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A Quiet Vendetta Hardcover – 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Orion Books; British First edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752860607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752860602
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 880 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,156,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Sir Norm on Nov. 15 2015
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Very captivating so far.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Beware the Sock Puppeting Author Sept. 4 2012
By RT - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I feel compelled to add one more warning for people considering this novel. The author, RJ Ellory, has admitted writing glowing reviews for his own books using assumed names. I read some of the reviews for this novel, and it is hard to believe they were written by regular people. I encourage everyone to use common sense when reading reviews, and to make sure they look at some of the negative reviews as well. (Although you also have to be careful with those reviews because RJ Ellory has also admitted to writing stink bomb reviews for the work of competing authors.)
22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
A Quiet Vendetta-what an ironic title Sept. 4 2012
By L D Hudson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I imagine old R.J. must have had quite a laugh when he chose the title for this book, given that he himself was secretly engaged in a vendetta against other crime writers. I believe I may have fallen victim to his despicable tactics. At one point, I had been about to buy works by Mark Billingham, but decided against it based on convincing, negative reviews. Like most people, I hate to be duped, and I'm sure what Mr Ellory has done will backfire on him.
36 of 50 people found the following review helpful
If he could write novels as good as he writes his own reviews Sept. 3 2012
By Alucard - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It is a shame that he can only write reviews well as his stories are full of clichés, bad stereotypes, plot holes, and sadly lacking in originally

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great writing May 13 2013
By Linda M Rink - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent writing and wonderful intrigue. This is one of the best books I have read this year. Ellory really develops his character and plot and ideas in a suspenseful way. I think back to Oliver North and the contra affair and now would really like to read the congressional report and see if its indeed truth or fiction. I am glad Ellory got me interested in that subject. I love mysteries and this is one of the best written mysteries I have ever read.
The end justifies the means? Oct. 28 2014
By Ray B - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've only read one other novel by R.J Ellory, but by comparison this one lacks the page turning driving force of the "Saints of New York." It took tremendous patience to wade through the narrative of Ernesto Perez, and although the ending was somewhat clever, I couldn't justify the time I spent to see this novel to the end.

By weaving together semi-historical Mafia, New Orleans, and Cuban lore, the author overreaches and unnecessarily complicates a revenge story with the backstory of Ray Hartmann that just isn't that moving. I never felt for Ray's plight back home, nor quite understood the need to focus on John Verlaine either.

I'll give Ellory another shot, based on the strength of "Saints of New York" but sadly can't give "A Quiet Vendetta" more than two stars.

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