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Saints of New York

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  864 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
The death of a young heroin dealer causes no great concern for NYPD Detective Frank Parrish - Danny Lange is just another casualty of the drug war. But when Danny's teenage sister winds up dead, questions are raised that have no clear answers. Parrish, already under investigation by Internal Affairs for repeatedly challenging his superiors, is committed to daily interviews ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Orion
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Rosiemae Burton
I found this one hard to get into, very slow and overly descriptive. I had to force myself to finish this one. The majority of the writing was repetitive and the ellaborate descriptions got very tiredsome. I also didn't see the point of the therapy sessions either.
Jennifer (JC-S)
Aug 13, 2011 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it
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Shelves: librarybooks
‘There were few phone calls that did not have a dead body at the other end.’

The novel opens with NYPD Detective Frank Parrish trying desperately to talk a man out of a murder-suicide. Although he fails, it is clear that Parrish lacks neither courage nor determination: he cares, and wants to do the right thing. Unfortunately, Frank Parrish has his own demons and obsessions and is close to losing his career and further estranging his family. In short, Frank Parrish is a deeply troubled man who is
Rob Kitchin
May 09, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it
This is the second Ellory book I’ve read. The other – A Quiet Belief in Angels – I found a rather extraordinary and emotionally exhausting read. The Saints of New York feels somewhat of a lesser book all round, but then it had a lot to live up to. The story is still a bit of an emotional ride as it tracks Parrish’s fragile state of mind and psychological transformation and the unfortunate lives of young girls being grabbed for snuff movies, but it doesn’t quite plumb the depths of the A Quiet Be ...more
James Perkins
Feb 15, 2012 James Perkins rated it it was amazing
As an alcoholic with an estranged wife, no friends, and a habit of bucking authority, Detective Frank Parrish is one big police novel cliche. Yet the book he inhabits is edgy and brilliant, a dark tale that stands head and shoulders above the sea of other detective stories as something altogether better. Parrish is more than just a jaded career cop: as he enters compulsory counselling for his mistakes, we learn about his complex past, and when he deals with the seamier side of the Big Apple, we ...more
Aug 12, 2012 Eliza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frank Parrish est un flic paumé, alcoolique, divorcé, père absent et la seule idée d’être son coéquipier à la brigade criminelle ferait fuir plus d’un policier chevronné. Le livre s’ouvre sur une scène violente : Frank essaie d’empêcher un junkie de tuer sa petite amie déjà salement amochée et de se tuer lui-même. Mais ce sera une explosion de sang. Le décor est planté : dans la police de New York, on n’est pas là pour rigoler, on n’est pas dans ce genre de film où le flic réussit toujours à sau ...more
Gloria Feit
Jan 01, 2015 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This lengthy novel could easily have been split into two or three books: a police procedural, a psychological study of a troubled man, or even a look into the lives of a troubled family or two. Instead, it wraps up all three themes in a single volume with Frank Parrish, a gifted but undisciplined NYPD detective, as the protagonist.

Parrish, the son of one of the most respected and decorated NYPD detectives, knows that his father was dirty. And because of that, he attempts to follow a different pa
Jan 09, 2011 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Although I am a big fan of crime fiction this is the first R J Ellory book that I have read. It is hard to say that I enjoyed it, given the subject matter, but I found it engrossing and also informative with lots of information on policing and corruption in New York. The main protaganist Frank Parrish could so easily have been a cliche but he is so much more than that. The clever device of Frank's daily enforced sessions with the police psychologist enable the reader to explore Frank's complex r ...more
Jun 09, 2013 Louise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked this book more of they had cut half of it out....I didn't think the whole back story of the possibly corrupt cop father added anything to the story, which should actually just have been about finding there was a serial killer out there and catching him.
Whenever we moved off that topic,I almost found myself saying "blah blah blah"
Beverly Akerman
Feb 10, 2016 Beverly Akerman rated it really liked it
A perfect detective/crime novel. Emotional depth, believable sophistication. I will certainly look for others by this author.
Feb 19, 2011 Marleen rated it it was amazing
Several copies of this book were send to me by Bookdagger's RealReader's programme for my book club to read and discuss. The book club meeting will take place in four days time and I will add notes about that discussion to this review. In the meantime, here are my personal thoughts.

