Author(s): Roger Jon Ellory
When Catherine Ducane disappears in the heart of New Orleans, the local cops react rapidly - she is the daughter of the Governor of Louisiana after all. But the case gets very strange, very quickly. Her bodyguard turns up horribly mutilated in the trunk of a beautiful vintage car and when her kidnapper calls he doesn't want money: he wants time alone with Ray Hartmann, who works for a Washington-based organised crime task force. All Ray wants to do is get this over with quickly, and go home to try and repair his broken marriage. Instead he must listen to the mysterious kidnapper, an elderly Cuban named Ernesto Perez, who wants to tell him his life story. It's only when he realises that Ernesto has been a brutal hitman for the Mob since the 1950s that things start to come together. But by the time the pieces fall into place, it's already too late...
From the author of A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS - new in paperback Reissued in the terrific new cover style R.J. Ellory reached the top twenty in the Sunday Times bestseller list with his debut CANDLEMOTH He receives fantastic reviews: 'With exquisite pace and perfect timing, Roger Jon Ellory has given us a piercing assessment of the nature of love, loyalty and obsessive revenge, not to mention a deep understanding of la costa nostra' Guardian 'Geuinely heartbreaking ... an extremely vivid, moving picture of the human condition ... a superb tale of tragedy and revenge' Big Issue. 'Another fine book from Ellory, with an unpredictable conclusion' Daily Telegraph 'A beautiful and haunting book. This is a tour-de-force from R.J. Ellory' Michael Connelly
R.J. Ellory studied graphics and photography, intending to pursue a career in photojournalism. He started writing more than ten years ago. His books have been translated into Italian, German and Dutch, and two of his novels have been shortlisted for CWA Daggers. He divides his time between his work as a novelist and voluntary programmes in the areas of drug rehabilitation and youth literacy. He is married with one son, and currently resides in The Midlands.