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  • 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 (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,344 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 serial killer to end all serial killers is out there and only one person in the whole city knows it...

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Format: Hardcover
For those accustomed to RJE's unique talent, a new novel brings very high expectations. With many authors such expectation is followed by inevitable disappointment. However, RJE is no mere "normal" talent, and fittingly he again meets and exceeds them.

"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.
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Format: Paperback
This wonderful mystery simply took my breath away. Not a word wasted, from it's heartbreaking, breathless opening, to it's dark climax, this book proves why Ellory is fast becoming the best thriller writer working in this country.
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.
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Bus stops were missed. Tube stations I was supposed to get off ignored. This is gripping a crime drama as it gets. Fantastic writing. Intelligent structure. Wonderful characters and a get ending. This was a compelling read and once again I suggest to people who have not read the wonderful talent which is RJ Ellroy...buy, buy and buy. Then tell tell and tell your friends.

Tony Laforce, Hackney
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Having read and thoroughly enjoyed 'A quiet belief in Angels' I was looking forward to reading this new story. It started off reasonably well but detective Irving seems to have been lifted from so many other similar characters - mid life, lonely, no love life and disillusioned. The characters for me lacked originality and I could not empathise with any of them. It was a struggle to finish the book but as the well known phrase says 'I've started so I'll finish' however, the end, when it came was almost as if the author had no idea how to end the story and simply stopped. Sorry Mr Ellory, must do better!
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The Anniversary man is another very well written book by RJ Ellory. It's all about finding a serial killer who is busy re-enacting famous murders from the past. With each murder the serial killer tends to become more aggresive to the point of taunting the investigators. No matter what the police do, our serial killer remains one step ahead. Who is the Anniversary man and does he get caught? Buy the book to find out.

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".
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I love thrillers and all things crime related - so it is a surprise that I took so long to get to an RJ Ellory book. Maybe fate was playing appropriate tricks with me. From the outset I struggled with the writing style and the prose. It was simply overdone and to ornate for my tastes - it slowed the action down, helped to remove a sense a tension and really made the read a touch laborious.

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.
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This book had me reading it into the wee small hours, and I begrudged any time away from its pages. I am working my way through all his books and this is one of the best, although all of them are very very good. I can tell anyone who enjoys a Dennis Lehane, a James Lee Burke, a John Connolly etc will settle down and spend a few hours with this authors work and know they have had a thoroughly good read. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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