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By R. J. Ellory

By award-winning mystery heavyweight R.J. Ellory, this formidable crime novel takes his ability for suspense to a spellbinding level.

while Catherine Ducane disappears in New Orleans, the police officers react fast--she is the governor's daughter, in the end. however the case fast grows strange.

Her bodyguard turns up horribly mutilated, and while the kidnapper calls, he does not wish funds: he wishes time on my own with a minor executive functionary. by the point the items fall into position, it really is already too overdue . . .

A Quiet Vendetta is either the epic tale of 1 mobster's life-- starting from Cuba to Chicago-- and both a robust mystery of rage, love, and loss. With pressure to compare the easiest of Cussler, Patterson, and his personal best-selling paintings, A Quiet Vendetta confirms R.J. Ellory's position on the leading edge of the style.

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He’d taken a flashlight, a good one, and, pressing his face against the left rear quarterlight, he’d scanned the luxurious interior, minding he didn’t touch the white walls with his dirty, toe-peeping kickers. This wasn’t no ordinary car. There was something about it that had drawn him inside. More people had gathered by then, and down a half a block or so some folks had opened up the doors and windows on a house party and the music was coming down with the smell of fried chicken and baked pecans, and when a plain Buick showed up and someone from the Medical Examiner’s office stepped out and walked towards the alleyway there were quite a few people down there: maybe twenty-five, maybe thirty.

As he exited the vehicle his heart hung in his chest like a fist of tense muscle, beating only because his brain dictated it. His pulse was shallow, his head tight and giddy, his hands shaking. He felt nauseous, a little overwhelmed. He felt watched. From the dash he had taken his gun; he headed on foot the way he’d been driving, sticking to the boundary of the road, careful not to miss the verge and wander into the glades. Verlaine heard the sound of voices before he saw the house. Imagery again, strange and anachronistic, as he turned through dense branches, through the grasping fingers of thorned and flowered trees.

Down across the sidewalks, petals of wisteria and magnolia, mimosa and Mexican plum littered the way like confetti, scattered pockets of white and cream, yellow and lilac-blue. When the rain lessened he began moving again. He took the longest route out of Orleans, left across the south-west limits, noticed a highway sign jutting from the ground – Don’t Take A Curve – At Sixty Per – We Hate To Lose – A Customer – BURMA-SHAVE – an artefact from some bygone age. The further he drove the more the city dissolved away into nothing.

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