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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, 252 pages
Published 2010 by Matador
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Criminological Thriller at its best.

One of the books I would recommend to thriller fans.

Plot :

Scott, a drug dealer. Angela is a drug dealer's daughter. They want to get out of this bad-bad world.
Scott and Angela give you a great time telling their versions.
In one way, I enjoyed knowing about the routine of people involved with drug business. It was entertaining and new for my taste.

Scott gets an opportunity to come out of it, will he leave the path and go for what his heart speaks?

That you'v
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review, 2011
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
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
my review here. ...more
Nov 10, 2014 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
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, the characters are very relatable despite their criminal activities. The relationship between Scott and Angela is very complicated and interesting. I thoroughly recommend it, great read.
Amanda Turner
Oct 04, 2012 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
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
How to review this book.

entertaining content (you will go through this book within days) but it's like junkfood and not coming to any great awe(some) moments.

Scotts is our main character. He's a small time drug dealer with his friend Neil.

They have their regular group of druggies that they know and associate with. Life is good, not great but good. Although Scott has been feeling for a while he needs a change.

Scott has a strained relationship with his only brother. After his parents died and the
Julie Barrett
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Elephant Tree by R. D. Ronald
Book starts out with a team of Scott and Neil supplying drugs to the local folks at the clubs they frequent.
They make quite a profit but Scott wants a quieter life so he agrees to try a different venture to gain big money quick.
Scott's brother Jack has warned him to stay away from the guys he's been hanging out with...
Angela-once dated Jack years ago has now found Scott and their lifes mesh with one another.
Things don't go according to plan on the venture but s
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
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A wild and dark story, a mystery with a bunch of twists and turns. Over the top in places but a thoroughly good read. A psychological drama from the get-go. Definitely recommend it.
Oct 18, 2012 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
Sophie Goodeve
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book for the indie generation with a consistent quiet distaste for the mainstream throughout. An intriguing, crime thriller, and whilst too grimy to be a ‘light-read’, it is easy-going and undemanding. The main character is a reluctant drug dealer, who, through the first half of the book, tends to be an aloof observer of much of his city/ drug world, often quite grumpy, but attempting to maintain integrity in his choices, and some distance from risky actions. He is motivated by a desir ...more
Oct 27, 2010 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
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
it´s amazing, i loved every page
Martin Sharp
Apr 02, 2012 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'
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
R. D. Ronald begins with Scott, a struggling drug dealer, whose dream is to return to his family’s country. In reality, Scott is tied down to a mortgage payment on his deceased uncle’s country home. Angela is special to Scott, but he made a promise her father, Putty, not to date her. Putty wants more for his daughter than to marry a drug dealer though he is Scotty’s supplier. And Detective Fallon is poking his nose everywhere looking for answers.
The Elephant Tree is more than a crime thriller.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘History is repeating itself, Scott. The cycle of suffering goes on.’

British author R.D. Ronald made his literary debut with THE ELEPHANT TREE written in 2010. He has since published THE ZOMBIE ROOM. Ronald describes himself as a “transgressive novelist” – ‘A genre of literature that focuses on characters who feel confined by the norms and expectations of society and who break free of those confines in unusual or illicit ways. Because they are rebelling against the basic norms of society, protag
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book started off a little slow, and took me a couple of chapters to feel engaged. However, once the storyline took off, this book was hard to put down. Believable characters, lots of action surrounding the dark drug world, reflection, and then somehow redemption. Very satisfying.
Debbie Marsh
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Although this genre is not my usual cup of tea (it's sort of clubland meets gangland) I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down from the part where Scott and Twinkle do their job. Well worth a read!! ...more
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I must admit, I was dubious starting this book as it isn't usually my scene. Once I started reading it, however, my mind was changed. The characters have a very real feel to them and you feel like part of the story almost instantaneously. The book has an amazing empathetic mood to it and as well as having those everyday life and happy moments, it has sad bits that really draw out your emotion. Even if you are easily upset by tear-jerking stories, (like myself), I would recommend this book as It ...more
George King
Oct 07, 2012 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! ...more
Rosemarie Dibden
Sep 30, 2010 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.
Thor and Sanz
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I was amazed and frightened at the same time .
but this book is excellent is a principle that gets you from the first words .
Sep 20, 2012 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!!
Monica Reents
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Elephant Tree by R.D. Ronald’s is a well written, dark, and suspenseful true crime novel that will bring readers back for each new release.
“Sometimes truths are what we run from, and sometimes they are what we seek.” (book quote)
Told from multiple points of view, Scott is a low-level drug dealer and wants to find a way out of this lifestyle. Angela is the daughter of a drug dealer and had never known another way of life but wants to find a way out. Ronald writes about Scott and Angela so tha
Andrea "Drea"
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Cat on the Mat
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think The Elephant Tree would make a great introductory book for someone not particularly into dark crime books as I found the writing and concepts going on pretty easy to get to grips with. It all runs along at a nice pace and has enough intrigue early on to hook you into the story. One of those books where you’re reading and when you look up at the clock you don’t realise how much time has passed. I’d definitely recommend giving it a go. I read Ronald’s other book first but I don’t think it ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Easy read; full of action. However, multiple spelling errors, inconsistencies and a poor ending made this story forgettable.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I do not understand how people can say this is a book you can't put down. I usually read a good book in one, maybe two sittings. Every time I put this one down it took me a week to pick it back up. I finished it out of pure desire to have finished it.

The first 120 pages are disjointed and don't insight any intrigue about what is going to happen or how things will intertwine. Then, it finally gets interesting and that part is over in a few pages. The final reveal is boring and disappointing. No
James Robbins
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
overated.If you were young,inexperienced,and not very worldly you would like this book. It made me laugh.Is this "Young Adult Fiction"?Be careful, there are "cannabis" sellers out there! ...more
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An award winning transgressive crime novelist (whatever that means) for All and None.

Author of The Elephant Tree and The Zombie Room. Now writing more books while getting older and more miserable.

Twitter: @RDRonaldauthor

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