Kennedy. JFK. The words inevitably scream out ‘assassination’ — then ‘controversy’, ‘conspiracy’. There can be nothing new to say on the subject, surely? RJ Ellory has a lot that’s new to say, and he says it with magnificent effectiveness in Three Bullets.
You’ve read the blurb (it’s below, in case you missed it), so I’ll not repeat it. You’ve maybe read other reviews, so I’ll not repeat them. What I will say is that like all books by this author the secret lies in the telling as much as in the tale.
Right from the start, the reader is presented with a reconstruction which should feel entirely familiar … then the ground is pulled away and the ending shifts from history to fiction. Just like that. And that is the way of the remainder of the books. An improbably ordinary character in an improbably extraordinary situation.
It’s a study in obsession, frustration, dawning understanding and finally redemption. Or not. By the time the story was told, in a depth which is so much this author’s trademark, you will be ready for anything, for any revelation, hoping that you’re going to be surprised.
And you will be. Honest.
Reviewed by Frank Westworth
Three Bullets by RJ Ellory is available at Amazon
IT WAS THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD
On 22nd November 1963, John F. Kennedy’s presidential motorcade rode through Dealey Plaza. He and his wife Jackie greeted the crowds on a glorious Friday afternoon in Dallas, Texas.
BUT WHAT IF IT MISSED?
Mitch Newman is a photojournalist based out of Washington, D.C. His phone never rings. When it does, a voice he hasn’t heard in years will tell him his former fiancée Jean has taken her own life.
WHEN THE TRUTH IS BIGGER THAN ALL THE LIES
Jean was an investigative reporter working the case of a lifetime. Somewhere in the shreds of her investigation is the truth behind her murder.
WHO WOULD BELIEVE IT?
For Mitch, piecing together the clues will become a dangerous obsession: one that will lead him to the dark heart of his country – and into the crossfire of a conspiracy…