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Richard Montanari
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15 Sep 2011

It is fall in Philadelphia and the mutilated body of a man is found in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of the city. The victim has been viciously tortured to death. It's the work of a sadistic mind in free fall.

When homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano investigate, they soon realise that their crime scene is linked to the past. Eight years ago, another body was found in the same place, in the same position, killed in the same manner. That case was never closed. Apart from their killer's unusual calling cards, the crime scene photos - past and present - are identical.

As another brutalised body appears, then another, it becomes horrifyingly clear that someone is recreating unsolved murders from Philadelphia's past in the most sinister of ways. And the killer is closer than they think...


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099524783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099524786
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Montanari was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a traditional Italian-American family. After university, he travelled Europe extensively and lived in London, selling clothing in Chelsea and foreign language encyclopedias door-to-door in Hampstead Heath.

Returning to the US, he started working as a freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, the Seattle Times, and many others. He wrote his first book, Deviant Way, in 1996 and it won the OLMA for Best First Mystery. His novels have now been published in more than twenty-five languages.

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He's coming to get you. The fifth thriller in the compelling Byrne and Balzano series from the Sunday Times bestseller.

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It is fall in Philadelphia and the mutilated body of a man is found in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of the city. The victim has been viciously tortured to death. It's the work of a sadistic mind in free fall.

When homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano investigate, they soon realise that their crime scene is linked to the past. Eight years ago, another body was found in the same place, in the same position, killed in the same manner. That case was never closed. Apart from their killer's unusual calling cards, the crime scene photos - past and present - are identical.

As another brutalised body appears, then another, it becomes horrifyingly clear that someone is recreating unsolved murders from Philadelphia's past in the most sinister of ways. And the killer is closer than they think...

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Echo Man 28 Mar 2011
By Ali
Format:Hardcover
Having read all of Richard's books one expects a certain level of excellence, and although I would be the first to admit that the books sometimes work outside the perameters of normal thrillers he always delivers. This book allow the reader into the emotional lives of both Balzano and Byrne which only increases the readers love for them as individuals and as a team. Although there are some chapters which can be a little slow I would recommend this book to any thriller reader.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Montinari back on form. 28 Feb 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Crime has never been so good as it has recently. Within this title you get scares, you get chills and above all else you get a tale that keeps the reader glued to the last page especially when you back it with some cracking backstory to reveal more about one of the principle protagonists. It's well written, it's definitely a title that has a great overall arc and its one that adds to the characters previous adventures in such a way that it keeps it moving at its own pace.

