Set in the 1960s, the content may be dark and unforgiving but it is a beautifully and poetically planned tale that reveals itself layer by layer.
Though [Ellory's] books always provide a wild and giddy ride, there is more to them than thrills, chills and spills. Bad Signs is rich, complex and nuanced, with many psychological undercurrents. It's edge-of-the-seat entertainment.
He's one of the great British thriller writers of his generation.
Set in an utterly convincing 1960s rural America, this is a jaw droppingly good thriller by British writer Roger Ellory.
Ellory's the real deal, giving us another horrific chunk of small-town American violence, neglect and psychopathy. Institutionalised half brothers Clarence and Elliott have a startling choice to make when they are kidnapped by a convicted serial killer ****
Violent imagery, real pathos and a dark, dark humour. Without doubt, Bad Signs is Ellory's most disturbing book, and one that will haunt the reader
One of the most interesting crime novelists working today. He sets his novels in the US and seems to change his style of writing from book to book - always to excellent effect.
With this novel, Ellory has joined the stars of modern genre literature. It is a classic.
Will your fingernails ever grow back? Now, that is good writing. This is a stellar work of fiction that deserves to be on everyone's reading list. Loved it.
Ellory has been compared to Mario Puzo, James Ellory and Stephen King. All descriptions are accurate, but they fail to define Ellory's unique style. He is a very special writer.
Ellory has a talent for making the detestable captivating. An intricate fictional dance whicn he pulls off expertly.
Ellory has a lovely prose style that allows his story to glide on, as events both rivet and repel. [An] excellent action thriller.
It's a cliche to praise a crime novel for its adroit marshalling of suspense, but there is no choice here