The Anniversary Man by R.J. Ellory
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Twenty years ago, John Costello's life as he knew it ended. He and his beautiful girlfriend, Nadia, became victims of the deranged "Hammer of God" killer who terrorized Jersey City throughout the summer of 1984. This murderer went after young courting couples in an attempt to "save their souls." Nadia was killed by the first blow of the hammer. John survived, but was physically and psychologically scarred to an extent that few people could comprehend. He withdrew from society, hid in his apartment, and now only emerges to work as a crime researcher for a major newspaper.

Damaged as he may be, no one in New Jersey knows more about serial killers than John Costello. So, when a new spate of murders starts--all seemingly random and unrelated--John is the only one who can discern the complex pattern that lies behind them. But could this dark knowledge threaten his own life?

About R.J. Ellory

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R. J. ELLORY is the author of eight novels, including the bestselling A Quiet Belief in Angels, which was the Strand Magazine's Thriller of the Year, nominated for the Barry Award, and a finalist for the SIBA Award. His novel A Simple Act of Violence won the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award, and A Quiet Vendetta was praised by Booklist as “the best mafia novel since The Godfather.”
Published June 10, 2010 by Overlook Books. 404 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Aided by Langley and Costello, Irving digs through a massive haystack of serial-murder cases to find a needle—another case the killer will recreate.

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Then he astounds Irving with predicting likely dates for future murders, but “you start to factor in about two hundred serial murders a year spanning fifty years, then every day is going to be the anniversary of someone’s death.” When Irving muses that the Anniversary Man “wants to be as famous a...

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Unlike real life serial killers, who typically hop off freight trains or quietly invade apartment houses, cutting throats or bashing heads and leaving a trail of bodies in their wake, the fictional serial killer is an intellectual of sorts, one whose overweening egotism prompts him to lay down a ...

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I had nothing more than a sip of your g&t, and it there was anything less than a youthful spring to my step as I made my way back to my own hotel, it was due entirely to the lateness of the hour.====================== Detectives Beyond Borders"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"http://www....

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Ali, Thanks for reminding me (and everyone) how great Bouchercon was.

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