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A Quiet Vendetta

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  532 ratings  ·  69 reviews
When Catherine Ducane disappears in the heart of New Orleans, the local cops react rapidly - she is the daughter of the Governor of Louisiana after all. But the case gets very strange, very quickly. Her bodyguard turns up horribly mutilated in the trunk of a beautiful vintage car and when her kidnapper calls he doesn't want money: he wants time alone with Ray Hartmann, who...more
Hardcover, 453 pages
Published August 18th 2005 by Orion (first published January 1st 2005)
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Stephen
Thought that "A Quiet Belief in Angels" was good but this is even better. Probably one of the best books that I have ever read. Starts off a bit slow but once Ernesto Perez appears and starts describing his life story, you just can't put it down. Very clever twist at the end rounds it off perfectly as well.

Also read "Simple Act of Violence" and "Saints of New York" - they are all excellent but "Quiet Vendetta" is the pick of them.
Gail
Another fantastic book by R J Ellory, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the others, particularly Candlemoth, but it's extremely enjoyable and I couldn't put it down.

I won't go into the plot details, as this is covered by other reviewers, but I particularly liked (and I know I shouldn't!) Ernesto Perez and the brilliant, Ray Hartmann. They are some of the strongest and likeable characters I have ever come across. Ernesto, in particular for me, as he was the bad guy with a heart of gold. The...more
Keith
An ingenious and inventive tale. The daughter of the governor of Louisiana is kidnapped. The kidnapper shows up at FBI headquarters in New Orleans and offers to release the girl only if they will listen to his story. Anxious to save the girl the agents agree and so a history is told. The teller of the tale is a Cuban-American who, through a sordid and violent series of adventures, becomes a Mafia hit man. His story is also the story of organized crime in the United States. All of the infamous na...more
John Herbert
After reading A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS by Ellory, I was struck rigid by its intensity and fine storytelling.
And here, yet again, I'm left absolutely dumbfounded by Ellory's masterful Mafia story, which drags you in on a non-stop turbo-charged maelstrom of action from beginning to end.

Not for the feint-hearted, as significant and insignificant characters are ruthlessly dispatched with the maximum of violence, that on occasions makes you wince as the full description sifts through to your brain.

Bu...more
wintermute314
The plot was more or less OK. Now that concludes the nice part of this review. The problem is that both protagonists have bruised souls, and tend to ruminate about life quite often. Mostly these ruminations are predictable, repetitious, shallow and boring. Cliché is piled upon cliché, and while the writer's at it, he also tends to elaborate on the history of Cuba, American Mafia Wars, even a little politics. All with an ample supply of names and dates thrown in. Sometimes you wonder why there is...more
Andrea Bowhill
A Quite Vendetta is the story which revolves around one man known to all as the Cuban. His real name Ernesto Perez born in the 40's in Louisiana of Cuban/American parentage. Perez spends the early part of his life in Louisiana until his mothers unexpected death, then Ernesto Perez returns to Cuba, old Havana with his father. They begin a new life, Havana in the fifties was a struggle to make ends meet, but Perez has a sharp mind he uses acts of Violence to get ahead until one certain event leads...more
BookScout
Lock the door, put your feet up, you will read this in one sitting…

After a kidnapping and intriguing murder, a Mafia hitman begins to recount his life story and this novel suddenly becomes the most compelling of R.J.Ellory’s I’ve read to date. As with his previous two books I’ve read, A Quiet Belief in Angels and A Simple Act of Violence, Ellory once more demonstrates his astonishing ability to capture time, place and people in a distinctive, poetic voice that makes reading a joy. I am amazed ho...more
Ciska
The author
Roger Jon Ellory was born in Birmingham, England, June 20th 1965. At age 7 his mother died and with his father out of the picture already he was send of to boarding school. He returned to Birmingham age 16 and at 17 he spend some time in jail for poaching.
After a short career as a musician he devoted himself to studying obscure philosophies and reading.
He had a lot of trouble getting his first stories published as UK publishers did not want to publish books set in America and America...more
Hidaliv
Sublime! The best book I ever read since now, I am aware I have a lot too read still but this novel has everything I like, crime, mafia. The way of writing and the pace and timing, going back and forth in time is excellent. The end a 10+.

