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A Simple Act of Violence

by R. J. Ellory

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

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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 2009 - the prize awarded for an author's body of work.

 

This one is big, 500 pages, but all go too fast.  It is a police procedural one, the story of murdered women who appear not to exist.  Taking place in Washington in the mid-term elections, it’s the last thing the police want but we get election politics mixed into a complicated investigation, which is fascinating.  Moving, disturbing and thought-provoking, it grips from the start.

 

Comparison: Dennis Lehane, Stieg Larsson, Tom Rob Smith.

 

Sarah Broadhurst

A Simple Act of Violence Synopsis

Washington, embroiled in the mid-term elections, did not want to hear about serial killings. But when the newspapers reported a fourth murder, when they gave the killer a name and details of his horrendous crimes, there were few people that could ignore it.

Detective Robert Miller is assigned to the case, and rapidly uncovers a complication. The victims do not officially exist. Their personal details do not register on any known systems. And as Miller unearths ever more disturbing facts, he starts to face truths so far-removed from his own reality that he begins to fear for his life.

 

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A Simple Act of Violence Press Reviews

"A very cunningly constructed serial killer thriller" BOOKSELLER PAPERBACK PREVIEW
 

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ISBN: 9780752883090
Publication date: 02/04/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780752891903
Publication date: 02/10/2008
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780752883090
Publication date: 2nd April 2009
Author: R. J. Ellory
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 592 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About R. J. Ellory

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 ...

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