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A Simple Act of Violenceby R J Ellory
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The award-winning CIA thriller by "a uniquely gifted, passionate, and powerful writer" (Alan Furst).
R. J. Ellory's latest paperback is his most timely, menacing serial killer novel yet, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.. As in his globally acclaimed A Quiet Belief in Angels, it is a stunning work of suspense guaranteed to keep the reader awake at night. Set in Washington, embroiled in elections, it follows Detective Robert Miller as he is assigned to an unsettling murder case. He finds a serious 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 about the corrupt world he lives in --truths so far removed from his own reality that he begins to fear for his life.
As CrimeSquad described it, "this is a book with everything that a fan of modern mystery fiction could hope for: a labyrinthine plot, unbearable tension, controversy, and a social conscience."
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 uncover 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.
About the Author
R.J. Ellory is the author of eight novels, including A Quiet Belief in Angels, which was The Strand Magazine's thriller of the year and was nominated for the SIBA award, and The Anniversary Man, both published by Overlook. He is a regular at Bouchercon and Thrillerfest, and his novels have been translated into twenty-five languages.
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