Compelled by fear and duty, Joseph and his friends are determined to protect the people of Augusta Falls.
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©2007 R.J. Ellroy Publications Ltd;
A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.
From the moment I started to listen to this book I was captivated. It was my first time listening to any book by R J Ellory.It is an emotionally draining but rewarding book and excellently narrated.It very much surprised me to later discover that the author is not American, as I had imagined, so brillantly does he write of Georgia in the US.I was so taken with the book that I emailed the author directly and to my surprise had a reply by return!!! Would recommend this book highly.
My goodness, but this is not a cheerful book; definitely not for those looking for a spiritual pick-me-up or if you are feeling downhearted. To be fair, the book does have some positive press - it is a "Richard & Judy" recommended book - and there is some powerful and insightful writing. But to me it works neither as a genuine novel nor as a detective thriller - on the latter there are just too many holes in the plot and the denouement is deeply implausible and unconvincing.
Matters are not helped by a desperately slow-paced narration, almost funereal in places; coupled with the narrator's heavy Southern accent, it makes the lead character sound at times half-witted. And the characters are not really drawn very well either. If you are going to buy this book, I would recommend that you listed to the sample first to make sure you like it (I wish I had).
I dont think I shall be reading any more of R J Ellory's books in a hurry.
Long slow book but evokes the time well. Central character is good. Not so convinced with the story which feels shoe-horned into the rest. For matters of probity: I am not the author
A fantastic achievment to wrap a multi-year serial killer spree against the protagonist's life story and US pre and post war history. The prose is beautifully written and brought to life by the narrator.
I was not sure what to expect having read some rather critical reviews but I found it an enjoyable listen. I was struck at the different writing style used compared to some of his other work (Black Dahlia for example) and found the articulate and at times poetic style wonderfully engaging. All in all the story was good although slow moving and I was pleased but also disappointed that I'd figured out who the murderer was fairly early on - I guess it was too obvious as normally I have no clue! Worth a listen for sure.
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