City of Lies

City of Lies

A Thriller

  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781468308457
  • 464 Pages
  • Overlook Books
  • Adult


John Harper has just made a discovery: the father he believed to be dead for more than thirty years is alive, though lying in a coma in a Manhattan hospital. Returning home to New York brings with it memories of childhood, many of them painful, and yet Harper could never have prepared himself for the truth.

Confronted with the reality of his father’s existence, Harper finds himself seduced by a lifestyle that he seems to have inherited–an underworld life of power, treachery, and menace. As he desperately tries to uncover the facts of his own past, he is faced with one lie after another, and with each new discovery he becomes more and more entangled in a dark and shocking conspiracy.

From the acclaimed author of A Quiet Belief in Angels and A Simple Act of Violence, City of Lies is a tense and gripping thriller, each twist and turn more shocking than the last.


“Outstanding noir…Ellory’s burning insight into Harper’s everyman insecurities drive this triller beyond sordid crime fiction into the darkess recesses of the human heart.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Praise for A Quiet Belief in Angels:

“There aren’t nearly enough beautifully written novels that are also great mysteries. Like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Smilla’s Sense of Snow, A Quiet Belief in Angels is one of them.” –James Patterson

“R. J. Ellory is a uniquely gifted, passionate, and powerful writer, and the quality of his prose–every word, every sentence–hits A Quiet Belief in Angels far above its genre.” –Alan Furst

A Quiet Belief in Angels is a rich, powerful, evocative novel of great psychological depth.” –Jonathan Kellerman