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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (17 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752864092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752864099
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,098 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:
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'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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'I think he is terrific, an author well worth watching and recommending.' -- Sarah Broadhurst, THE BOOKSELLER

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A brilliant novel of love and consequences from 'one of crime fiction's new stars' [Sunday Telegraph]

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Clark on 12 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is my third venture into the works of RJ Ellory.

I started with one of his most recent - A Simple Act of Violence which was excellent followed by A Quiet Belief in Angels which (IMO) I found very hard going and now this, which was excellent if not flawed in parts.

The central character is Annie O'Neill, a single 30 year old female living on her own in Manhattan, who I did find engaging if not, at times, a little irritating.

She becomes obsesed about wanting to know more about her father when who died in her childhood. Her late mother, for reasons that weren't entirely convincing said little or nothing to her about him.

Stage left enters a man named Forrester who maintains that he was her father's closest friend. Not suprisingly this fires her imagination but a minor flaw here is that it takes for ever for her to ask him directly more about her father.

However Forrester's does engage her with a series of extracts from a manuscript which is a story which starts out in Poland before quickly moving to Auschwitz and tracks through to the 60's.

Annie's closest friend/soulmate is an alcoholic neighbour with a heart of gold called Jack Sullivan. His character blends well with Annie and is a useful counter-balance to some of her more emotional diversions.

The dialogue between them is crisp and witty.

There is a romantic link as well with a guy called David Quinn. You become involved in how this relationship unfolds but you don't quite anticipate at the time how his character might develop.

All things considered I thought that this was superb book. I sussed out how it might end up with 50 pages to go, but it was so well written that this didn't matter.

Next up - Candle Moth!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen pal VINE VOICE on 2 Nov. 2009
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Here is another gem from R.J. Ellory. I have read all his books but one, and each book deserves 5 stars. He is an incredible author. Ghost Heart is a story within a story, like a little Russian Doll. Annie runs a book shop and is quite lonely really. Her mother is dead and she never knew anything about her father who seemed to have disappeared from her life when she was about 7. An elderly man enters the shop one day telling her he was a friend of her father's and also that they were members of an exclusive bookclub - just the two of them. He comes bearing a manuscript which he urges her to read in instalments and which they can discuss each week when he will bring the next section. He also promises to tell her something of her father and show her some letters written from her father to her mother. The manuscript is about the life of two gangsters, how they met and became a team. In the midst of all this, a man enters Annie's life and turns it upside down. She falls deeply in love with him. To say too much more would ruin the book, but it is well worth a read. I have to say if I could give 6 stars to any of his other books it would be 'A Quiet Belief in Angels', and 'Candlemoth'. I am looking forward greatly to reading his latest book 'Anniversary Man', because one thing you can always be sure of with this author is that he always delivers. He is very good at examining the human psyche and what makes people tick. His books are thoughtful and in the case of 'Candlemoth' extremely moving. Highly recommended author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By isisjem on 21 Jan. 2011
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This is the second R J Ellory book I've read. I just couldn't put it down. In fact I stayed up so late to read it I was nearly falling asleep at my desk the next day. R J Ellory creates such credible and real characters I feel that I know them and they stay with me long after I've finished reading. Whilst this isn't a conventional whodunnit it does bear many elements of a crime/mystery novel. I also love how he creates an impression of America in a certain era. He does this largely by reminding the reader what was going on historically at the time the more personal elements of the story were playing out. There is some quite graphic violence in this book and the subject matter does not always make easy reading. R J Ellory has this knack of making you 'like' the characters he creates even when you don't like how they behave. I thought Annie was a credible, likeable and believable character and Forrester enigmatic with a hint of menace that made me want to find out more about the reason for him leaving parts of a manuscript with Annie. A Manuscript which tells a story spanning the horrors of Auschwitz to America in the 1960's, and forms the backbone of this story.

If you haven't read any R J Ellory, but like the sort of thriller that you are still thinking about weeks after you've read it then I can't recommend this enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By surfergirl on 27 Jun. 2013
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This is such a tremendous book, where do I start. It's captivating and draws you in from the first few pages. As with all Ellory's books it has you racing through it at break neck speed to get to the last few page where it all unfolds. However you're torn as you really don't want the book ever to end. Ellory writes with eloquence and has strands of humour throughout; one liners that make you wish you had been smart enough to write. I read this when it first came out, borrowed from a library, and I was drawn to reading it again so bought it this time round as I know I'll read it some more over the years. The characters he crafts are made of substance, they aren't shiny and fluffy, they are raw and real and they get under your skin. Annie, the main character is one that you want to nurture and protect but also scream at her to ask more questions. You identify with her humility and understand her complexities. You have empathy for her and are rooting for Annie from the start. Each time I've read an Ellory book I've devoured it in a few sessions so be prepared to lose a few days. And as a final note...everyone needs a Sullivan.
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