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The Anniversary Man

RJ Ellory

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ISBN 13: 9781590203279
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June 2010

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Twenty years ago, John Costello’s life as he knew it ended. He and his beautiful girlfriend, Nadia, became victims of the deranged “Hammer of God” killer who terrorized Jersey City throughout the summer of 1984. This murderer went after young courting couples in an attempt to “save their souls.” Nadia was killed by the first blow of the hammer. John survived, but was physically and psychologically scarred to an extent that few people could comprehend. He withdrew from society, hid in his apartment, and now only emerges to work as a crime researcher for a major newspaper.

Damaged as he may be, no one in New Jersey knows more about serial killers than John Costello. So, when a new spate of murders starts—all seemingly random and unrelated—John is the only one who can discern the complex pattern that lies behind them. But could this dark knowledge threaten his own life?

R.J. Ellory is the author of six novels, all of which will be published by Overlook. A Quiet Belief In Angels, was shortlisted for the American Barry Award. His other novels have been translated into twenty-two additional languages.

Praise for RJ ELLORY

"R.J. Ellory is a uniquely gifted, passionate, and powerful writer.” —Alan Furst

“R.J. Ellory's remarkable talent for probing the unknown establishes him as the master of the genre. The perfect author to read late into the night." —Clive Cussler

“R.J. Ellory will quickly rank with the best crime writers working today." —Otto Penzler

“In this bleak examination of murder and hope, Ellory’s herrings are as red and sticky as caramelized apples, more dead-ends than Manhattan riverside real estate. Fans of Ellory’s A Quiet Belief in Angels will repeatedly take the wrong road, when trying to identify the Anniversary Man. Readers who expect the amazing success of that novel to be replicated by the Brit who sets his plots in the U.S. as though he intends to recolonize for the Queen will be thrilled with this epic crime fiction novel. Written as though by a native New Yorker, this novel needs to be read twice—once for vice-grip-like details, again for nectar from the consummate wordsmith. So real is Ellory’s writing that the lines between journalism and crime fiction blur. Though Ellory’s standalone crime thrillers grab readers by the throat and don’t let go until the last page, Detective Irving has the makings of Connelly’s Harry Bosch on steroids, sure to be a repeat character--and made with cinematic success into a blockbuster movie.” —Bookreporter.com

“This is one of those police-procedural gems that come along once in a blue moon…And what a story it is!...This could be the one to put [Ellory’s] name in lights in this country. Expect his name to be on every crime-fiction fan’s lips in short order." —Booklist (Starred Review)

“Ellory’s gripping thriller should appeal to lovers of procedurals and may also draw readers of true crime, as it deals with many actual serial killings” —Library Journal

“[Ellory’s] prose is tightly and impressively woven, and edges more toward the lyrical than not…The Anniversary Man choreographs a complicated dance between a couple of fully realized characters, neither of them obviously the killer, but both of whom are amalgams of hope, secrecy, fear and, in their respective manners, courage. …Ellory is a patient storyteller, willing to stretch beyond the necessities of his plot and illuminate people who occupy the peripheries of his captivating tale. He also doesn’t stint in fleshing out his central players, even if in doing so he swings far from the demands of a police procedural.” —January Magazine’s Best Crime Fiction of 2010

“This is an exhilarating New York City serial killer thriller…Fast-paced throughout…fans will relish this strong police procedural.” —Midwest Book Review

“The author takes the reader on a deadly roller coaster ride…a riveting and spellbinding novel” —BookPleasures.com

The Anniversary Man is just Ellory’s second release here in the States (he has seven titles available in the UK) and he’s quickly cementing himself as one of my favorites in the crime genre. His stories are dark and disturbing, his plots keep you guessing, and they never end quite like you think they will.” —BookBitch.com

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