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Saints of New York Paperback – 30 Sep 2010

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409104753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409104759
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 881,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His [Ellory] complex procedurals feel influenced by The Wire and the hardboiled cop thrillers of the 1970s. The accumulation of details is accompanied by a powerful sense of location and well-paced action sequences. In this siren-filled world there are no easy answers. The result is vivid story-telling with a dark heart and an angry conscience. (Christopher Fowler FINANCIAL TIMES)

This is a marvellous, nail-biting roller-coaster ride of a novel, perhaps the best British-written police procedural for several years. SAINTS OF NEW YORK is also much more than that: a meditation on guilt, suffering, and the sins of the fathers, from one of our brightest and best talents. (CATHOLIC HERALD)

Saints Of New York is a tour de force and deserves considerable success. (DAILY EXPRESS)

Like his maverick protagonist, Ellory shows evidence of frustration at having to "colour inside the lines", yet his skill in doing so makes the familiar entertaining. Even when the plot is following a prescribed sequence, it never quite feels as though he is going through the motions. (Sam Byers TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)

Ellory can write. His prose is spare, telegraphic and lyrical. The dialogue is sharp and convincing... The climax is masterful, a chaotic collision of the planned and the unforeseen which illustrates just how well Ellory is in charge of his characters and his plot. Saints of New York just couldn't be better. (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD)

Dark and intense, Saints of New York opens, quite literally, with a blood bath, and from there you are in the master's hands and he's not letting go until that last satisfying page is turned. (CRIMESQUAD)

It's a suspenseful and interesting tale, beautifully written in an all-American style. It was a surprise to learn that the author is actually British; but so, of course, was Raymond Chandler. (LITERARY REVIEW)

There's a darkly lyrical cadence to his writing that engages your emotions and compels you to care about the characters he creates in his utterly compulsive thrillers. This one grabs your heart, squeezes your gut and fills you with dread at what might befall troubled New York detective Frank Parrish. You certainly can't put it down, forget it, or escape the intensity of the ride Ellory takes you on. 10/10 (PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH)

Saints of New York pulls no punches with a gritty and unsettling narrative that cements Ellory's reputation as a rising star of crime fiction... uncompromising and utterly compelling. (WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)

It could be so clichéd - an irreverent, hard-drinking gumshoe with a broken marriage, a hooker on the side and a tough case to solve. But Ellory crafts this premise into a truly exceptional drama. (DAILY RECORD)

I can't really do justice to how brilliant I thought this book was, how taut and tense and well characterised. Suffice it to say though, Ellory has turned out yet another great novel and is rapidly becoming one of my favourite crime fiction authors. More than highly recommended, this is a must-read. (CRIMEANDPUBLISHING)

A bleak, atmospheric tale of modern America written surprisingly by an Englishman. Ellory has a good ear for American speech and location... another one to keep an eye on. (SUNDAY TRIBUNE)

Saints of New York is equally impressive as a psychological study of a man on the edge of the abyss, and Ellory invests his gripping plot and strong characterisations with an existential angst that at times makes for harrowing reading. (IRISH TIMES)

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Most cops are trying to right grievous wrongs. Few, however, have to deal with the horrific crimes of their own father...

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