A Simple Act of Violence Hardcover – 2 Oct 2008
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Praise for "A Simple Act of Violence"
"Ellory is back with an amazing new novel. It's not only a mystery with enough plot twists to keep the most jaded fan of the genre guessing, it's also a high-speed car chase of a thriller . . . Ellory lures the reader into a Machiavellian tapestry of international proportions . . . Many writers who attempt to construct a novel with levels of geopolitical intrigue found here wind up producing a string of lame polemics or, even worse, a conspiracy-theory rant. It's a tribute to Ellory's mastery of his craft to note that he avoids these pitfalls completely. This is a superbly entertaining book and one that will endure in the reader's thoughts long after the last page turns. After several fine novels, it's high time Ellory takes his rightful place on crime fiction's A-list." -- "Booklist" Starred Review
"At the outset of this superb crime thriller from Ellory ("The Anniversary Man"), Det. Robert Miller, a veteran Washington, D.C., copN
Praise for "A Simple Act of Violence" "A police procedural thus shifts into a conspiracy thriller and historical expos? . . . There are powerful scenes and vivid images." --"Wall Street Journal"
"The backstory is ingeniously written as a first-person account of the relationship of the killer to his victims and relates how passions of the persons involved and their actions lead up to the present. The DC murder investigations, written in third person, provide a quick read and plenty of blood and gory scenes to satisfy the taste of the most bloodthirsty thriller fan. There is something for everyone in "A Simple Act of Violence" . . . This crime thriller will delight the palate of lovers of political intrigue in international venues, events that ring of historical truth, bringing the action closer to the realm of real life." --"New York Journal of Books"
"Impressive prose and pacing, coupled with a grim, unflinching view of reality that James Ellroy would recognize, make t
"A beautifully written novel that is also a great mystery." James Patterson
"The master of the genre." Clive Cussler
"A police procedural thus shifts into a conspiracy thriller and historical expose Powerful scenes and vivid images." "Wall Street Journal"
"A masterful exercise in suspense . . . This one will keep you up late reading, and then you won't be able to sleep."
"A rich, powerful, evocative novel of great psychological depth." Jonathan Kellerman
The master of the genre. --Clive Cussler"
A beautifully written novel that is also a great mystery.--James Patterson
The master of the genre.--Clive Cussler
A police procedural thus shifts into a conspiracy thriller and historical expose Powerful scenes and vivid images." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Washington has a new menace... a serial killer whose victims don't exist...See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
So basically, you have Police Detective Robert Miller and his partner Al Roth, doing their best to find a serial killer known as The Ribbon Killer who badly beats his victims almost beyond recognition,ties a ribbon around their neck attached to which is a luggage tag like those put on the big toes of John Does in the USA and there's always a very strong smell of lavender on the victims. But the latest victim lacks the beatings so is this the same murderer or a copycat?
During the investigation into the death of the latest victim Catherine Sheridan, Miller has his first encounter with John Robey, a university leturer and man who appears to be without a past. While Robey becomes a prime suspect in the minds of others on the investigation team, Miller just doesn't feel that he's right for the murders. But is he?
Whilst tending to have me think I had the actual murdered sussed, on more than one occasion, it wasn't until very close to the end that I had my confusion sorted. Then as I closed the book, I realized that all the pointers to who was responsible for the murders had been right there in black and white pretty much most of the way through but just kept throwing red herrings, (fairly convincing ones I might add), at me. Shan't tell you who 'done it' because I wouldn't want to spoil things for you but if you want a really good read, this is it!
Tony Laforce, Hackney
We have two stories in this novel. First is the story set in the vividly portrayed Washington D.C, where the Ribbon Killer has burst onto the pages of a myriad of D.C broadsheets following four gruesome murders. Detective Robert Miller is charged with the responsibility of making sense of these killings, particularly that of victim number four; Catherine Sheridan. As he delves deeper, things make less sense, become more complicated, and then he comes upon a very interesting character.
This character's back story is told separately but does not make the novel in any way disjointed. Like in past RJE novels, it is interwoven gracefully. The story of the indoctrination and deployment of this character in the CIA is in my opinion Ellory's best writing to date. The research that went into to this must have been immense. Solid facts are entwined with fiction so skilfully that you cannot see the seams or the joins. The descriptions of the questionable activities of this CIA, this "Sacred Monster" provide electrifying and terrifying revelations in equal measure.
We have here a novel with wonderful depth, great characterisation, and the fastest pace of all RJE's books thus far. If you loved A Quiet Vendetta for its sheer audacity of scope, or a Quiet Belief in Angels for its wonderful characterisation, then this is veritable feast. You see, this book exceeds both of them on both fronts.
An immense achievement, go and read it I think you will love it, it is certainly at the top of my favourite ever reads. RJ Ellory is here to stay.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An unusual book that took some getting into but worth the perseverance. Disturbing and scary but in a way that stays with you, not spooky.Published 8 months ago by Deb
I absolutely loved this book. Written beautiful I've become addicted to Ellory's style of writing and just can't wait to read more of his books. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kayleigh Brown
For much of the first half of this thriller, the twin narrative is actually quite annoying. It's an oft-used device by crime authors. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gonetomorrow
A book I couldn't put down. The story was gripping right up to the last page. Now going through other books by R J. Ellory.Published 21 months ago by Anne Williams
Wow. Just wow. This is amazing. I have just finished if and I am reeling from it. The pace, the plot well just about everything to be honest. This is good, very very good. Read morePublished on 7 May 2014 by Yorkshire Rose
I really like this author's stuff. This has a great storyline and characters you can really sympathise with. Definitely keeps you gripped until the last page.Published on 5 April 2014 by Amazon Customer