- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Orion (15 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752883100
- ISBN-13: 978-0752883106
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Quite simply one of the best cop thrillers you'll read this year. Or any year. It's an achievement that parks Ellory's wagon on the driveway of Michael Connelly, the finest American exponent of the genre, and no higher praise can I give.' EVENING TELEGRAPH 'The prose is daring and he is head and shoulders above his contemporaries.' CATHOLIC HERALD 'This thriller was so gripping it had me holding my breath as I turned the pages' ESSENTIALS 'a serial killer story unlike any other...it grips like a claw' EVENING TELEGRAPH 'This is one of those police-procedural gems that come along once in a blue moon.' -- Elliott Swanson BOOKLIST 'This man [Ellory] is incapable of writing a mediocre book. All are, without doubt, first class.' LOVEREADING.CO.UK 'This is one of Ellory's fastest reads, a real page-turner, gruesome, at times chilling, building to an edge-of-the-seat climax. Awesome.' LOVEREADING.CO.UK 'Ellory's gripping thriller should appeal to lovers of procedurals and may also draw readers of true crime, as it deals with many actual serial killings.' LIBRARY JOURNAL (USA)
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"The Anniversary Man" is an unstinting feast of all that is engaging about good research, everything that is terrifying about the darker side to human nature and all that is artistically captivating about skilfully delivered prose.
Ray Irving and John Costello are the major protagonists who drive the story. A spate of killings quickly link into one another, and Detective Ray Irving, of New York's Finest, begins his trail of a serial killer who always seems so many steps ahead of him. Bewildered and frustrated, Irving enlists the help of the unusual Costello, a man emotionally marked by his experience of living beyond a serial killer attack. Costello's special skills and expertise add insight for Irving who brings him on board despite misgivings about Costello's involvement with the mysterious Winterbourne group.
Both Irving and Costello are wonderfully drawn characters, but then so are Karen Langley and Captain Faraday. Ellorys skill in characterisation seems to improve with each novel, and as others have already said the characters stay with you for a long time afterwards. Irving is so real, it's a wonder you can't actually hear him breathing through the book
Ellory also seems to have increased the pace in this novel, not that I complained in the past, his prose is the sort that you wish to savour rather than rush, but the pace suited on this occasion, making it a devour all, oh my goodness is that the time, sort of read.Read more ›
The level of detail is sublime, from the stark, bedraggled belly of the city to the inner workings of the world's most notorious serial killers. With a plot to die for, and a cast of beautifully drawn characters, I doubt you'll read a finer thriller this year.
Book eight can't come soon enough.
Like other books from RJ Ellory, this one is also very fast paced and keeps you engaged throughout. Many readers would enjoy his writing style and this is definitely a good book to buy. My personal favourite from Ellory remains "A simple act of violence".
I note that I am mostly alone in this view point however.
What this style does allow Ellory to do is create very vivid and real characters - Costello and Irving are excellent characterisations and inded the dialogue when it does get going is realistic and punchy.
All that said, I found it too ponderous to be truely enjoyable. The Cop vs serial killer gets a neat new twist with the Costello character and that prevents it from being a cliche. All in all I can't deny the talent on show, but that the style of delivery isn't for me.
John Costello is a survivor, a victim of the 'Hammer of God' serial killer who lived to tell the tale. Now working as a crime researcher for a newspaper there are few people who have the knowledge and insight of serial killers that he has.
Following the discovery of the body of 15 year old Mia Grant the Chief of Police receives a draft proposed feature from the City Herald alleging that this is just one of three individual murder cases, with a total of four victims spread across the fourth, fifth and ninth precincts which could be connected and the work of a serial killer, he manages to get them to hold off on the story and Detective Ray Irving from the fourth precinct is sent to speak to reporter Karen Langley and find out what she knows and where she got her information from. In an unprecedented attempt to prevent mass hysteria and catch a killer who is more fearful than any experienced before, the police and reporters work together as the killer taunts them.
The Anniversary Man is unquestionably a page turner with characters who are convincingly real and believable. Both Irving and Costello are brilliantly portrayed, both are haunted by the past and their mistrust of each other is central to a storyline that is both original and skilfully written. The crime scenes are graphic enough to satisfy the bloodthirsty amongst us but not too much so as to offend the squeamish. The pace of the book is just right with the tension building page by page as the book moves towards its gripping conclusion.
Truly a great read and wholeheartedly recommended.
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