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The Devil and the River by R. J. Ellory
  

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A beautiful and vivacious 16-year old girl, Nancy, disappears in 1954. In 1974 her body, preserved and showing signs of ritual killing, surfaces. The sheriff landed with the case is a Vietnam veteran still suffering from the trauma of war. We get lots of flashbacks, some a bit repetitive, as he grapples with the horror of this case and his life. In the background is a mysterious wealthy family the son of whom was in love with Nancy. I am a huge fan of R J Ellory, every single one of his mysteries is a must read. This is not his best but it is still so much better than a lot else in the area.

If you like R. J. Ellory you might also like to read books by Nicholas Evans, George P Pelecanos and Nelson DeMille.

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Synopsis

The Devil and the River by R. J. Ellory

On a summer evening in 1954, 16-year-old Nancy Denton walked into the woods of her hometown of Whytesburg, Mississippi. She was never seen again. Two decades on, Sheriff John Gaines witnesses a harrowing discovery. A body has been unearthed from the riverbank, perfectly preserved, yet bearing evidence of a brutal ritualistic killing. Nancy has come home at last. Already haunted by his experiences in Vietnam, Gaines must now find out what really happened to the beautiful and vivacious Nancy. As he closes in on the truth, Gaines is forced to not only confront his own demons, but to unearth secrets that have long remained hidden. And that truth, so much darker than he could ever have imagined, may be the one thing that finally destroys him.

Reviews

RJ Ellory sets out his stall with terrific vim and a gripping premise in his latest thriller... an energetic and winning exercise in pulp fiction with a Southern Gothic flavour. - METRO

Voodoo and murders and gothically imposing southern dynasties - what's not to like? There are moments of genuine chills, fearsomely speedy page-turning and real humour... an enjoyable summer read. - OBSERVER

Another page turner... an enjoyable whodunnit that keeps the twists and turns coming until the very end. - NEWCASTLE JOURNAL

About the Author

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.

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.

Author photo © Adam Scourfield

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Publication date

24th April 2014

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R. J. Ellory

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781409121336

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