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The Sister: Book 1 of THREE DAYS IN CHICAGOLAND [Kindle Edition]

R.J. Ellory
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The Sister is the first book in award-winning author R.J. Ellory's electrifying ebook-exclusive trilogy, THREE DAYS IN CHICAGOLAND. The testimonies of the sister, the cop and the killer will at last reveal the dreadful truth behind the brutal murder of a young girl in Chicago in 1956.



That final minute should have lasted forever, but it was gone before I knew it.


Four years, five months, fifteen days, and twenty-two hours collapsed into sixty seconds.



Today I will see a man die. Today I will see justice delivered. Four and a half years ago a man - a monster - put his hands around my sister's fragile neck and squeezed the life out of her. He confessed without hesitation. He gave no explanation, no defense, and he did not ask for mercy. And as I sit here, counting down his final seconds on this Earth, I know my wait is over. I will finally get what I truly desire: to see my sister's killer executed in front of my eyes.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 304 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CKAJT8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and entertaining 23 May 2012
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
It's one thing to create characters, environments, plotlines and atmosphere over dozens of chapters and hundreds of pages. It's so much harder to pull off the same stunt in a bite-size chunk... but RJ Ellory has done the job admirably in the Three Days in Chicagoland trilogy of novellas.
You really MUST read all three stories in order. Start here, with The Sister. Share with her the bitterness of losing her closest relative to murder most foul, and the mounting tension as she endures the trial of the suspect, and finally must face the gut-churning reality of the execution of a convicted killer. Ellory has written a graphic, gritty description of how an execution by electric chair in the 1950s might have gone down... you can almost hear the clock ticking as the prison staff wait for a final phone call, a possible stay of execution. Will the killer meet justice? Or will that phone ring?

There were a couple of moments in the story where my attention wobbled slightly. The Sister fixates on the smell of a man's aftershave when she's inside the gaol, watching the death room. My inner critic immediately suggested that she'd be more likely in these circumstances to smell the stink of male incarceration and outright fear; sweat, disinfectant, ammonia and puke... but I soon snapped back to the story, propelled on by a wide-eyed fascination with the plot. When the zinger came at the end of the tale I felt both completely rewarded and utterly intrigued - and scampered straight on to read the second segment.
So don't be misled by the fact that this is a short story, and not a full length novel. It contains every bit as much entertainment as many overblown, bloated big books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sister 31 Oct. 2012
By Detsi
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Very different and must be read first, in conjunction with the other two stories in the trilogy. But R J Ellory never lets you down
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3.0 out of 5 stars Again not my cup of tea. 23 Jun. 2014
By Audrey
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Read my review for Book 3. Well written but not to my liking. Not then having read Books 2 and 3 I could not understand why the book was so one-sided.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 8 May 2014
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As always, Ellory writes beautiful. Despite the subject matter often being gruesome it is written almost poetically and with great insight. The trilogy is not to be missed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three days in Chicagoland Book 1 14 April 2013
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This is a trilogy and I was looking forward to three chunky novels to get my teeth into. Very disappointed on how short the book was and will be expensive to buy all three. I didnt feel I was getting value for my bucks. I am an RJE fan, but probably won't order the next two books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing 3 Nov. 2014
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The three parts to this story were excellent but my complaint is that they were much shorter than the 200 or so pages advertised and the third part was even shorter still, three quarters of this book was an excerpt of his new book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read now! 26 Dec. 2014
By Feistyb
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R J Ellory at his best - all beautiful language, a gripping human story with corking characters - I actually snarled with rage when I came to the end and had to get the next part!!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for part 2! 15 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
RJ Ellory's writing style is as eloquent as ever in this short novel!

It is not rushed or watered down. The story expresses one person's memories, thoughts and emotions, slipping easily between a murder, a court case and an execution day.

I'm sure that RJ Ellory fans will enjoy this story and that new readers will get an accurate taster and introduction to his writing.

I'm so glad that there is a Part 2 & 3 and can't wait to read them!
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