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A Quiet Belief In Angels has been nominated for the Dilys Award, named for Dilys Winn (the founder of Murder Ink) and given out by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
"A Quiet Belief in Angels is a beautiful and haunting book. This is a tour de force from R.J. Ellory." -Michael Connelly
"A Quiet Belief in Angels is a rich, powerful, evocative novel of great psychological depth." -Jonathan Kellerman
"R.J. Ellory is a uniquely gifted, passionate, and powerful writer, and the quality of his prose-every word, every sentence-lifts A Quiet Belief in Angels far above genre." -Alan Furst
"There aren't nearly enough beautifully written novels, that are also great mysteries. Like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Smila's Sense of Snow, A Quiet Belief in Angels is one of them." -James Patterson
"A mesmerizing tale whose intrigue will pull you from one page to the next without pause, casting you into the gloom of dread and the shadow of grief until you reach the climactic end. R.J. Ellory's remarkable talent for probing the unknown establishes him as the master of the genre. The perfect author to read late into the night." -Clive Cussler
"Ellory is English, but his evocation of life in the deep South is richly drawn and deeply detailed. His characters are well- developed, and portions of the books ably mimic great southern writers, allowing readers to savor both the words and the images they offer." -Thomas Gaughan, Booklist
In 1939, in a poor rural town in Georgia, a young girl is raped and murdered, the first numbing thump in a succession of murders that over the next decade would eventually number 30. Young Joseph Vaughan somehow survives the slaughter of friends and classmates in Augusta Falls and grows up, moves to New York City, and attempts to elbow past the memories. Then a Brooklyn murder sends him reeling into a history he can't ignore and can only hope to survive. This is the U.S. debut of a British novelist who bears watching.
In his American debut, British author Ellory (A Simple Act of Violence) presents an intriguing but overstuffed saga of a man haunted by a serial killer. In 1939, in rural Augusta Falls, Ga., someone brutally rapes and murders a classmate of 12-year-old Joseph Vaughn, the first in what will become more than 30 similar crimes over decades. At age 15, living alone with his mother after the death of his father and yearning to be a writer, Vaughan gathers together a group of local boys and forms the Guardians in the hope of preventing more attacks. It's the failure of the group, and himself in particular, that eventually drives Vaughan to Brooklyn, where, in an improbable twist, he gets caught up in another murder linked to the killings back home. Ellory simply tries to juggle too many narrative elements. The sheer number of characters and subplots dilute the quiet power of his prose, particularly evident in scenes of Vaughn's childhood. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.