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City of Lies Paperback – 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Orion; Reissued edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407219847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407219844
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,329,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date :2006-5-1 Pages: 453 Publisher: Oversea Publishing House The father he betieved to be dead for more than thirty years is ative. though tying in a coma in a Manhattan hospitat Returning home to New York brings with. it memories of chitdhood. many of them painfut. and yet Harper coutd never have prepared hirnsetf for the truth Confronted with the reatity of his fathers existence. Harper finds himsetf seduced by a tifestyte that he seems to have inherited -. an underwortd rife of power . treachery and menace.


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This is the third Ellory book I have read and although I found it a good read, I don't agree with the other reviewers decision to give it 5 stars.
It started well and was fast paced, then went very ordinary. 200 pages could have been taken out in the last third without spoiling the story at all (infact it may have improved it)!! If you haven't read any Ellory, I suggest 'A Quiet Vendetta' or ' A quiet Belief in Angels'. I am going to read Candlemoth and Ghostheart now. Fingers crossed I am not disappointed...
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i am a big fan of ellory, but found this to be fatuous and bloated. The whining John harper should have been shot very early on. Most of the book is filled with inane page filling relationship conversation, which could have been trimmed like a halal best cut. The end is good though, and written more like the ellory i know and like.
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I have found the books written by R.J. Ellory really enthralling and this book is no exception. I found them quite by chance and have enjoyed reading all of them as there is always a twist and turn that is not expected.
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This book was the one before A Quiet Belief of Angels, the book that catapulted Ellory to the top of crime book writing. It shows Ellory at his best with a cracking story, that equals his more famous successor.
Protagonist John Harper, suddenly finds out that his father, who he thought died thirty years earlier, is in fact alive, although badly wounded in a robbery he tried to prevent.
The first part of the book is a bit slow, and a little frustrating as it seemed nothing much is happening, and also no one seems to want to tell Harper anything about what happened to his father and mother. We get little hints, that his mother committed suicide, that his guardian's husband Garrett also killed himself. In fact there were so many mysteries to the story, like Duchaunak the policeman with a fixation for Marilyn Monroe, and then there is Walt, Ben Marcus, and Cathy Hollander, I just felt compelled to carry on reading. And I'm very glad I did. It was something of a slow burner.
As bit by bit, the story unfolds, it becomes more and more compelling, and in the end I found it on a par with his best books.
Some of the scene's were terrific towards the end. A scene where Harper is introduced to the gangsters at the meeting, with them thinking he's like his dad, when really he's just a newspaper reporter who has no idea what the world of gangsters is like, has fantastic tension. And then when the gangsters rob the four banks simultaneously, again I couldn't stop reading, and I could vividly imagine what was going on. Great pace and tension here too.
Cathy Hollander the love interest for Harper, is one of the gangsters, who has a soft spot for Harper. Her part in the story when revealed near the end, is so unexpected, it takes your breath away. The last fifty pages or so, where the truth is finally revealed are riveting, with so many twists and turns, it makes for a very satisfying read.
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I don't know what it is about this author, but I've never read anything quite like it. Having been a committed fan since Candlemoth, I went through quite a rigmarole to secure an advance copy of this book. I'm not even going to admit how much I paid for it! It's something about the storyline, something about the writing style, most of all about the believability of the characters...all of them ordinary people finding themselves in extraordinary situations and dealing with it the way ordinary people would. Ellory doesn't stretch your suspended disbelief, but he never ceases to convey the emotional impact of what is happening with his people. I truly believe that his books are as good as they come, and I really hope that he breaks through and becomes a household name. All I can say is that all four of his books are stand-alone masterpieces. Doesn't matter which one you read, you'll want to read the other three. City of Lies would make a truly remarkable film, because the characters and the dialogue that make a great film are already there. I have already decided on the cast that could carry such a brilliant story and do it justice. All I can say is that Ellory is a writer bound for stardom...and it seems from his website ([...]) that he is doing it because he loves it and for no other reason. He deserves every ounce of success he might get, and I hope that success will come soon. All I have to say in closing is that I now have to wait another year or so for an Ellory book and that's just irritating beyond belief. There is little else that I've read this year that has even come close.
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Format: Hardcover
Tracked down an advance copy of this book and read it in two sittings. Haven't read anything by this author before, but will definitely get hold of the first three. A really good story, great characters, had me hooked right to the end...which I never guessed! Have read a wealth of thrillers, mysteries etc., and always try to second guess the ending. This one I didn't figure out! A really good style as well. Not your usual pedestrian writing, but very different. Stands out above most things I've read in the last twelve months.
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By Big Bertha TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2008
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From the moment John Harper got the phone call summoning him back to New York and found out that his father, who he'd thought dead for the past 30 years was seriously ill in hospital following a shooting in a liquor store I was hooked.

As the storyline develops John uncovers a massive web of lies and deceit starting with the Aunt who brought him up and told him his father was dead, Uncle Walt his fathers business partner in the criminal underworld, the 'eye candy' Cathy Hollander. Which one should he believe? Where does the seemingly obsessed Detective Frank Duchaunak fit into it all?

I enjoyed this one so much I didn't want to finish it.

A fabulous read and as already said it would make a fantastic movie!

Anyone who's considering an RJ Ellory book and not sure which one, they're all great, but I'd recommend this one or 'A Quiet Vendetta'
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