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Richard Montanari
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8 Dec 2011

Andrea Heller has been married for seven years, but still likes to pretend she's single. She enjoys sitting on her own in bars, and watching what happens. But there's another couple watching too. They call themselves Saila and Pharaoh, but only after sundown. And it is after sundown that some terrible things are happening in the singles clubs in Cleveland.

In six months, three women in their twenties have been brutally murdered. And each step that Homicide Detective Jack Paris takes to find their killer draws him closer to the heart of his own forbidden impulses.

As the stakes become increasingly personal, Jack knows only one thing for certain. To enter the minds of Saila and Pharaoh is to enter a world from which no one ever fully returns...

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (8 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009952483X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099524830
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Montanari is the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author of Rosary Girls and Skin Gods, as well as the internationally acclaimed thrillers Kiss of Evil, Deviant Ways, The Violet Hour and The Devil's Garden. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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"Montanari keeps things moving with well-placed clues, red herrings and a surprise killer. A scary, suspenseful psychosexual thriller." (Booklist)

"Richard Montanari's vivid portrayal of a serial killing bad-dream team is sick, kinky, realistic, scary as hell and absolutely great." (Kinky Friedman)

"Savvy and sharp ... as well-written a thriller as The Silence of the Lambs ... A winner." (Nelson DeMille)

"Tough, bloodthirsty, sexually explicit US serial killer tale . . . one hell of a read, though not for the squeamish" (Bookseller)

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He's playing a deadly game. And he's closer than you think. The first compelling Jack Paris thriller from the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Byrne and Balzano series. Previously published as Deviant Way.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still only potential..... 24 Dec 2011
Having read all Richard Montanari's books, it is disappointing that he is still only showing potential. As other reviewers have pointed out, his heroes can appear a little short of commonsense when trying to solve a crime, not least Jack Paris. He must tighten up the storyline, possibly at the exclusion of too many women in his life. For someone that appears to be 'Joe Average' he attracts the women like a magnet!
Once again we have a novelist writing about a person(s) who are totally ruthless until the end when they suddenly hit the 'reasonable' button. The stand-off at the end just did not gel with the serial killer of the rest of the book. Montanari is not the only writer guilty of setting a standard for killers only to have them capitulate in the most embarrassing circumstances at the end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good early story from Montanari 13 Jan 2012
By Clive
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
`Don't look now' is Montanari's re-released book originally published as `Deviant way'. It is a good story of Detective Jack Paris tracking a serial killer of ladies picked up in single's bar's as Montanari also tells the story of an open-relationship couple cruising for thrills. I was disappointed that Montanari had not re-edited the new release as Jeffrey Deaver has done with some of his early stories. I found `Don't look now' quite hard to follow in some places due to poor continuity. I felt as though I had missed a few pages, whereas in fact the paragraphs are quite `choppy'. The plot is fast and absorbing if somewhat in-plausible. I would hope that the Cleveland Police force are smarter than the fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on his other books 4 Mar 2012
By Lainy
A serial killer is on the loose, and an unusual combination at that. The target, beautiful young business women who all have something in common and all end up brutally murdered with a thin strip of skin removed along with other mutilation. Jack Paris is on the case and half way through gets an unlikely lead that sees the case closed, or is there more to it?

I usually really enjoy Richard Montanari but I was really disappointed with this one. The characters I couldn't seem to connect with or have any feelings for at all other than puzzlement or annoyance. There was a lot of contradictions (I felt), for example Jack seems clueless all along then at the end a small clue tips him off that leads to the finale (sorry to be vague but I hate spoiler reviews). The killer seems to be motivated and does the killings and rituals for a reason but your left wondering and really with a lot more questions than answers at the end and that really annoys me. Even if I had liked the book this would have pulled it's rating down anyway but I wasn't moved or enthralled with this at all.

There is a lot of sex and swearing in the book but if your a Montanari fan this won't be new for you, if your looking to start with this author try one of the other books first as this doesn't show any of his talent or have a patch on any of his other books I have read and enjoyed, 2/5 this time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book surprised me. 23 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The reviews of this book are rather confusing,some seem to say nothing,two have no bearing on this book at all and a couple don't seem to know that this is a re-branding of his first novel written in 1995. Then it was called 'Deviant Ways' and it was one of the two books of his I haven't ever managed to obtain until now. So I've read everything since but not this and this is very different from his later Byrne and Balzano series although it's roots are here.

It's original title was totally appropriate. So much so that sensitive souls might find some of it a little too strong it isn't just the gore ,the sex scenes and sexual practices talked about may disturb some readers.

Compared to later the writing is a little rough around the edges. In characterisation you can see clearly who he's based Byrne on and there is even the slightly confusing authorial voice changes from chapter to chapter that feature so much in his current work. Another reviewer found it distracting but for me in this particular novel, that confusion as to who was telling the tale added to the 'who is it' that's doing this part of the book,it did not in any way detract.
I thoroughly enjoyed it,was swept along by it and really wanted to know who dunnit. One reviewer was concerned that an explanation for the baddies behaviours isn't clear but I think it is there if you read how the 'madness' (for want of a better spoilers) evolves.through time for them. The bit that did disappoint a little was the ending itself ,the 'who' part of it was partially guessable early on but some looked like an afterthought almost as if there could be a continuation. (If you read it you'll see what I mean)

The only serious jarring note is the updating.....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The start of something beautiful. 15 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Richard Montanari's writing for a short time now, (having read the who Byrne and Balazano series, and also The Devils Way and most recently The Violet Hour) I became instantly hooked onto him due to his unique and inventive mystery stricken book plots.
I felt intrigued to see where it all began for him.
With Detective Jack Paris.
Although, I was greatly disappointed in the the packaging, I was not let down by the quality of story!
Overall great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really brilliant read
Very quickly becoming my favourite author - I do love the twists and turns coupled with very well crafted characters. I recommend both the author and this book
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, I loved it!
I found this to be one of the best Richard Montanari books I've read. It was fast paced, interesting characters that I cared about. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AvidReader
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
This guy sure knows how to write a detective novel with a scary twist. I love how it delves into the minds of not only the criminals but also the detectives.
Published 5 months ago by Sharon De Pledge
2.0 out of 5 stars None
Found this novel very disjointed as if it had been cobbled together at the last minute. Not a patch on his later books. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware
If you have read Deviant Ways by the same author this is the same book. It is a great story and I love Montinari but I had read this before...
Published 5 months ago by 1maddog
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love Richard Montanari's books, so easy to read and this one was the same and had a brilliant and unexpected twist at the end
Published 6 months ago by Maria Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars dont look now
i chose this book because i have been a fan of this author for quite a while . his books are excellent
Published 6 months ago by jackie vann
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as Kevin and Jessica
Have read all the Byrne and Baldwin books and loved them. Was worried that his other books wouldn't be as good. I was wrong. This one was very good. Would recommend it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by EMMA POWELL
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent as usual
i love the characters Byrne and Ballzano they are interesting and well described , the plot as always is good , there is always a twist somewhere in it , the only time i am... Read more
Published 9 months ago by elizabeth biggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Murder/Mystery
Love this author! He writes fantastic murder and mystery books that once you get the hang of the story, you just can't put it down.
Published 13 months ago by Fred
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