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by Orion Fiction, 22 May 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4091-2423-8
The seductive power of R. J. Ellory's lyrical prose has been noted
before by other reviewers. The reader is wooed into this
novel of suspense in the southern US, although it is far more than simply a
crime novel. One of the two protagonists is Henry Quinn, newly released
after serving three years in a Texas prison.
The second is his former cell-mate Evan Riggs, a man
serving life of murder. Quinn is deeply remorseful and ashamed of the
circumstances in which he came to be spending three years in prison, and the
mission that Riggs has given him becomes a way of redeeming himself. He
promises Evan that he will deliver a letter to Riggs's daughter, a woman Riggs
has never met and knows almost nothing about. Quinn begins his
quest in Calvary, a small Texas town controlled by the bullying local Sheriff,
Carson Riggs, Evan's estranged brother.
The action moves between the 1920s and the 1970's,
gradually mapping the circumstances which led to Evan Riggs (a promising
C&W singer) being incarcerated for life and cleverly meshing with Quinn's
own story. Arrived in Calvary, Quinn quickly hooks up with a local
wild-child and the two of them find themselves involved with far more than a
simple search for a missing girl, coming up against a series of against brick
walls erected by a number of conscienceless players at various political and
Brilliantly plotted, brilliantly written. I can
only say that it is a Do-Not-Miss read. And once read, I would recommend
that you read all Ellory's other books, if you haven't done so already.
R J Ellory was born
in Birmingham, England in June of 1965. Roger began his first novel on November 4th, 1987 at the age of
twenty-two., He completed twenty-two novels, most of them in longhand, and
accumulated several hundred polite and complimentary rejection letters from
many different and varied publishers. Roger stopped writing out of sheer
frustration and did not start again until August 2001. As of 2012, RJ
Ellory had published ten novels, the most recent entitled A Dark and
Broken Heart. Candlemoth, his first-published, was
shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger, as was his fourth, City of Lies,
in 2006. His fifth novel, A Quiet Belief in Angels, was selected
for the Richard & Judy Book Club in the UK, and was subsequently translated
into more than twenty languages including French, Italian, Spanish, German,
Dutch, Japanese, Brazilian, Swedish, Norwegian and Lithuanian. All of
Ellory’s works will be released by Overlook Press as original US publications
in the foreseeable future.
Susan Moodywas born and brought up in Oxford. She has published over 30 crime
and suspense novels, including the Penny Wanawake series and the Cassandra
Swann bridge series. She is a past Chairman of the British Crime Writers'
Association, a member of the Detection Club, a past Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tasmania and a past President of the
International Association of Crime Writers. She divides her time between
south-west France and
Nominated for the CWA short story award. Nominated for the RNA's