Kansas, 1959. When a travelling carnival appears overnight, the townsfolk of Seneca Falls are entranced. But the circus brings more than just magic and illusion to the small town: a dead man is discovered beneath the carousel. For FBI Special Agent Michael Travis, the world is clear cut. But there are a lot of grey areas in this case. The carnival folk are unwilling to answer a straight question and they begin to challenge Travis's once unshakeable faith in solid facts and hard evidence...As the investigation turns ever more disturbing, Travis is forced to question everything he believes in as a dark and horrifying conspiracy comes to light.
|Publication date:||7th May 2015|
|Author:||R. J. Ellory|
|Publisher:||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 10/07/2022
In 1959 in Kansas, a travelling carnival appears overnight (shades of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – whose poetic style may be an influence on Ellory). The people of Seneca Falls find themselves completely under its spell, but there is a sinister undertow: a corpse is found beneath the carousel. Hard-headed FBI special agent Michael Travis likes to know exactly where he is in such cases, but this is a case that defies straightforward resolution. The carnival folks are notably unhelpful, and their actions result in Travis being hardly able to believe in the evidence of his own eyes. Atmospheric and unusual fare from Ellory.
'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
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 ...More About R. J. Ellory