The Anniversary Man, Paperback Book

The Anniversary Man Paperback

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The serial killer to end all serial killers is out there and only one person in the whole city knows it...Twenty years ago John Costello's life, as he knew it, ended. He and his beautiful girlfriend, Nadia, were victims of the deranged 'Hammer of God' killer who terrorised New Jersey City throughout the summer of 1984.

Nadia was killed instantly. John survived, but withdrew from society, emerging only to work as a crime researcher for a major newspaper.

Damaged he may be, but no one in New Jersey knows more about serial killers than John Costello. Then a new spate of murders starts - all seemingly random and unrelated - until John discovers a complex pattern that links them.

But could this dark knowledge be about to threaten his life?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780752883106

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We begin with young John Costello meeting a girl and falling in love with her. One day,sitting on a park bench together they are approached by a stranger who announces himself as 'The Hammer of God' and who then batters both of them with a hammer,killing the girl and leaving Costello badly injured.Twenty years later a series of killings begins,which becomes known as 'The Anniversary Killings'. Each killing by the 'Anniversary Man' follows exactly a murder committed years ago on the same date.Detective Ray Irving is in charge of the case which seems impossible to solve,and as he becomes more and more involved. Both the present day murders and the old cases seem to give him no clues until he is put in touch with the survivor of the 'Hammer of God' case.This is R.J.Ellory's best book since 'A Quiet Belief in Angels'. Here he has invented a killer who seems omnipotent , and at the same time several sympathetic characters with whom the reader can really care about and who one can only hope survive beyond the end of the book.

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Very disaapoiinting. I had enjoyed this author's previous book, "A Simple Act of Violence" and, consequently, was surprised at how tedious I found its successor. I could almost feel my hair turning grey as I read this.

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