City of Lies Paperback – 2008
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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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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...
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.
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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Good book as always. Get sucked into characters and plot. Ends you want to know what happens, No Mega heros.Published 6 months ago by Paul A Thomas
I have much enjoyed other books by Ellory, but this one not so much. Bit thin on plot, characters rather cardboard cut out as other reviewers have said, and I also found the style... Read morePublished 13 months ago by johnh
Worth reading and really intense,as all of his books. Definitely worth reading more by him. Met RJ Ellory at an author event for bookcrossing.Published on 29 May 2014 by Alison turner
This guy is amazing, just found him and his books (read two so far) are brilliant. Truly great talent indeedPublished on 7 Mar. 2013 by gambling_man