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R. J. Ellory - Author

R .J. Ellory is the author of nine previous novels including 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 23 languages, and he has won the USA EXCELLENT AWARD FOR BEST MYSTERY, the STRAND MAGAZINE BEST THRILLER 2009, the THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR for A SIMPLE ACT OF VIOLENCE and the QUEBEC LAUREAT. He has been shortlisted for a further 13 awards 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.

He has also written books under the name Roger Jon Ellory, which can be viewed by clicking here.

In 2011 R. J. Ellory was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded to an author for a body of work.

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If you like R. J. Ellory you might also like to read books by William Landay, David Hosp and Dennis Lehane.

Featured Books, with extracts, by R. J. Ellory

Bad Signs by R. J. Ellory
Bad Signs
R. J. Ellory
Oh, this man is good, one of the best. Here, in 60's rural America, he has half-brothers taken hostage by an escaped convicted serial killer sentenced to death, so with nothing to lose. This is grim, dark stuff, disturbing and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/09/2012
Saints of New York by R. J. Ellory
Saints of New York
R. J. Ellory
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. A disturbing, double-edged story of a man fighting his own demons and those he is investigating, all tied round an increasing quantity of dead girls. It’s a gripping read,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011
The Anniversary Man by R. J. Ellory
The Anniversary Man
R. J. Ellory
This man is incapable of writing a mediocre book. All are, without doubt, first class. Here a serial killer in New York is copy-catting past killings. One man, a crime researcher for a newspaper, knows an awful lot about the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2010
A Simple Act of Violence by R. J. Ellory
A Simple Act of Violence
R. J. Ellory
Winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. April 2009 Book of the Month. R J Ellory was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2009
A Simple Act of Violence by R. J. Ellory
A Simple Act of Violence
R. J. Ellory
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 January 2009. This is a big book by an author with a big future. He is one of my favourites and has now become one of the nation’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2008
A Quiet Belief in Angels by R. J. Ellory
A Quiet Belief in Angels
R. J. Ellory
Barry Forshaw on R. J. Ellory and Stanley Ellin... A Quiet Belief in Angels was the breakthrough book for British writer R.J. Ellory, and his particular skill lies in a sprawling, ambitious realisation of American locales –...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/12/2007
City of Lies by R. J. Ellory
City of Lies
R. J. Ellory
Book number four and I still can’t believe how good this author is. Don’t pigeon-hole this man a ‘crime author’, he is so much more than that. A phone call tells our protagonist, John, that the father he assumed dead...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2007
A Quiet Vendetta by R. J. Ellory
A Quiet Vendetta
R. J. Ellory
Book number three and now we have real depth of character, a man who literally lives and breaths and jumps off the page. He is a Mafia hit-man and this is his story over four decades, again steeped in history,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2006
Ghostheart by R. J. Ellory
R. J. Ellory
Book number two and a lot of history surrounds this compulsive tale, from Auschwitz to gangland America in the 50s and 60s but now our narrator is a woman, Annie, and my admiration for this author increases. We are treated...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/01/2005
Candlemoth by R. J. Ellory
R. J. Ellory
The first novel and as such my introduction to an author I assumed to be a middle-aged American. When I met the young Brummie hunk I was astounded for this is a tale of America’s prejudice in the 50s and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2004

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