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Mark Fallon is an overworked detective investigating a spate of attacks at a string of high profile city centre nightclubs. Scott is a dejected 24 year old struggling to make ends meet working for his brother and supplementing his income with a small-scale drug dealing operation. Angela is an attractive 23 year old, raised by her father, a career criminal and small time dr ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published 2010 by Matador
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    Nov 10, 2014 Allie rated it it was amazing
    The Elephant Tree is a story of a man trying to escape from his own tedious life, initially seeming unconcerned by committing illegal acts, but when presented with the consequences and potential repercussions of some more serious circumstances, forced to question who he is and what he really believes in. A pretty dark and challenging book, but equally as exciting and rewarding.

    The book itself is semi-lengthy, easy to read and cleverly written from three different POVs. Those POVs allowed me to r
    Nov 07, 2015 George rated it it was amazing
    I heard about the cult following The Elephant Tree was getting from a friend of mine despite no mainstream recognition so far. Many of my all time favorite books and movies began from a point of intrigue like this so I knew I had to give it a go.

    This is a hard-hitting book, and through protagonist Scott takes a satirical look at generation disaffection. It illustrates a culture where young men are tired of bland jobs and predictable lifestyles and yearn for more. Scott isn’t forced into the bad
    Mar 02, 2011 seak rated it really liked it
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    When I was first offered The Elephant Tree for review, I didn't quite know what to think. I really liked the cover and I thought it might be interesting but that's about it. Then I started reading and it's mostly about drug dealers and that's not really up my alley given my prudish upbringing.

    Turns out, I'm really glad I read it.

    The Elephant Tree is Ronald's debut and I have to say I'm really impressed. That's not to say this was a perfect book. It is a little disjointed in parts and some of the
    Martin Sharp
    Oct 06, 2012 Martin Sharp rated it it was amazing
    The Elephant Tree was recommended to me by a fellow crime-thriller fan. Debut novels can be a little hit-and-miss as a writer finds his (or her) style. The Elephant Tree definitely sits in the category of HIT!

    The back of the book gives only a glimpse in to the plot and the seedy world occupied by well written, interesting characters. The plot is always exciting and leads you in a world of drug deals and violence, where you don't know who to trust.

    This is a fantastic thriller and one I'm sure I'
    Rosemarie Dibden
    Sep 30, 2010 Rosemarie Dibden rated it it was amazing
    Given as a gift, I was slightly dubious after reading the synopsis of The Elephant Tree, but decided I would give it a go anyway, and after a few chapters was completely hooked and glad I gave it a chance. The pacing and plot are different to what most mainstream books adhere to these days, but the change is hugely refreshing. The personalities of the characters are very compeling, which I never would have believed after looking over the synopsis. This one is well worth taking a chance on.
    Mary Reed
    Very dark, very gritty, and very very enjoyable. The Elephant Tree is the debut novel from author R D Ronald and I believe the first in a number of books that feature the same setting of the fictional city of Garden Heights. I’m sometimes reluctant to try new authors outside of the big publishing houses but the writing here is first class. There are a couple of inadequacies in the editing, a noticed a typo or two that should have been picked up, but none of that subtracted from my enjoyment of t ...more
    Bonney Ferro
    I loved this book. It made me rekindle my long forgotten passion for the mystery-thriller genre. I used to love books by the like of Elmore Leonard and Lawrence Block but have grown a little tired of the formulaic approach many of the modern generation take. The Elephant Tree, however, I found to be a real return to form for the genre, and a great starting point for discovering other books by R D Ronald. I’m now going to see what other treats Ronald has in store for me.
    Amanda Turner
    Oct 04, 2012 Amanda Turner rated it it was amazing
    Couldn't put this book down. Really easy read. Well crafted crime mystery novel with a raw flavor to the details that makes it all feel more real and really gets you hooked.

    Loved this book so much I went on to read the author's second novel 'The Zombie Room'. Also a good read.

    R.D. Ronald is known for his rocky relationship with the law. His work is inspired by the time he spent in prison for drug distribution, having grown weed for his wife to help her with her battle with cancer. It's an inte
    Oct 18, 2012 Janey rated it it was amazing
    My only fault with this book is that I simply didn’t want to put it down in between sittings, which was a tad problematic at bedtime, wasn’t a book I had chosen myself to read and probably wouldn’t have if it hadn’t been recommended to me.

    I can honestly say it has set the bar for my future expectations!!! it has all the aspects I crave from a book, good characterisation, with a punchy storyline and disappointment of the last page perfection...... :)

    I have to say though for a first published
    Andrea Frazier
    The Elephant Tree is an ingeniously crafted tale that revolves around Scott and Angela and their burgeoning relationship that grows as the story goes along. Angela is a very complex and mysterious character but one I found to be immediately likeable, and as she is placed in danger Scott really comes into his own proving he will go to any length to save her.

