A Dark And Broken Heart
It should have all been so easy for Vincent Madigan. Take four hundred grand from the thieves who stole it in the first place and who could they turn to for help?
Madigan is charming, resourceful, and knows how to look after himself. The only proble...more
Maddigan is Sandia geld schuldig en niet zo'n klein beetje geld. En hij heeft geld nodig om zijn exvrouwen,...more
This has to be the noir thriller of 2012. Fabulously well written, dark and twisted, the reader is carried into Vincent Madigan's life as he struggles to find a way out of the tangled and dangerous mess he has made of his life.
An anti-hero of epic proportions, we know from the beginning that he is surely irredeemably bad. No-one could be forgiven for the crimes he has committed, the vicious things he has done. And yet...and yet, as we get to know him, we find empathy for him as t...more
The sticker in the corner claims, The most powerful thriller you will read this year.
Indeed, the plotting is great – Ellroy is a master. But the inter-chapter interior monologue sections are problematic. The obsessive inner voice of Madigan, the main character, a corrupted NYC cop, repeats and repeats (as obsessives tend to do), but they do not get him anywhere. Yes, he ensures we don’t get lost in the many twists and turns as he assesses...more
Another scorcher of a page turner, another classic tale that leaves you thinking about it long after the last page is turned, and yet another ten out of ten novel to leave you purring!
So what do we have here?
Madigan, a detective who plays both sides of the fence, up to his neck in debt, two wives and girlfriend and four kids all fallen by the wayside, decides to rob the drug king of East Harlem (who just happens to be the guy he owes the money to), decides to kill his...more
It should have all been so easy for Vincent Madigan. Take four hundred grand from the thieves who stole it in the first place and who could they turn to for help? Madigan is charming, resourceful, and knows how to look after himself. The only problem is that he's up to his neck in debt to Sandia - the drug king of East Harlem. This one heist will free Madigan from Sandia's control and give him the chance he needs to get his life back on track. But things go wrong when Madigan is forced to kill
I’ve read almost all of R. J. Ellory’s 10 books so far (“Bad Signs” being the exception. Soon to be corrected :)).
Along with Science Fiction (SF), Crime Fiction excites, evokes emotion, stimulates mentally, engages, mystifies, perplexes, and pleases me greatly.
That’s what Science and Crime Fiction do for me. Good SF makes me think and Crime Fiction makes me experience dilemmas of ordinary people presented with extraordinary situations. Both genres challenge me. Most of the time, mainstream lite...more
Fans of Ellory will know that he writes flawed, complicated, considered stories often about consequences. He writes dark, and sad and desperate. He also writes glimpses of hope, humanity and future. Which makes his books amongst some of my all time favourites, and right up to and including the final sentenc...more
I read the last third of the book in one sitting late into the night and found the denouement satisfying (with some reservations about one aspect of the plot). Worth the investment of time. If Ello...more
I have read all R J Ellory books and he has a skill to somehow relate to the reader irrespective to the situations the characters are in.
A brilliant read and...more
He stopped writing out of sheer frustrat...more