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Senior Special Agent Travis was just 15 when his mother murdered his very violent father. He learnt very early on to keep his emotions to himself and believes totally in upholding the law to the letter. His case here concerns a body found beneath the carousel of a travelling carnival. Travis interviews the motley crew of freaks, acrobats, illusionists and mind readers led by Edgar Doyle. All appear evasive in their answers. But it seems the circus folk may know too much; secrets that hark back to World War II for this is 1959, Edgar J Hoover heads the Special Branch and the US Government is not as squeaky clean as it should be. I am a huge fan of this author.

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Synopsis

A Carnival of Shadows by R. J. Ellory

But when a man's body is discovered beneath the carousel, with no clue as to his identity, FBI Special Agent Michal Travis is sent to investigate. Led by the elusive Edgar Doyle, the carnival folk range from the enigmatic to the bizarre, but none of them will give Travis a straight answer to his questions. With each new turn of the investigation, Doyle and his companions challenge Travis's once unshakeable faith in solid facts and hard evidence. As the consequences of what has happened become ever more disturbing, Travis struggles to open his mind to a truth that defies comprehension. Will he be able to convince himself that things are not what they seem? Or will he finally reconcile himself to a new reality - one that threatens to undermine everything in which he has ever placed his trust? In his powerful, atmospheric new thriller, bestselling author R.J. Ellory introduces the weird and wonderful world of the Carnival Diablo and reveals the dark secrets that lurk at its heart.

Reviews

At a time when crime fiction has become so formulaic, it's a relief to find a book as left-field as this latest offering from RJ Ellory... An intriguing, delightfully unpredictable novel. MAIL ON SUNDAY He [Ellory} raises interesting questions about society and our fear to question. DAILY EXPRESS An atmospheric thriller with a gallery of fascinating characters. IRISH INDEPENDENT


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.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Hardback

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense


ISBN

9781409124207

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