    The plot is riveting yet complex, but never too much that you lose the thread of what is going on in. The characters are intriguing but none
    Dec 21, 2013 Ajay rated it really liked it
    The Elephant Tree was a very
    compelling book from start to
    end.It was a great
    read. Characters that could easily
    jump out of the pages and
    become real people and quick
    pace. The twist at the end was
    perfect. While not as dark as I
    was anticipating it didn't lessen
    my experience with the book. I
    see great things from the author
    in the future.
    Gripping psychological thriller!
    Yes! To everyone who loves
    thrillers and suspense, with a
    George King
    Oct 07, 2012 George King rated it it was amazing
    If you read my recent review of The Zombie Room, you will know that I bought The Elephant Tree on a recent visit to the UK where I was lucky enough to meet the author himself. This book, like The Zombie Room was excellent and I would absolutely recommend that you read both R.D. Ronald's books and anything else the author writes as you will not be disappointed. Both The Zombie Room and The Elephant Tree are great books!
    Aug 13, 2012 Lynne rated it it was amazing
    loved it! it is full of great characters and the plot is oddly compelling. for a first book, or even for an experienced novelist it would be really good. i recommend it for anyone looking for something they just can't put down! also, the author has a website where you can catch interviews with the author and other interesting clips and information.
    Sep 20, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing
    Great book, keeps you on the edge of your seat, trying to anticipate what will happen next. the kind of book that consumes your mind even when not reading. its a must read!!
    Malay A. Upadhyay
    Apr 24, 2015 Malay A. Upadhyay rated it it was amazing
    The Elephant Tree glows, both literally in the story and as a story itself. It is only accentuated further by the dark travails of a drug dealer that the story centres upon. The pace is reasonably quick and the tone embedded deep within the contours of that streetside bar. And with that begins the story’s uniqueness.
    Authors mould their inspiration and ideas to yield stories of every genre and walks of life. Yet, at most times, they are all limited in their depth by a simple fact - they did not a
    R.W. Tucker
    Jan 30, 2015 R.W. Tucker rated it it was amazing
    Cross-posted from pot fiction dot com.

    Moving at a deliberate pace, setting itself up for the more gripping second half, The Elephant Tree follows two solemn young people in a dismal, unnamed city. This is a dark book, full of seedy characters, filthy bars, the worst outcomes of the drug trade commonplace. Not a book for the light of heart! Some of the reviews that got me to buy the novel portrayed it as fast moving. I don’t think that does the story justice: there are many purposeful “slice of l
    Kathy Tweedle

    Initially I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Elephant Tree and only bought the ebook because it was cheap but how glad I am that I did. I think this is the modern day equivalent of the bargain bin books I used to find hidden gems in when I was a kid.

    It’s difficult to describe the certain elements of intrigue in The Elephant Tree without giving away any spoilers, but I will say that this is far more than your typical case of crime fiction – police procedural coupled with predictable clichéd r
    Oct 31, 2010 Misha rated it really liked it
    The Elephant Tree was a very compelling book from start to end. It was fast-paced - I couldn't wait to see what happens next.

    Yet this book is different from all the thrillers I have read because it offers more than just adrenaline rush. The author keeps you intrigued through the various twists and turns.

    Despite the setting being the world of drug dealers and criminals, you can't help but sympathize with the characters. Scott and Angela were very likeable characters. I genuinely felt for them.Bo
    Dec 05, 2013 Francisco rated it really liked it
    When I saw this book I was really curious to read it ,because of its interesting cover .As soon as I saw the book cover it caught my attention. This story is different from all the books I have read because it offers more than just adrenaline rush. The author keeps you intrigued through the various twists and turns.
    Despite the setting being the world of drug dealers and criminals, you can't help but sympathize with the characters. Scott and Angela were very likeable characters. I honestly felt f
    Audrey Presley
    The Elephant Tree was my first foray into the written world of transgressive crime type fiction. I’d previously been a bit reluctant but after reading this book I’ll certainly be looking out for more by R D Ronald. Scott is a strong lead character with a typically dark history that gives him an interesting perspective on events, and a good character development arc to boot. The writing is pacey, which you would expect from this type of book, but there are sections which linger long enough to dev ...more
    Christina Stratis
    Crime fiction books that tell the tale from the point of view of the criminal tend to sensationalise the actual crimes and for me tend to be a bit gaudy. But the drug dealing committed by lead character Scott is merely presented in The Elephant Tree, not glamorised or apologised for, and R D Ronald manages to pull this off with skill, sometimes humour (albeit pretty dark), and a touch of class. I read in an interview that R D Ronald wrote much of this book while serving a prison sentence himself ...more
    Book Club
    This book was a recommendation from an old literary friend. I can certainly say that it kept me compelled throughout. It is a fresh representation of the style of crime thriller, and indeed I would rate it as postmodern and transgressive. It is wonderfully rich in character detail, and oozes depth and mystery. It is thought provoking, and evokes questions from the reader's psyche. I found myself contemplating thought I have not had for many years. It is this level of psychological writing that t ...more
    Nov 06, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it
    Definitely not what I was expecting, but a great read nonetheless! It was a gripping story that left me on the edge of my seat several times, however I wasn't as captivated by the characters and descriptions as other books I have recently read. Overall, it was a nice break from my usual YA paranormal/dystopia and I would recommend it as a casual read.
    Andrea "Drea"
    The book was intriguing starting with the cover and the story did not disappoint. I didn't want to put it down and didn't want it to end.
    Tali Vines
    Revised my previous 4 star rating to 5 stars after a re-read. This one really grows on you with another read!
    Adam Evans
    Jun 30, 2014 Adam Evans rated it really liked it
    Great story with relatable characters. I really enjoyed this.
    Feb 01, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it
    A real page turner! Great book for a plane trip
    Madison .A
    Oct 02, 2015 Madison .A rated it it was amazing
    really good just amazing/wonderjul
    Apr 13, 2013 Jordan rated it it was amazing
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