John Harper has always been alone. His mother died when he was just seven years old and he was raised in New York by an aunt he barely knew. He never even made his father's acquaintance - a man who died shortly after he was born. After leaving the Big Apple as soon as he was old enough, his life consisted of one moderately successful book, a collection of affectionately received newspaper columns and a comfortable existence in Miami. Then everything changes. A liquor store heist goes wrong - and turns John's existence on its head. It seems that his father didn't die all those years ago. In fact, he has thrived in the New York underworld. But now the man himself lies critically injured in a Manhattan hospital and it's time for father and son to meet at last ...
From the author of A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS - new in paperback R.J. Ellory reached the top twenty in the Sunday Times bestseller list with his debut CANDLEMOTH He receives fantastic reviews: 'R J Ellory has a keen understanding of rhythm and pace... There is a natural feel to the way the reader is drawn inextricably into the world he creates... Excellent' Guardian 'A powerful talent... set to launch him into the stratosphere of crime writers' Independent on Sunday 'Beautifully written and skilfully crafted and confirms Ellory as one of crime fiction's new stars' Sunday Telegraph 'Confirms his place in the top flight of crime writing' Daily Telegraph 'Ellory writes taut, muscular prose that at its best is almost poetic... CITY OF LIES is a tense and pacy thriller taking the reader into a world of secrets, betrayal and revenge' Yorkshire Post 'A beautiful and haunting book. This is a tour-de-force from R.J. Ellory' Michael Connelly
"Tension is high, and the pace never flags" -- Victoria Moore Daily Mail "There's a riveting plot at the centre of this frustrating thriller" -- Kevin Sweeney Irish Times
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.