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The Anniversary Man
by R. J. Ellory

RRP €12.80

The Anniversary Man
by Author Name R. J. Ellory

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List Price:12.80
Format: Paperback, 198 x 127 x 29mm, 464pp
Publication date: 15 Apr 2010
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
ISBN-13: 9780752883106

Dubray Review

This is not just another crime novel featuring a gruesome killer. As with Ellory’s previous book, A Quiet Belief In Angels, it’s a study of how a crime affects those surrounding it.  John Costello is the only survivor of a particularly vicious serial killer. Unfortunately, his girlfriend didn’t survive and John has become a reclusive researcher for a newspaper crime desk.  When a series of seemingly unconnected murders occur, John’s encyclopaedic knowledge of serial killers reveals a pattern. The killer copies previous murders and strikes on the same dates – hence The Anniversary Man. While the murders are horrific and the killer is ingenious, John Costello remains at the centre of this book. He must abandon his self-imposed seclusion and confront his deepest terrors in order to capture the killer. This classic ‘page-turner’ is also beautifully written.

- Matthew Ziruk, Galway


Twenty years ago John Costello's life, as he knew it, ended. He and his beautiful girlfriend, Nadia, were victims of the deranged 'Hammer of God' killer who terrorised New Jersey City throughout the summer of 1984. Nadia was killed instantly. John survived, but withdrew from society, emerging only to work as a crime researcher for a major newspaper. Damaged he may be, but no one in New Jersey knows more about serial killers than John Costello. Then a new spate of murders starts - all seemingly random and unrelated - until John discovers a complex pattern that links them. But could this dark knowledge be about to threaten his life?


'Quite simply one of the best cop thrillers you'll read this year. Or any year. It's an achievement that parks Ellory's wagon on the driveway of Michael Connelly, the finest American exponent of the genre, and no higher praise can I give.' EVENING TELEGRAPH 'The prose is daring and he is head and shoulders above his contemporaries.' CATHOLIC HERALD 'This thriller was so gripping it had me holding my breath as I turned the pages' ESSENTIALS 'a serial killer story unlike any grips like a claw' EVENING TELEGRAPH 'This is one of those police-procedural gems that come along once in a blue moon.' -- Elliott Swanson BOOKLIST 'This man [Ellory] is incapable of writing a mediocre book. All are, without doubt, first class.' LOVEREADING.CO.UK 'This is one of Ellory's fastest reads, a real page-turner, gruesome, at times chilling, building to an edge-of-the-seat climax. Awesome.' LOVEREADING.CO.UK '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 (USA)