Sublime! El mejor libro que he leído hasta el momento, siendo consciente de que me queda mucho por leer todavia, pero lo tiene todo esta novela. La manera en la que esta escrita y los tiempos, pasando del presente al pasado son excelentes. El final un 10.
Nancy Ellis
Not a story for the faint of heart. This is a dark and disturbing story, masterfully written, that will grab hold of you and not let you go until the very last page.....and even then you won't stop thinking about it! The Louisiana governor's daughter has been kidnapped, her bodyguard murdered, and no clues whatsoever left behind. The kidnapper finally calls and actually wants to turn himself in but will only talk to Investigator Ray Hartmann. While Hartmann listens to the horrifying twisted tale...more
Jetty
Na de ontvoering van de dochter van gouverneur Ducane is de FBI in rep en roer. Wanneer Perez zich meldt en aangeeft dat hij de ontvoerder is en zijn eisen op tafel legt is iedereen verbijsterd. Hij wil namelijk dat Ray Hartmann opgespoord wordt en naar New Orleans komt, zodat hij zijn levensverhaal aan Hartmann kan vertellen. Als tegenprestatie zal hij daarna zeggen waar Catherine Ducane vastgehouden wordt. Ze hebben geen andere keus dan ingaan op de eisen van Perez.

Na alle reviews, die over h...more
Diane
Ellory can tell a story, that's for sure. But this one got bogged down in one hit after another. And then there were the "explanations" of several infamous unsolved American deaths or in one case, disappearance. The clever ending doesn't make up for slogging through the middle.
Linda Parks
Five stars. WOW. This story - the stories within this story - are superbly written. All 500+ pages. If it would've been a cake, I'd have eaten it. That damn good. If you love history, suspense, intrigue... OMG. Just take my word. (Sorry - still on my book high, here...)
Paula Goodman
I can't exactly say I didn't enjoy this book, that would be dishonest. But even while enjoying it, I had strong misgivings. Main character Ernesto Perez' narration is a hellish string of hair-raising murders told in graphic detail. At least the character evolves over the course of his narrative, however he evolves from an emotionless murder machine, into a murder machine with feelings for his wife and children, prone to giving sermons on family values. The story held my interest, but the continu...more
John Gall
Absolutely fantastic read, superb twists and turns, strongly recommended. This is my second RJ Ellory read, after Candlemoth, and I'm looking forward to following it up with others by the same author.
Britt, Book Habitue
I don't know how to rate this book. I loved it.... I almost hated it. It was beautiful and terrible. Amazing writing, fascinating story, but oh soooooooo dark.
Donna Schmid
The Louisiana governor's daughter has been kidnapped, her bodyguard murdered, and no clues whatsoever left behind. The kidnapper finally calls and actually wants to turn himself in but will only talk to Investigator Ray Hartmann. While Hartmann listens to the horrifying twisted tale told by Ernesto Perez of his life of crime with the Mafia, the FBI and everybody else is desperately trying to find Catherine Ducane, almost believing that she is already dead. What a tale of murder, betrayal, and or...more
Pauline
Didn't enjoy this one as much as Candlemoth and Ghostheart. To much Mafia stuff in there for me.
Debby Gerhardt
Boring, like reading a history book, with a murder on every page
David
Overrated. Think cheese noodles of the noir genre.
Gina
I really gave this a shot and I wanted to like it...I really did. But it was just too much. It reminded me of those 1930's detective movies where the actor smokes and is all moody and there is a voiceover talking in a smooth voice about the sweaty heat of the dark city nights. And then all of a sudden the FBI swoop in and the tone changes and then we are in the present and we are looking for a kidnapper. I was like...what the hell just happened. After about 125 pages, I just wasn't feeling it. I...more
Lukasz Pruski
Having read and reviewed several one-star novels recently, I felt elated when I started reading R J Ellory's "A Quiet Vendetta". The very first sentence of the novel, long and almost faulkneresquely complex, yet meaningful, emotional, and strongly visual, makes it clear that Mr. Ellory is a gifted writer. One of the remaining pleasures in the current phase of my life is to read a book written by someone who writes well. Even if it is not a very good book, which is the case with "A Quiet Vendetta...more
Tony
A QUIET VENDETTA. (2005 in UK, Amer ed. 2012). R. J. Ellory. ****.
Mr. Ellory is as fine a writer as you will likely come across in today’s world. He is British and lives in Birmingham, though his novels are not set there. This novel is a hefty one, and provides, through its principle character, a rather complete history of the Italian-American Mafia – although there are certainly a lot of suppositions involved. The focus of the book is Ernesto Perez, a Mafia hit man now in his late sixties. The...more
Kathleen Hagen
A Quiet Vendetta, by R. J. Ellory, B-plus, Narrated by Donald Corren, Produced by Blackstone Audio, Downloaded from audible.com.

