A Simple Act of Violence

A Simple Act of Violence

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by R. J. Ellory
     
 

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The award-winning CIA thriller by "a uniquely gifted, passionate, and powerful writer" (Alan Furst).
R. J. Ellory's latest paperback is his most timely, menacing serial killer novel yet, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.. As in his globally acclaimed A Quiet Belief in Angels, it is a stunning work of suspense guaranteed to keep the reader awake at

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The award-winning CIA thriller by "a uniquely gifted, passionate, and powerful writer" (Alan Furst).
R. J. Ellory's latest paperback is his most timely, menacing serial killer novel yet, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.. As in his globally acclaimed A Quiet Belief in Angels, it is a stunning work of suspense guaranteed to keep the reader awake at night. Set in Washington, embroiled in elections, it follows Detective Robert Miller as he is assigned to an unsettling murder case. He finds a serious complication: the victims do not officially exist. Their personal details do not register on any known systems. And as Miller unearths ever more disturbing facts, he starts to face truths about the corrupt world he lives in —truths so far removed from his own reality that he begins to fear for his life.
As CrimeSquad described it, "this is a book with everything that a fan of modern mystery fiction could hope for: a labyrinthine plot, unbearable tension, controversy, and a social conscience."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the outset of this superb crime thriller from Ellory (The Anniversary Man), Det. Robert Miller, a veteran Washington, D.C., cop who doesn't have much of a life outside his job, arrives at the house of Catherine Sheridan, an attractive woman who's been badly beaten and strangled. Around her neck is a ribbon attached to a luggage tag, the hallmark of the Ribbon Killer, who's claimed three other female victims in the same upscale neighborhood over the past eight months. Bizarrely, Sheridan's murderer ordered pizza delivered, thus insuring that the corpse would be found right away. Meanwhile, in creepy first-person asides, someone using the alias John Robey reveals he knows a great deal about the crimes. As the case unfolds, the motive behind the murders gradually comes into focus, connecting with much larger political issues. Impressive prose and pacing, coupled with a grim, unflinching view of reality that James Ellroy would recognize, make this a must-read for noir fans. 5-city author tour. (June)
Wall Street Journal
“A police procedural thus shifts into a conspiracy thriller and historical exposé … Powerful scenes and vivid images.”
From the Publisher
"A beautifully written novel that is also a great mystery." — James Patterson

"The master of the genre." — Clive Cussler

"A police procedural thus shifts into a conspiracy thriller and historical exposé … Powerful scenes and vivid images." — Wall Street Journal

"A masterful exercise in suspense . . . This one will keep you up late reading, and then you won't be able to sleep."

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

James Patterson
“A beautifully written novel that is also a great mystery.”
Clive Cussler
“The master of the genre.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455122479
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
14
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

R.J.
Ellory is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling A Quiet Belief in Angels, which was Strand Magazine’s Thriller of the Year,
shortlisted for the Barry Award, and a finalist for the SIBA Award. He is also the author of City of Lies, Candlemoth, A
Quiet Vendetta, The Anniversary Man, A Simple Act of Violence, and the e-book original series Three Days in
Chicagoland.

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