MOCKINGBIRD SONGS R. J. ELLORY
Published 7th May 2015 Orion
I recommend this novel
Prison changes a man. Sometimes in ways you can see. Usually in ways you can’t.
The only reason Henry Quinn survived three years inside was because of Evan Riggs, a one-time country singer, one-time killer, now serving a life sentence. No parole. On the day he gets out, Henry promises Evan he will find his daughter, the daughter he never met, and deliver a letter.
A free man, Henry heads to the small Texan town where Evan grew up and where his brother Carson now resides as sheriff. There’s no sign of the girl and her uncle claims to know nothing of her whereabouts. But Henry isn’t about to give up. He made a promise and, no matter what, he’s going to find Evan’s daughter.
As Carson’s behaviour towards him becomes ever more threatening, Henry realises that there are dark secrets buried at the heart of this quiet town. What terrible thing drove the brothers apart and what happened to the missing girl?
I really enjoyed reading this thriller and would recommend it.
Henry Quinn, two days before his eighteenth, birthday was charged as an adult. He was drunk, and fired a handgun at Sally O’Brien’s neck. Henry got three-to-five years in Reeves County Farm Prison. Henry shared his prison cell with a country singer called Evan Riggs. He knew the man and his albums, but he did not know of Riggs whereabouts. Evan Rigg had already served seventeen years of a life sentence for the murder of Forrest Weatherby in an Austin hotel corridor in July of 1950. On the day Henry is released from prison he promises Evan that he will find the daughter that he never met and deliver his letter to her.
This story set in an utterly convincing 1960 rural America is a jaw dropping good thriller by British writer Roger Ellory.