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A Simple Act of Violence

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, 2010

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780752883090

Price: £10.99

ON SALE: 1st September 2011

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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Washington has a new menace… a serial killer whose victims don’t exist…

Washington, embroiled in the mid-term elections, did not want to hear about serial killings. But when the newspapers reported a fourth murder, when they gave the killer a name and details of his horrendous crimes, there were few people that could ignore it.

Detective Robert Miller is assigned to the case, and rapidly uncover a complication. The victims do not officially exist. Their personal details do not register on any known systems. And as Miller unearths ever more disturbing facts, he starts to face truths so far-removed from his own reality that he begins to fear for his life.


A stunning work of crime fiction...a gem of a crime novel that should be up there with the best of them.
A standout thriller...Ellory seamlessly connects this whodunit with a dirty history of the CIA, crafting a tale that grimly makes the personal political.