R.J. Ellory


Roger Jon Ellory was born in 1965 in England. After orphanage and prison, he became a guitarist in a rhythm and blues band, then turned to photography and writing. In France, he enjoyed immediate success with his novel Seul le silence, which won the Nouvel Obs/BibliObs prize for black fiction in 2009 and quickly became a bestseller.  Throughout his work, R.J. Ellory paints a dark picture of a murderous and guilt-ridden America, far from the England where he was born.

Autobiography for Quais du Polar

Believed to be a descendant of the Celtic warrior Hranfir, Lord of Wolves, Ellory was born in a dark forest in the heart of England. His first manuscripts were written with the blood of his enemies. Now his enemies are all dead, he uses a typewriter.

Crime favourites

A book: Chacal, Frederick Forsyth

A film : Persian Lessons, Vadim Perelman

An author: Truman Capote

A music: Wildweed, Jeffrey Lee Pierce (in particular the title ‘Sex Killer‘)