Bad Signs Paperback – 27 Sep 2012
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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.(CRIMEZINE)
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)
A superb thriller from the acclaimed author of A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
With Ellory's previous novel ...Read more ›
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I loved it, fast paced, thrilling kept me up until all hours reading it. Well written, funny and sad all jumbled up. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carole
First Ellory book that I've read, but will definitely be trying more. His writing is very evocative and the story draws you in deeply. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Whitford
Have loved everything written by Ellory and this didn't disappoint. Bit grim but excellent read.Published 21 months ago by Miss T Green
I have been an avid fan of Ellory since reading Candlemoth and believe I have managed to read all his books. Read morePublished 21 months ago by H. BROLLY
The first R J Ellory book I read was "A quiet belief in Angels" which I liked.This book for me is even better as there is a lot more depth in the characters and the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Miss L. Andrews