City of Lies: Book summary and reviews of City of Lies by R.J. Ellory

City of Lies

A Thriller

By R.J. Ellory

City of Lies
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2013,
    464 pages.

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John Harper has just made a discovery: the father he believed to be dead for more than thirty years is alive, though lying in a coma in a Manhattan hospital. Returning home to New York brings with it memories of childhood, many of them painful, and yet Harper could never have prepared himself for the truth.

Confronted with the reality of his father's existence, Harper finds himself seduced by a lifestyle that he seems to have inherited--an underworld life of power, treachery, and menace. As he desperately tries to uncover the facts of his own past, he is faced with one lie after another, and with each new discovery he becomes more and more entangled in a dark and shocking conspiracy.

From the acclaimed author of A Quiet Belief in Angels and A Simple Act of Violence, City of Lies is a tense and gripping thriller, each twist and turn more shocking than the last.

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"Starred Review. Outstanding noir…Ellory's burning insight into Harper's everyman insecurities drive this thriller beyond sordid crime fiction into the darkest recesses of the human heart." - Publishers Weekly

"Atmosphere and sense of place beg a match with authors known for summoning old-school Mob mojo and manipulating settings." - Booklist

"If garrulous gangsters appeal, this is the thriller for you." - Kirkus Reviews

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R. J. Ellory is the author of eight novels, including the bestselling A Quiet Belief in Angels, which was the Strand magazine's Thriller of the Year, shortlisted for the Barry Award, and a finalist for the SIBA Award.

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