R.J. Ellory writes good stories. They are realistic, with characters you can believe in finding themselves in situations which seem all to possible. There are no saints in Ellory's books (despite the title) and althou
Maggie Kiely
Nov 20, 2015 Maggie Kiely rated it really liked it
My first book by R.J. Ellory was ‘A Quiet Belief in Angels’ which remains a wonderful book in my opinion. I have read others again really enjoying each one. I always pick up an Ellory book expecting a good read and without exception to date getting it. I was shocked to learn of the author’s involvement in ‘sock puppeting’, which involved his creation of false profiles on Amazon to praise his work and demean other authors. Ellory has admitted to this and apologised. I do not know why he felt the ...more
My Inner Shelf
Jun 10, 2012 My Inner Shelf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: polar-thriller
Roger Jon Ellory a fait ma joie avec Les Anonymes puis avec Seul le silence. Joie renouvelée lorsqu’il a accepté de répondre à mon interview. Ce fut donc une nouvelle joie lorsque je suis allée à la Comédie du livre cette année pour le rencontrer, avec une dédicace à la clé. Youpi. Il me restait donc à lire Les anges de New York, avant de rattraper mon retard avec Vendetta.

Ellory fait du noir, du très noir. En d’autres termes, il n’y pas que l’enquête policière qui compte, le contexte humain tie
Jürgen Zeller
Jul 25, 2013 Jürgen Zeller rated it liked it
Der Schriftsteller R. J. Ellory ist ambitioniert, es reicht ihm nicht bloss einen Krimi zu schreiben, sondern dieser wird angereichert mit ausschweifenden Erzählungen über die kriminellen Machenschaften der New Yorker Mafia in den 70er/80er Jahre. Seine guten Absichten in Ehren, aber er hätte sich ein bisschen mehr um den eigentlichen Kriminalfall kümmern sollen und die Abschweifungen in die Vergangenheit etwas reduzieren, dann wäre ein stattlicher und guter Krimi dabei herausgekommen. So bleibt ...more
Joshua Emil
I bought this book after my grandmother's funeral in August of 2012 and started reading it in January of 2013. It took me three months to finish this because I dealt with incessant schoolwork because I'm part of a graduating batch. So, I won't bore you with what happened in life from August of 2012 to March of 2013. Saints of New York is a story of a burnt-out and unorthodox detective who is under investigation for insubordination and scrutiny of his actions because his father was a decorated of ...more
Aug 18, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books, crime, usa
I started reading R.J. Ellory's books with A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS which I absolutely loved. Then moved onto THE ANNIVERSARY MAN which made my Top Ten of 2010 and eventually, after I worked out a way to finagle the definition, into the two books that I nominated as my favourites for that year in my contribution to an article in Deadly Pleasures magazine. SAINTS OF NEW YORK is the latest I've been lucky enough to read, and with each book, I just get more and more impressed.

Pats Cornelis
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Sep 24, 2010 Anne rated it it was amazing
Yet again Roger Ellory transports his reader into the dark, murky world of American police procedure, with hints of corruption, desperation and some violence.

Saints of New York is most definitely more of a crime novel than many of his earlier books and centres around Detective Frank Parrish; forty something, verging on alcoholism, divorced, messed up and constantly fighting for justice. Frank has to deal with the legacy of his father; one of the original 'Saints of New York', the guys that rid N
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-historical
c2010. Grim, grim grim - with an enormous amount of expletives. I like to think that I am not a prude but I do think some of this was gratuitous. I think that this is another example of trying to read the wrong genre at the wrong time however I was also put off when reading the blurb about the author. Although English, this story has an American setting. This got me thinking about how an author can do this knowing that although very similar, American terminology etc is different to UK English. I ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm quite a fan of R.J. Ellory's work, but this one was "just okay" for me.

My favorite aspect of Ellory's writing is his knack for conveying the angst of a character in a way the reader can really relate to. There is plenty of angst in Saints of New York, I guess, but I somehow found it less relate-to-able this time. (And granted, my using words like "relate-to-able" [along with too many parenthesis] proves I have no real business reviewing works by authors of this - or any - caliber.)

