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Tuesday, May 17, 2011


by R. J. Ellory

When Catherine Sheridan is found brutally murdered, D.C. Det. Robert Miller is assigned to the case along with his partner, Det. Albert Roth.  Miller is a complicated and lonely man who has just returned to work following an IAD investigation into an earlier case.

Piecing together information from other precincts, it appears that there is a serial killer on the loose in Washington and Sheridan was the fourth woman killed.  Each of the victims was found with a ribbon tied around her neck and a paper luggage tag.  Miller's team quickly runs into a massive road block when none of the victims can be identified.  It's as if they never existed. 

Determined to find some answers in their search for the killer, Miller and Roth start at the beginning and review all four murders.  Even as the police are beginning to tie the murders to the death of a police informant during a drug sting years earlier, there are more murders.  Miller's team is quickly ensnared in an elusive game of cat and mouse with a man named John Robey, who they suspect is the man they're after. 

Concurrent with the police investigation, there is an interior monologue by CIA operative John Robey that harkens back to the Reagan era and the war on drugs that adds chilling political overtones to A SIMPLE ACT OF VIOLENCE.    

Ellory has written an intriguing mystery that will keep you guessing right up until the end. 

Pub. Date - to be released June 2011
ISBN 978-1-59020-318-7
488 pages

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