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A Dark and Broken Heart by [Ellory, R.J.]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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Classic noir, a journey to the dark corners of man's foolishness, where nothing is ever what it seems and no one can ever be trusted. Ellory is beginning to sound like the master [James Ellroy]. I can think of no higher praise. (DAILY MAIL)

As ever the writing is pungent and lacerating. This is a book that takes no prisoners and Ellory's continuing commercial success is assured. (DAILY EXPRESS)

A pedal to the metal thriller (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

R.J. Ellory has produced another fine novel to follow Bad Signs and is becoming as prolific as he is good. With A Dark and Broken Heart, his eleventh novel, the author has captured the very essence of what makes good men act badly and why bad men act as intrinsically as they do, and is certainly an addition to any crime fan's "must read" list this summer. (WE LOVE THIS BOOK)

tough, poetic, streaming prose (CATHOLIC HERALD)

This thriller is written with so much power it pins you to your seat. I haven't read a better cop story since... well Ellory's own bestseller Saints of New York... A superbly riveting read (PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH)

As thrilling as a ride on the Coney Island Cyclone (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

Gripping thriller (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)

R.J. Ellory has carved himself a place at the top of British crime fiction with his dark and obsessively driven detective novels... a gripping read (CATHOLIC HERALD)

Ellory's books are stand-alones - introducing us to a whole new set of characters and conflicts with each book. And it is to his credit that he always succeeds in rigidly maintaining our attention throughout his vast, sprawling narratives (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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How long can a man escape judgement? A dark and atmospheric thriller from the award-winning author of A Quiet Belief in Angels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1109 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007C52J6O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It took me a couple of chapters to get going with this book but once I did I couldn't put it down!

My feelings towards Vincent the main character were very mixed, I think the fact that the story was told mainly from his view point made me sympathise with him more than I would have done otherwise. The emotions portrayed made me root for him even when he didn't deserve it!

I read lots of "easy reading" books over the summer and it was good to get my teeth back into a gritty storyline.
If you like a beautifully written thriller, where the lines stopped being black and white long ago and have become many shades of grey, A Dark and Broken Heart fits the bill!

I've read the majority of RJ Ellory's books and it still amazes me when in the midst of reading about murder, hate and greed there are lines written so poetically I forget that I'm reading a crime thriller.

Looking forward to the next one....
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Frustrating because....you should, you know you should, utterly dislike Madigan - for all he is and all he has done. But, you just can't stop those teeny feelings of sympathy creeping in. He wants to put his bad past to rest though to do so needs him to be just a little more bad. That is where the frustration creeps in.

Once again RJ Ellory entices you into his storyville and holds you there. He is without doubt one of the best authors around - and I hope he stays around for a long time to come. The literary world would be a far more dull place without him.

To all the 'one star haters' - really, you should get out more. To be so bitter and twisted can't be good for your health. People make mistakes - all people. So what? Did it affect you personally? No - move on!

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This is as good as it gets. Writing this good should not be limited to the Crime genre. It transcends the genre simply by the quality of the writing.

Just stop what you're doing and buy the book. Ellory makes the others look like bumbling amateurs. If you're not drawn into the character of Madigan, then you don't have a heart, either dark or broken.

I keep this book on my desk, to remind me how it's done. It really is that good.
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This is one of those stories for which the synopsis is best kept to a minimum because there's an important and surprise twist early on and I wouldn't want to spoil things by saying too much about the character of Vincent Madigan. So very briefly, and in keeping with the dust-jacket blurb, Madigan is embroiled in a robbery which goes wrong - a child is injured - and most of the tale involves his efforts to protect that child and her mother and wriggle out of trouble himself. You could call him a killer with a new-found conscience in search of a redemption that he knows he does not deserve.

I found it difficult not to draw comparisons between this and Ellory's 2010 offering Saints of New York, even though the stories have little in common. The key difference is that while the leading character of SoNY was fundamentally good, Vince Madigan is simply bad, and any entitlement to redemption is just too late now. This the reader knows from pretty much the first couple of pages and it has to be said that his ultimate destiny is not hard to guess at - it's just a question of how the journey unfolds. The conflict for many a reader, I guess, is that Madigan is curiously likeable, and despite his black past and irreconcilable actions, you'll have at least a part of you that roots for him. He is the hard-drinking pill-popper with the dark and broken heart, he's aware of it but in spite of his estranged wives and children he makes a point of saying that there is no point on dwelling on the past, no point in regrets. What's done is done, he says.

It took a while to really get involved in this tale but as usual with this author I most definitely did, and the 'middle bit' is highly entertaining.
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If you leave aside the 4 individuals who cannot get beyond the admittedly dubious review practice of the author and, instead, focus on the other 16 reviews, you do get the real sense of how good this book really is. I have read all of the authors published works to date. I feared after Bad Signs and The Anniversary Man that he was, perhaps, burned out. But then, along comes A Dark and Broken Heart and your faith is restored in his writings. A great book which is well worth a read and well worth the 5 stars. I am looking forward to his next one.
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Ellory at his darkest. The main character here is about as much of an anti-hero as you can get yet I was drawn to him. I wanted him to get through this terrible sequence that he had set off and emerge a changed man. As a policeman he plans and executes a robbery on a ruthless crime syndicate using criminals he has a hold over. It goes badly wrong and he is left holding so many pieces there seems no way out. What will he do now? He has sunk so low, is so far off the chart for a policeman we should not care, but we do. At the end it is so affecting and so brutal I hesitate to recommend it. If you have a strong stomach and like Ellory go for it. Otherwise.....????
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