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Saints Of New York

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  654 ratings  ·  81 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
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Orion (first published 2010)
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Rob Kitchin
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
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
Jennifer (JC-S)
Aug 16, 2011 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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‘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
Gloria Feit
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
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
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
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
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
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"
This was a mostly well-written, if overlong, crime novel. NYPD Detective Frank Parrish is a rogue detective (what else is new?), who makes his own rules to solve cases. His job is hanging by a thread because of previous infractions, and he is assigned to see a therapist. A good part of the book dwells on his therapy sessions discussing his late father, a legendary NYPD detective, one of the original "Saints of New York". But his father was a dirty cop, and Frank has a lot of bitterness about thi ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Too much back story on the mafia that this particular reader wasn't interested in. I almost gave up part of the way through but decided to keep going and I'm glad I did. But even so the pace kept slackening, and once Frank had decided who'd done it - it felt a bit flat to me, even though he had to prove it by illegal means. But I did like Frank as a character, even though damaged drunk cop is a familiar trope. And in the end I enjoyed the book but it could have done without the theme of the fath ...more
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
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
Ian Mapp
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
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
My Inner Shelf
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
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.

Jürgen Zeller
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
Ross Cumming
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

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
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
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
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
Kurt Vosper
British author writing about crime in New York City...only thing I really noticed was he kept calling a flashlight a torch! LOL.
As to the book, great crime novel. Good job on the procedural and the detective Frank Parrish is the kind of old school, run down detective that hooks you on his story. I liked the issues that he was dealing with all book, including sessions with the shrink .... but he left out the cause of it all right until the end.
I found the finale of the book a bit rushed, but th
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
Shaun Williams

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
Jo Barton
R J Ellory is a master crime writer, with an uncanny ability to set time and place perfectly within the context of the story. Our initial introduction to NYPD detective Frank Parrish is graphic and gory, and leads one to suspect that this is merely a run of the mill crime fest; however, with fine attention to detail and superb characterisation, the story develops into much more than a whodunit. Whilst the main strand of the story focuses on a series of graphic murders, ultimately, it’s the story ...more
I've liked all of R. J. Ellory's books and this was no exception. The thrilling part of this book was simply NYPD Detective Frank Parrish's certainty of who the bad guy was and what he had to do to get his proof. I enjoyed his sessions with the psychotherapist as she tried to help him resolve some of his issues.
Very difficult to be in the story. Too many things are explain in the book and we don't need all of this. I expected something very different and more "attractive". Nevertheless the end "worth it" but it was easy to guess... Good book but more than 500 hundreds and they aren't all necessary for the story...
Frank Parrish is a tortured soul-a cop who wants to do the right thing, whose personal & professional life are a mess. Ellory spins a great tale. Even though you could feel where this was going, I thought it was a good book. I had a hard time putting it down. Looking forward to Ellory's next one! Hope to see Frank Parrish again, too. ...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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