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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409124142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409124146
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RJ Ellory is the author of twelve novels, all published in the UK by Orion, and available in twenty-six additional languages. They are:
CANDLEMOTH (2003)
GHOSTHEART (2004)
A QUIET VENDETTA (2005)
CITY OF LIES (2006)
A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS (2007)
A SIMPLE ACT OF VIOLENCE (2008)
THE ANNIVERSARY MAN (2009)
SAINTS OF NEW YORK (2010)
BAD SIGNS (2011)
A DARK AND BROKEN HEART (2012)
THE DEVIL AND THE RIVER (2013)
CARNIVAL OF SHADOWS (2014)
'Candlemoth', his first-published, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger, as was his fourth, 'City of Lies', in 2006. His fifth novel, 'A Quiet Belief In Angels' was a Richard & Judy Book Club selection in 2007, and went on to win the Livre De Poche Award, The Strand Magazine Novel of The Year, The Mystery Booksellers of America Award, the USA National Indie Excellence Award for Best Mystery and the Inaugural Nouvel Observateur Prize. 'A Quiet Vendetta' won the Quebec Laureat, the Villeneuve Readers' Prize and the St. Maur Prize. 'A Simple Act of Violence', Ellory's sixth novel, won the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year 2010. He has been nominated for a further thirteen international awards including two Barrys, the Association 813 Trophy, and the Europeen Du Point. He has also written the screenplay of 'A Quiet Belief In Angels' for Oscar-winning director, Olivier Dahan, and has optioned 'A Dark and Broken Heart' for film. His novella 'Three Days in Chicagoland' is being released as a French graphic novel at the end of 2014, and he has published short stories in numerous British and American magazines. Ellory is also the guitar player in Zero Navigator, and is soon to record an album of songs co-written with Martin Smith of ELO in a project entitled The Whiskey Poets. He was born in Birmingham, U.K., and continues to make this his home with his long-suffering wife, idiosyncratic son and two troublesome cats.


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Classic noir, a journey to the dark corners of man's foolishness, where nothing is ever what it seems and no one can ever be trusted. Ellory is beginning to sound like the master [James Ellroy]. I can think of no higher praise. (Geoffrey Wansell DAILY MAIL)

As ever the writing is pungent and lacerating. This is a book that takes no prisoners and Ellory's continuing commercial success is assured. (Barry Forshaw DAILY EXPRESS)

R.J. Ellory has produced another fine novel to follow Bad Signs and is becoming as prolific as he is good. With A Dark and Broken Heart, his eleventh novel, the author has captured the very essence of what makes good men act badly and why bad men act as intrinsically as they do, and is certainly an addition to any crime fan's "must read" list this summer. (Chris High WE LOVE THIS BOOK)

"This thriller is written with so much power it pins you to your seat. I haven't read a better cop story since... well Ellory's own bestseller Saints of New York... A superbly riveting read" (PETERBROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH)

"A pedal to the metal thriller" (Myles McWeeney IRISH INDEPENDENT)

R.J. Ellory has carved himself a place at the top of British crime fiction with his dark and obsessively driven detective novels... a gripping read. (CATHOLIC HERALD)

"As thrilling as a ride on the Coney Island Cyclone" (John Williams MAIL ON SUNDAY)

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How long can a man escape judgement? A dark and atmospheric thriller from the award-winning author of A Quiet Belief in Angels.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Bennett on 25 Sep 2012
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It took me a couple of chapters to get going with this book but once I did I couldn't put it down!

My feelings towards Vincent the main character were very mixed, I think the fact that the story was told mainly from his view point made me sympathise with him more than I would have done otherwise. The emotions portrayed made me root for him even when he didn't deserve it!

I read lots of "easy reading" books over the summer and it was good to get my teeth back into a gritty storyline.
If you like a beautifully written thriller, where the lines stopped being black and white long ago and have become many shades of grey, A Dark and Broken Heart fits the bill!

I've read the majority of RJ Ellory's books and it still amazes me when in the midst of reading about murder, hate and greed there are lines written so poetically I forget that I'm reading a crime thriller.

Looking forward to the next one....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By beano on 7 Oct 2012
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If you leave aside the 4 individuals who cannot get beyond the admittedly dubious review practice of the author and, instead, focus on the other 16 reviews, you do get the real sense of how good this book really is. I have read all of the authors published works to date. I feared after Bad Signs and The Anniversary Man that he was, perhaps, burned out. But then, along comes A Dark and Broken Heart and your faith is restored in his writings. A great book which is well worth a read and well worth the 5 stars. I am looking forward to his next one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J Cooper on 13 Feb 2013
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Frustrating because....you should, you know you should, utterly dislike Madigan - for all he is and all he has done. But, you just can't stop those teeny feelings of sympathy creeping in. He wants to put his bad past to rest though to do so needs him to be just a little more bad. That is where the frustration creeps in.

Once again RJ Ellory entices you into his storyville and holds you there. He is without doubt one of the best authors around - and I hope he stays around for a long time to come. The literary world would be a far more dull place without him.

To all the 'one star haters' - really, you should get out more. To be so bitter and twisted can't be good for your health. People make mistakes - all people. So what? Did it affect you personally? No - move on!

@lyla_london
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie MacGarry on 23 Feb 2014
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This is as good as it gets. Writing this good should not be limited to the Crime genre. It transcends the genre simply by the quality of the writing.

Just stop what you're doing and buy the book. Ellory makes the others look like bumbling amateurs. If you're not drawn into the character of Madigan, then you don't have a heart, either dark or broken.

I keep this book on my desk, to remind me how it's done. It really is that good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun 2012
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This is one of those stories for which the synopsis is best kept to a minimum because there's an important and surprise twist early on and I wouldn't want to spoil things by saying too much about the character of Vincent Madigan. So very briefly, and in keeping with the dust-jacket blurb, Madigan is embroiled in a robbery which goes wrong - a child is injured - and most of the tale involves his efforts to protect that child and her mother and wriggle out of trouble himself. You could call him a killer with a new-found conscience in search of a redemption that he knows he does not deserve.

I found it difficult not to draw comparisons between this and Ellory's 2010 offering Saints of New York, even though the stories have little in common. The key difference is that while the leading character of SoNY was fundamentally good, Vince Madigan is simply bad, and any entitlement to redemption is just too late now. This the reader knows from pretty much the first couple of pages and it has to be said that his ultimate destiny is not hard to guess at - it's just a question of how the journey unfolds. The conflict for many a reader, I guess, is that Madigan is curiously likeable, and despite his black past and irreconcilable actions, you'll have at least a part of you that roots for him. He is the hard-drinking pill-popper with the dark and broken heart, he's aware of it but in spite of his estranged wives and children he makes a point of saying that there is no point on dwelling on the past, no point in regrets. What's done is done, he says.

It took a while to really get involved in this tale but as usual with this author I most definitely did, and the 'middle bit' is highly entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By granny mo on 14 Sep 2013
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I read this book on my kindle and i really enjoyed it,it was very good,brutal in places sad in other places and touching in some parts.Vincent is a goody bady type of guy,he's done some bad things but i couldn't help feeling sorry for him.I have also bought the paperback for my husband. if you are reading this all i can say is go on read it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ramshackle on 1 July 2013
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Once again Ellory comes up with a cracker. I have yet to be diappointed with one of his novels.
You have a bent copper in Vincent Madigan who is cunning and ruthless. In trying to cover his debts with a robbery, it all turns against him. Just when you think he's getting away with it the story takes yet another twist.
RJ Ellory is brilliant in his story telling and has me on the edge of my seat every time.
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