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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409118592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409118596
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in the 1960s, the content may be dark and unforgiving but it is a beautifully and poetically planned tale that reveals itself layer by layer. (CANDIS)

Though [Ellory's] books always provide a wild and giddy ride, there is more to them than thrills, chills and spills. Bad Signs is rich, complex and nuanced, with many psychological undercurrents. It's edge-of-the-seat entertainment. (Lorne Jackson BIRMINGHAM POST)

He's one of the great British thriller writers of his generation. (Alex Gordon PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH)

Set in an utterly convincing 1960s rural America, this is a jaw droppingly good thriller by British writer Roger Ellory. (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

Ellory's the real deal, giving us another horrific chunk of small-town American violence, neglect and psychopathy. Institutionalised half brothers Clarence and Elliott have a startling choice to make when they are kidnapped by a convicted serial killer **** (Henry Sutton DAILY MIRROR)

Violent imagery, real pathos and a dark, dark humour. Without doubt, Bad Signs is Ellory's most disturbing book, and one that will haunt the reader (Ali Karim SHOTS)

One of the most interesting crime novelists working today. He sets his novels in the US and seems to change his style of writing from book to book - always to excellent effect. (THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN)

With this novel, Ellory has joined the stars of modern genre literature. It is a classic. (THE WEST AUSTRALIAN)

Will your fingernails ever grow back? Now, that is good writing. This is a stellar work of fiction that deserves to be on everyone's reading list. Loved it. (SHOTS)

Ellory has been compared to Mario Puzo, James Ellory and Stephen King. All descriptions are accurate, but they fail to define Ellory's unique style. He is a very special writer.

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Ellory has a talent for making the detestable captivating. An intricate fictional dance whicn he pulls off expertly. (KIRKUS)

Ellory has a lovely prose style that allows his story to glide on, as events both rivet and repel. [An] excellent action thriller. (GLOBE & MAIL)

It's a cliche to praise a crime novel for its adroit marshalling of suspense, but there is no choice here (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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A superb thriller from the acclaimed author of A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS.

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R.J Ellory has such a unique style of writing. He writes about the dark, seedy side of life but in such a light, eloquent way.
The characterisation is excellent, even if you despise a character, you can see how they became the way they are. The story follows the life-changing and fateful events of two teenage half-brothers, Elliott Danzinger and Clarence Luckman, over a nine day period and explores the consequences of coming face to face with evil and how that effects the two boys.

I particularly liked the character of John Cassidy, a detective who wants to know "why?" as well as "who, what & where?" A man who wants to make a difference, rather than just make a name for himself. A little touch of tv's "Criminal Minds" there, which I'm a big fan of.

There are twists in the plot that made me hold my breath and at one point I put the Kindle down, walked off to make a cup of tea, shaking my head and saying to my husband "No, that can't happen!" of course he had no idea what I was talking about :-)

It can be frustrating when you get to the end of a book and are left feeling that something is missing or not worked out right, but the ending of "Bad Signs" was just as I would have chosen it to end!!

If you like reading Crime or Thriller fiction I would urge you to try an R.J. Ellory novel, I'm confident you wont be disappointed.
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I discovered this author just befor xmas last year (2011) and since then have read, 'A Quiet Belief in Angels', 'Anniversary Man' and 'Saints of New York'...All of which I'd give 5*'s. What a fantastically amazing writer. I'm finding it hard to choose books by other authors to read in-between these master-pieces. I'm a big fan of Peter James and Mark Billingham - I love both their series and stand alone novels but they generally seem to be about the same issues and subjects. Ellory on the other hand seems to have a bottomless pit of ideas that upon first impression may risk being far-fetched but every book so far has been un-put-downable. High drama and tension courses through the pages and all his characters are created to be liked / disliked / understood...there's never a character who doesn't matter and whose story is left in the air.
Bad Signs is simply great. Full of twists, turns and tension. A seriously crazy road trip. Could easily be a big screen hit too!!
Read it...Read em all. You won't be disappointed.
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When Clarence Luckman's father kills their mother, Clarence and his half-brother Elliott Danziger , spend their childhood in various state institutions. By the time they are teenagers, housed in a juvenile detention facility, Clarence (known as Clay) and Elliott (known as Digger) are well acquainted with violence and the darker side of life in institutions. And things are about to get a whole lot worse when they are taken hostage by Earl Sheridan. Earl Sheridan, a man en route to death row with nothing left to lose, kills his way out of imprisonment and takes the brothers with him as hostages.

Set in the 1960s, in Texas, the balance of the story plays out over the next nine days. Earl Sheridan is a psychopath who takes the boys on a killing spree. Digger is fascinated, and sees Earl as a hero and someone that he wants to emulate. And so he does. Clay manages to escape, but is caught in a different tragedy as a consequence of mistaken identity.

This novel is both thriller and epic tragedy. Who will survive, and how? Are the fates determining who will live and die? Will the guilty be punished, and can the innocent survive? Both boys are seeking a happier life, both seem set on reaching their own Eldorado but each has chosen (or is drawn to) a different path. Other people, whose paths cross theirs, will have their lives changed. Or ended. Is it chance, or fate? Pre-destined, or self-determined? If self-determined, what factors determine the choices?

I could not put this novel down. I was caught up in an atmosphere of dreadful expectation and fearful hope - of a brighter future for one of the brothers and his new-found friend. There are some horrific scenes in this novel, but none of them seemed gratuitous within the context of the story.
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What a book! I'm not sure how I discovered R.J. but I am so happy I did.
This is certainly in my top 5 of all time, genuinely enthralling. One of the ones you think about at work or even take to work!
The ones where at 2am you cannot stop.
Its about two brothers and the separate paths they take when certain situations develop. Set in a time without widespread telephones and of course no internet, with ineffective cross border policing. I could envisage every step the brothers took and the landscape in which they walked.
The author at the end mentions he received a letter from a fan of the book asking how one of the brothers was getting on - in a fictional book in a fictional world - I must admit, I wish he had answered as I would like to know.
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Bad Signs covers a week or so in the lives of a convicted killer on his way to death row, two teenage half-brothers he takes hostage after escaping custody, a fifteen-year-old orphaned girl and countless victims of mindless slaughter through 1960s California, Arizona and Texas. Perhaps more than any other single thing, it narrates the birth and genesis of a psychopath and for once gets into the mind and soul of a serial killer in ways that very few other novels of this kind attempt to do.

Earl Sheridan is the 25-year-old murderer en-route to his 'necktie party' - the gallows - but an unscheduled stop at Hesperia Juvenile Correction Facility gives him an opportunity to take advantage of the slacker levels of security to which he is accustomed. In escaping he takes a couple of teenagers hostage: Clay Luckman and his more emotionally troubled half-brother Elliott 'Digger' Danziger. Sheridan makes a huge impression on Digger, so much so that Digger soon realises that this is the kind of man he wants to be. For a short time the three of them go on the run with Sheridan committing horrifying murders on the way, in so doing acting as a kind of mentor to the impressionable Digger. Things come to a head and they go their separate ways, with the police making the assumption that Clay Luckman is the killer that must be shot on sight, while Digger is mistakenly assumed by the police and FBI to be dead. From this point on the story follows the two half-brothers' very different road trips, one a tale of budding teenage romance, the other a catalogue of ruthless slayings.

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