Finally add some great prose, a good sense of dialogue backed by believable characters and the reader really is in for a treat. Richard is back to form so please ignore The Devil's Garden and turn straight to this title. A real faith restorer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Echo Man 5 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover
Another addition in the Balzano/ Byrne series which started with The Rosary Girls a few years back. That was and probably will remain the best in the series.
Although i was and still am a fan of Montanari's books, i feel that the more recent ones (including the one here reviewed) are a bit of a let down from his earlier works. As another reviewer rightly observed, i feel that his plots are starting to be slightly over complicated, which may work quite well for some but for me a bit less.
Mind you, it is still a very good thriller, like all his books, with an ending that i absolutely didnt anticipate. Really like Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne and the way their friendship has evolved from book to book. The bad guy in the book is one to be remembered, both in his brutality and originality. He kills and re-creates previous murder scenes in the city's history, that all have one thing in common; they were all unsolved murders. Gets a bit slow towards the middle but leads to a very exciting finale.
Can be easily read as a stand alone novel, as there arent any give aways to previous books but all the same would suggest to read in order, so as to get to know the main characters better. Looking forward for next installment!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Montanari - The Echo Man 11 Mar 2011
By molko VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
So after a bit of a wait we're back with Philly Detectives Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne with this, the 5th book in the series. And what a series it has been. I think I've rated all the past books with 4 or 5 stars here on Amazon, and this is no different. It's the run up to Halloween and there's a serial killer loose in Philly, leaving each of their victims with a band of paper around their heads and posed in positions that are a complete replica of a past, unsolved Philly crime. But how are the crimes connected? That's the case that our 2 detectives are facing. Aswell as delightful tidbits of home life and personal demons this makes for an awfully well rounded crime novel featuring some of the most readable and believable character's in the genre. I'd say read this only if you've read the others first... although if you're interested I suppose it couldn't hurt to be read by itself. Either way Richard Montanari is a name you should take note of; he's up there with the best of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overly disjointed. 13 July 2013
By JAYESSE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's not a mediocre crime thriller,far from it,in fact the actual main storyline is really very good but the way the author has interwoven so many other lines some linked to the main story,some not,that it became irritating to me after a while. As another reviewer writes this book suffers from the half page or two page chapter syndrome on a Kindle it becomes noticeable when the 1 minute chapter becomes the norm. It happened too often for comfort particularly when these 'bits' go somewhere sometimes and other times don't. His final winding up of the varying threads is far too quick and clinical as some of it is arguably important about our protagonists but I suppose as the book was already over 500 pages so something had to give. Perhaps longer chapters earlier would have made for more space.
It's a decent read but one I won't re read as I have with other of his books.
I would advise setting aside a chunk of time to read it as it flows far better in one or two sittings than the dip in type of read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average outing for Byrne and Balzano 25 April 2012
By Clive
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was nice to see a return of Byrne and Balzano as the two Philadelphia detectives hunt the Echo Man, a music inspired serial killer who cleans up cold cases by murdering prime suspects. There are many murders in this novel, perhaps too many that it dilutes the story. It also became quite complicated with a large number of characters. Despite these flaws it is a good read even though I also found the ending implausible. Overall, on balance I gave three stars. It is worth reading for those like myself who have enjoyed Byrne and Balzano, but it is not their best outing and those wanting to try Montanari should seek out Rosary Girls, Broken Angels or Skin Gods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Echo Man 20 Mar 2012
By Lynn56
Format:Kindle Edition
Fantastic read,Richard Montanari,puts together a great story with many twists and turns. You need to concentrate during the first few chapters whilst the story becomes together. I could not put this book down i thought The Devil Garden was a compelling read, this was just as good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable.
As always from Richard Montanari gripping plot, brilliantly written, utterly compelling. From The Rosary Girls have loved every one of his books.
Published 22 days ago by val johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars One more time-
Another brilliant book from one of the world's greatest story tellers very fast paced and makes Philadelphia come alive even if there is license. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
I have been a fan of Byrne and Balzano from the start. This is a true page turner, I was consumed with interest. I love the characters and the quality of writing is excellent. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Blonde4Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
Brilliant, as with all his books Montanari enthralled from the very first page. So easy to pick up, so hard to put down.
Published 11 months ago by Aligod
5.0 out of 5 stars real page turner
this one keeps you guessing to the end just when you think you know who did it , you are surprised to find you are wrong good stuff as usual
Published 12 months ago by elizabeth biggs
3.0 out of 5 stars The Echo Man
Having read and enjoyed all Richard Montanari's Byrne & Balzano series, I found Echo Man a little too disjointed and confusing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Liverbird5
4.0 out of 5 stars the echo man
A great read but the musical references were very in-depth and made it all a bit confusing. Also felt like the end wasn't explained very well
Published 13 months ago by Cookie
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The echo man is the first book I've read by Richard montanari and it will definitely not be the last. Fantastic read so pleased that I received it.
Published 14 months ago by WeeBarra
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Totally brilliant, a rollercoaster ride all the way to the end. It keeps you guessing almost until the last page. Richard Montana's is pure writing genius
Published 14 months ago by Miriam Timson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read
Excellent book. Just what you are looking for in a crime thriller. Richard Montenari never let's you down. The ending is always a surprise.
Published 15 months ago by Jilly1234
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