution in 1960s America.

Daniel Ford has thirty days to live: accused of the horrific murder of his best friend Nathan twelve years before, he has exhausted all appeals and now faces the long walk to the electric chair. Father John Rousseau ...
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Candlemoth: A Thriller

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Overview

With the verve and gift for gripping storytelling that made his previous books, including A Quiet Belief in Angels, international bestsellers, R. J. Ellory returns with a sweeping saga of murder and retribution in 1960s America.

Daniel Ford has thirty days to live: accused of the horrific murder of his best friend Nathan twelve years before, he has exhausted all appeals and now faces the long walk to the electric chair. Father John Rousseau is the man to whom the last month of Daniel's life has been entrusted. With time running out, Ford begins to tell his story, beginning with his first meeting with Nathan, aged six by a South Carolina lake, through first loves, Vietnam, the death of Kennedy, and finally their flight from the draft which ended in Nathan's brutal murder.

A stunning suspense novel and tale of a lost friendship, Candlemoth is for all fans of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
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Publishers Weekly
Originally published in the U.K. in 2003, Ellory’s searing first novel recounts how Daniel Ford came to be on death row in 1982 for beheading his best friend, Nathan Verney, a decade earlier. In 1952, when Ford and Verney were both six years old, they met by the side of a South Carolina lake, where Ford, a white boy, shared his ham sandwich with Verney, a black boy. Ten years later, a gang of racist bullies tested their friendship, which only emerged stronger than ever. Ford recalls his sexual awakening, the effects of the turmoil of the 1960s on his community, and the harsh choices the Vietnam War forced on him. A prose master, Ellory (A Quiet Vendetta) says of the prison staff’s home life, “They kiss their wives, and their wives look back at them, and in their eyes is that numb and indifferent awareness that the bread and cereal and eggs they ate were paid for by killing men.” The question of Ford’s guilt lends plenty of interest, but is almost incidental to the harrowing descriptions of life behind bars and the complex unfolding of a lifelong connection between friends. Agent: George Lucas, Inkwell Management. (Apr.)
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Praise for R. J. Ellory:

"A beautifully written novel that is also a great mystery." --James Patterson

"The master of the genre." --Clive Cussler

"A rich, powerful, evocative novel of great psychological depth." --Jonathan Kellerman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468306415
  • Publisher: Overlook
  • Publication date: 4/4/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 718,033
  • File size: 425 KB

Meet the Author

R.J. Ellory is the author of eight novels, including the bestselling A Quiet Belief in Angels, which was the Strand Magazine's Thriller of the Year, nominated for the Barry Award, and a finalist for the SIBA Award. His novel A Simple Act of Violence won the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award, and A Quiet Vendetta was praised by Booklist as "the best mafia novel since The Godfather." He will become head of the International Mystery Writers.
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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    A. very moving story

    A. very moving story

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