I found it
Ross Cumming
Aug 22, 2013 Ross Cumming rated it really liked it
I have bought a couple of R J Ellory's novels but I'd never gotten round to reading when I saw this one in an Amazon Kindle sale and thought I'd give it a try.
I must admit that I wasn't hooked straight away as the main protagonist NYPD Detective Frank Parrish initially comes across as a bit of a cliche, in that he is the typical fictional detective, in that he is an alcoholic, divorced, a loner with a call girl girlfriend, who always follows his hunches. However Frank has to undertake counsellin
Het verhaal begint met Frank Parrish, detective bij de NYPD, die zijn uiterste best doet om iemand er van te weerhouden zijn vriendin te vermoorden. Ik zal in het midden laten of dit hem wel of niet lukt maar na dit incident wordt hem geen rust gegund. Hij wordt direct opgeroepen omdat een drugsdealer is vermoord. Als later ook de zus van de drugsdealer dood wordt aangetroffen, kan een verband tussen beide moorden niet worden uitgesloten. Terwijl Frank Parrish de moorden probeert op te lossen, h ...more
May 27, 2015 Ben rated it really liked it
Saints of New York
RJ Ellory (Author)

Saints of New York is one of those Crime novels that puts character, strongly drawn and developed plot points, and very strong writing together into a superior example of the genre. It starts with the disillusioned, maverick detective Frank Parrish investigating a routine drugs death, but before long more disturbing aspects emerge. A police counsellor, Dr Marie Griffin is helping Frank with his past, and his troubled relationship with his late father, John, se
Mar 18, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing
This is a superbly written thriller that proves Ellory is now a class apart from even the best selling authors working in the genre. But this also works on a much deeper, more emotive level than the novels of Stieg Larsson and Michael Connelly: this is far more engaging, quite shaking in places and ultimately deeply emotional. It's been ten days since I read the last pages and it just won't leave me alone. Damn you, Ellory, damn you.
This is nominally a story of father and son but even more affec
Ian Mapp
Sep 13, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Another muscular book from Ellory - which works in the same way as the others that I have read by him. You can feel the research dripping off the page.

Frank Parrish is a walking cliche of an alcholic cop, living under his fathers shadow - who closed down the mafia in NYC before his untimely death. He is on probabation and has a dead work partner - the circumstances of his death are not revealed until the end of the book.

He is investigating the deaths of young girls in the current time, interper
Jun 05, 2015 robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrill
More of a police procedural than a thriller. There's no real mystery here, it's a straight line from the initial murder through to the conclusion. It's even rather a standard story, the hard-drinking divorced cop whose personal life is a shambles and whose work career is hanging by a thread, complete with stock characters like the rebellious(ish?) daughter, the new partner, the bitchy ex-wife, the hooker girlfriend, staking everything on one last big case.

And yet, I really REALLY enjoyed it. Eve
Jul 16, 2012 Marjolein rated it really liked it

I've read Saints of New York for the Ezzulia Reading Club and I had therefor received a free copy of this book. I want to thank the publisher of the Dutch version for its generosity!

I've read three books by RJ Ellory so far, and I've liked them all. They are said to be literature thrillers, and although that is a term that is widely used in The Netherlands (not always correctly, I would rather say, mostly incorrectly) Ghostheart by RJ Ellory was the first book I thought was really a
Jan 18, 2015 KK rated it really liked it
At first glance you might assume Detective Frank Parish to be the cliche cop that we've all seen a hundred times: he drinks too much, he's divorced, he's a pain in the captain's ass, yadda, yadda, yadda. Turns out though, the guy actually has depth - which is kind of new to him too - and it really seperates him from the usual two-dimensional drones. I was surprised at how completely the gruff Detective drew me into his story, his life, and his crooked yet compelling city. R.J. Ellroy's writing r ...more
Shaun Williams
Jul 31, 2012 Shaun Williams rated it it was ok

I feel in love with RJ Ellory after reading A Quiet Vendetta and A Quiet Belief in Angels. I decided to pick this book up next and man, am I disappointed!
If this is Ellory's attempt at an anti-crime procedural; a novel to highlight the tedium of real police work, he achieves his goal. Saints of New York is a trying read with no pay off whatsoever.
I loved Parrish and it's why I'm so irked. While I loved the character, the pages and pages of hunches and "shadows" became so redundant that they too
Mick O'Dwyer
Really enjoyed 'A Simple Act Of Violence' so I was looking forward to this. Sadly 'Saints Of New York' isn't a patch on 'Violence'. It just about reaches the heights of being a tired and uninterested rehash of ye oldie alcoholic detective with family issues and an uninspired killer on the loose. At times it seems as though the author is just as bored as the reader, even throwing in a few cop conversing with a psychiatrist chapters to break up the monotony - complete with references to Goodfellas ...more
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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.

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