Book critic Chere Coen reviews R.J. Ellory's A Quiet Belief in Angels in the Louisiana Book News: "Englishman R.J. Ellory was orphaned at 7 and wound up in prison for poaching at 17. While in jail, he immersed himself with reading and began to write 22 novels in longhand.
He submitted his novels to publishers on both sides of the pond but American publishers were leery of an Englishman writing about America, and English publishers were leery of American stories penned by an Englishman. He sold his first book in the U.K., however, and Candlemoth was instantly shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award. Five other novels followed.
But it was A Quiet Belief in Angels that won him best-seller status, shortlisted for numerous awards and now published in 21 countries. This week, the Southern-based thriller will be published stateside and Americans will be introduced to a haunting book expertly written. . . Ellory keeps readers guessing until the very end, a kaleidoscope of suspects revolving as new evidence is unearthed. As the narrator, Joseph makes uneasy comments that make us doubt his innocence as well. And throughout the entire story, Ellory's beautifully descriptive writing delivers us to a rural place in America that's chillingly evil as it is pristine and innocent.
A Quiet Belief in Angels is one of those rare books where you grab anyone walking by to read them passages so you can hear his beautiful words out loud, a book where you long to underline well-written sentences to recount later but you can't stop reading long enough to find a pencil.
Introduce yourself to R.J. Ellory. A Quiet Belief in Angels is the first of more to come."