The police in New Orleans, one night, finds a vintage car. The car was supposed to be driven by a bodyguard and contain the governor’s daughter,Catherine Bucane. But the car contains only the body of the bodyguard which has been cut up with the heart removed but left loose in the body. The governor’s daughter is nowhere to be found. Then, someone calls the FBI and indic...more
Katia
Peu de mots me viennent à l'esprit et en même temps beaucoup trop. Une chose est sûre, j'ai découvert un auteur ! J'espère d'ailleurs le suivre à travers d'autres textes. Ce roman a tout pour plaire, depuis l'intrigue inédite et très bien menée jusqu'à la verve enchanteresse, en passant par les protagonistes loufoques et fascinants. Il est toujours délicat d'avouer aimer ce genre de roman, où est mise en scène la violence la plus pure et le vice le plus abouti, mais malgré tout j'avoue avoir ado...more
Fran
A Quiet Vendetta
Author: R.J. Ellory
Reviewed by Fran Lewis


Enter the world of a Medical Examiner as he takes you through the process of discovering a corpse, placing it on the table, seeing where it was found and the work needed to identify the person in order to show respect for who he/she was. The car is unique, the smell is overwhelming and the case will prove to be unusual as one man finally comes forward after seeing a lone car sitting for three days, peers inside the window and what he finds...more
Ian
This is the tale of an old mafia hitman who gives himself up and confesses to a murder in New Orleans but who then insists on telling his life story to the FBI as a prerequisite to freeing a kidnap victim. It is a fascinating and brutal story that spans many decades, begins in New Orleans and ends there, but also embraces mafia killings and all pervasive political corruption in Cuba, Florida,Las Vegas, New York, LA and Chicago.

Like all RJ Ellory's work, there is a lot more to it than that. This...more
David Cullen
As a relatively new reader of Ellory's books (this one plus Candlemoth and Ghostheart)I can see a formula emerging! However, this does not detract from the quality of each book. This one has the Ellory hallmark if there is such a thing; parallel stories; one in flashback; very strongly drawn characters; superbly researched backgrounds and political/topical insights; slow build-up of tension and wonderful twist in the tail.

To describe his books as mystery/thriller doesn't really do them justice....more
Ginny
I have read other books by R.J. Ellory and loved them. When I started reading this I was a little overwhelmed by the lack of white space and number of pages. When I realized the majority of the book would involve the life story of a mafia hit man I thought I wouldn't enjoy it. Boy, was I wrong. I was quickly intrigued by his story and the mystery of a kidnapped daughter of the Louisiana governor. The ending really caught me by surprise. R.J. Ellory is a master story-teller.
Neil
I would have no hesitation in suggesting that this is R J Ellory's most powerful novel to date. Once again he has the writing skill that engrosses the reader in the lives of characters who would normally disgust most self-respecting citizens. His descriptions of a killer in action never resort to the style of cheap pulp-fiction. My only negative is that apart from his latest novel (The Anniversary Man?, I have now read all his material.
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Roger began his first novel on November 4th, 1987 and did not stop, except for three days when he was going through a divorce from his first wife, until July of 1993. During this time he completed twenty-two novels, most of them in longhand, and accumulated several hundred polite and complimentary rejection letters from many different and varied publishers.

He stopped writing out of sheer frustrat...more
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