A Quiet Vendetta
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A Quiet Vendetta

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An epic novel of gangland intrigue from 'one of crime fiction's new stars' [Sunday Telegraph]When Catherine Ducane disappears in the heart of New Orleans, the local cops react rapidly - she is the daughter of the Governor of Louisiana after all. But the case gets very strange, very quickly. Her bodyguard turns up horribly mutilated in the trunk of a beautiful vintage car and when her kidnapper calls he doesn't want money: he wants time alone with Ray Hartmann, who works for a Washington-based organised crime task force.All Ray wants to do is get this over with quickly, and go home to try and repair his broken marriage. Instead he must listen to the mysterious kidnapper, an elderly Cuban named Ernesto Perez, who wants to tell him his life story. It's only when he realises that Ernesto has been a brutal hitman for the Mob since the 1950s that things start to come together. But by the time the pieces fall into place, it's already too late...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 128 x 190 x 42mm | 322.05g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752877402
  • 9780752877402
  • 109,467

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This is a beautifully written, atmospheric novel that warps effectively between a hugely enjoyable thriller and an authentic recreation of the claustrophobic Mob world of brutality and paranoia * TRIBUNE * Ellory's entrancing tale weaves the two storylines together, keeping you turning the pages ... this is one of the best mafia reads since Mario Puzo's Godfather * BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY MERCURY * With exquisite pace and perfect timing, Ellory has given us a piercing assessment of the nature of love, loyalty and obsessive revenge, not to mention a deep understanding of la cosa nostra. -- Matthew Lewin * GUARDIAN * Ellory got his thriller writing off to a good start with Candlemoth and followed up tidily with Ghostheart. This book, though, should propel him right up there to battle it out with the big boys ... a satisfying puzzler, and you'll be turning the pages at a brisk rate. * LADSMAG * Beautifully written, this is a novel to get lost in, a novel to savor and one that is a long ride into the darkness, and if you recall reading Mario Puzo's The Godfather as a teenager [as I did], then this powerful book will make you relive that memory - Masterful but beware of the brutality, because it comes out of the most literate prose I have read for many years. -- Ali Karim * SHOTS * May well be the best Mafia novel since The Godfather, it's one damn fine book and should be highly recommended to all but the coziest of crime-fiction fans. -- Elliott Swanson * Booklist USA *show more

About R. J. Ellory

R.J. Ellory is a critically acclaimed author whose novels include the bestselling A Quiet Belief in Angels, which was a Richard & Judy Book Club selection and won the Nouvel Observateur Crime Fiction Prize.Ellory's novels have been translated into twenty-six languages, and he has won the USA Excellence Award for Best Mystery, the Strand Magazine Best Thriller 2009, the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for A Simple Act of Violence, the St Maur Prize, the Avignon Readers' Prize, the Livre de Poche Award and the Quebec Laureat. He has been shortlisted for a further thirteen awards in numerous countries, including four Daggers from the UK Crime Writers' Association.Despite the American setting of his novels, Ellory is British and currently lives in England with his wife and son.To find out more visit www.rjellory.com or follow him on Twitter @rjelloryshow more

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937 ratings
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This is a book that is writ large....the American saga of politics and crime, going back to the 20's. Shudderingly violent with the detailed descriptions of murders by hitmen....yet totally in context. With an alcoholic hero, and a murderer who tells him about his life's work, this is NOT your run of the mill crime novel. R.J.Ellory grabs the reader with this book from the first to the last page, with an ending that is totally unexpected, yet satisfying. People caught up in this tale are people whom the world has, and will always wonder about :who killed Kennedy, Bobby, Monroe, union leaders, plus the the corruption of governors, presidents, Capos of families, this is an intreaguing tale that is difficult to put down. There is also a lyricism in the style of writing that I found captivating. I highly recommend this novel.show more
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