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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (530 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: R. J. Ellory Narrator: Stefan Rudnick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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”, a serial killer in Jersey City who 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 he may be, but 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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “R.J. Ellory’s remarkable talent for probing the unknown establishes him as the master of the genre. The perfect author to read late into the night.”

    Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Compelling, un-put-downable thriller writing of the very highest order.”


  • “Ellory is skilled at cinematic narratives and has an overt passion for old movies. This novel brandishes his filmic consciousness…It’s a cliché to praise a crime novel for its adroit marshalling of suspense, but there is no choice here: with The Anniversary Man, that’s the signal achievement.”


  • “Let’s cut to the chase. This is quite simply one of the best cop thrillers you’ll read this year. Or any year. It’s an achievement that parks Ellory’s wagon on the driveway of Michael Connelly, the finest American exponent of the genre, and no higher praise can I give.”

    Peterborough Evening Telegraph

  • “Ellory’s gripping thriller should appeal to lovers of procedurals and may also draw readers of true crime, as it deals with many actual serial killings.”

    Library Journal

  • “This thriller was so gripping it had me holding my breath as I turned the pages...the plot has plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing right up to the final chapter and the graphic descriptions made it difficult to tear myself away.”

    Essentials magazine

  • "This is one of those police-procedural gems that come along once in a blue moon...And what a story it is!...This could be the one to put [Ellory's] name in lights in this country. Expect his name to be on every crime-fiction fan's lips in short order."

    Booklist (Starred Review)

  • “Ellory’s writing is so lyrical, powerful and heartrending that those who normally steer clear of the genre are likely to feel at home.”


  • “In this bleak examination of murder and hope, Ellory’s herrings are as red and sticky as caramelized apples, more dead-ends than Manhattanriverside real estate. Fans of Ellory’s A Quiet Belief in Angels will repeatedly take the wrong road, when trying to identify the Anniversary Man. Readers who expect the amazing success of that novel to be replicated by the Brit who sets his plots in the U.S. as though he intends to recolonize for the Queen will be thrilled with this epic crime fiction novel. Written as though by a native New Yorker, this novel needs to be read twice—once for vice-grip-like details, again for nectar from the consummate wordsmith. So real is Ellory’s writing that the lines between journalism and crime fiction blur. Though Ellory’s standalone crime thrillers grab readers by the throat and don’t let go until the last page, Detective Irving has the makings of Connelly’s Harry Bosch on steroids, sure to be a repeat character—and made with cinematic success into a blockbuster movie.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Izzy | 2/3/2014

    " He only gets better... If I had three thumbs they would all be up. Engaging from the get-go and after that you just don't want to put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ginny | 1/31/2014

    " I read Ellory's previous book, A Quiet Belief in Angels, and loved it. He really upped the ante with this book which I found to be both a great literary novel and an unbearably chilling mystery. I was so caught up in this story, I felt I was a part of the pages. I loved it and hope Ellory has more books up his sleeve to look forward to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peggy | 1/22/2014

    " Great story, characters, etc. Over-long with a bit or repetition and unnecessary chatter. Toward the end, I began to think he was trying to fill up space, since every other sentence contained one or more "f" bombs. Very distracting and I only kept reading because I really wanted to know how it ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margi | 1/7/2014

    " Wow! The back says "the serial-killer novel to end all serial-killer novels" and I think it fits that quote. I loved all the references to past serials and the copying of those crimes. I was so intrigued by John Costello. I really was interested in his character and what he had ro say. I have not read Ellory before, but this book makes me want to delve into others. "

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About the Author

R. J. Ellory, orphaned at the age of seven and sent to prison for poaching when he was seventeen, immersed himself in literature and set about learning the craft of writing fiction. He now divides his time between writing and volunteer programs in drug rehabilitation and youth literacy. He is married with one son.