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Richard Montanari
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9 Dec 2010

Johnny Angel is found brutally murdered with a dead prostitute in his bed and a needle full of heroin in his arm. It's all the more shocking because he's a priest. But when Dr Bennett Marc Crane, a prestigious plastic surgeon, is the next victim of a vicious attack of the same manner, it becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose...

And as this homicidal maniac exacts his vengeance upon more innocent victims, evidence of another long-buried crime is uncovered. One that starts with a Halloween celebration at an exclusive college party twenty years ago and ends with a murderous plan for delayed revenge.

For Nicky Stella, a hungry journalist, this is just the sort of sordid story that could land him a cover article. But when he digs a bit too deep, the killer's attention turns towards Nicky and he must find the killer before he becomes the next victim...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (9 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099524821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099524823
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,071 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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Richard Montanari combines some unusual ingredients (the ethnic sociology of Cleveland, Ohio; the poetry of T.S. Eliot; the eccentricities of e-mail and chat rooms) with some of the more familiar elements of genre fiction (the hungry journalist who lucks into a good story; a series of current crimes linked to an old atrocity) to excellent effect in The Violet Hour. Writer Nicky Stella--besieged by debts and responsibilities of his own--tries to save his career by finding out why poetry students who went to a party at Case Western Reserve University 20 years ago are suddenly dying in very nasty ways. With its eclectic mixture of new technologies and classical murder mystery plot, The Violet Hour is a sleek and dark story of delayed revenge. Montanari's well-received and equally chilling first thriller, Deviant Way, is available in paperback. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Consistently surprising . . . Montanari keeps the reader deliciously off balance throughout, letting the novel accrue horrors and deft misdirections, right until its gory end" (Publishers Weekly)

"The novel is, like the nameless killer's victims, well executed. And like the killer himself, fiendishly twisted. A real page turner" (Booklist)

"Told at breakneck pace, with more than one truly frightening villain, and a protagonist whose tenacity in the face of evil makes him a hero for our times, you turn the pages as if your very life depends on it" (Daily Mail)

"A relentlessly suspenseful, soul-chilling thriller that hooks you instantly" (Tess Gerritsen)

"A no-holds-barred thriller that thrusts the reader into the black soul of the killer ... those with a taste for Thomas Harris will look forward to the sure-to-follow sequel" (Library Journal)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mind-boggling thriller 15 Feb 1999
By A Customer
When I read Richard Montanari's DEVIANT WAY, I thought it the best thriller I'd read in years. I literally could not put the book down until I'd read the very last page. With THE VIOLET HOUR he's once again written a thriller full of tension and chills.
We start off in the mind of a killer who has subtly plotted revenge for an event that occurred on Halloween night, 1978. From there we're taken through the methodical killings of all those involved in the event. Nicholas Stella, a freelance writer, thinks he's stumbled onto a story of the week, when one of those killed is a priest he knew personally. Little does he know how deeply he will become involved.
This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys thrillers. With the wonderful pacing and believable characters, the reader will be hooked from the moment they read the first page.
The only problem I can hardly wait for the next Montanari thriller!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the tradition of The Red Dragon 15 Feb 1999
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On Halloween night twenty years ago, a group of college students threw a party in which the alcohol and drugs led to tragedy. Now those people who attended that party are being killed and their bodies disfigured in monstrous ways. Nicholas Stella, a freelance writer, stumbles onto the connection to the killings. With a suburban housewife who is trying to write the great American novel, Nick tries to stop the killings and get a front page, by-line story out of the madness. Any book which can make me turn on all the lights and sit anxiously waiting for my companion to come home is definitely a realistic thriller. The surprise ending is guaranteed to send tears coursing down your cheeks. Montanari has crafted a story in the realm of The Red Dragon, which to me is far more terrifying than The Silence of the Lambs; read it in the daylight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Montanari at his best - a brilliant read 11 Mar 2011
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I have read nearly all of Richard Montanari's books and I would have great difficulty saying which one has been the best for me. I have to say though that The Violet Hour is an outstanding piece of work.

I dont know how he does it; how he manages to come up with amazing twists and turns that literally leave you with your mouth open. "Dark Curls" for example, a mysterious character in the book. I dont want to spoil it for readers so I wont elaborate on it, but his identity came as quite a shock.

The end of the book is quite horrific, even for a seasoned reader of psychological thrillers. And having a child of my own the same age as the child in the story, there were one or two paragraphs that I had to skip over, for obvious reasons.

It was all brilliantly written, not a tedious moment throughout. How on earth he is going to top this one, I dont know.

Only one question - I dont understand the title in relation to the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A THRILLER WITH HEART 15 Feb 1999
By A Customer
THE VIOLET HOUR by Richard Montanari is a sparkling gem amidst this summer's beach-bound thriller/mystery releases. In the tradition of Ridley Pearson, Montanari delivers up character-driven suspense with equal parts tension and twist with a dash of humor.
Reporter Nicky Stella is a worn-down freelancer with more contacts than cash, looking for a story which will pay enough to get a loan shark off his back and catch up his bills for his grandfather's nursing care. An expose` on the death of a local priest seems just the ticket to get him back on his feet again, both financially and emotionally. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems, not for Nicky, and certainly not for Amelia Saintsbury, who finds herself at the center of a tightening circle of death.
I bought THE VIOLET HOUR for the plot, but loved it for the voice and characters. Now I'm anxiously awaiting Montanari's next book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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After only a couple of paragraphs Mr. Montanari has set his hook in you, and after that it's a read every word thriller that's impossible to put down. I came to this book by accident, not having heard of the author before. I'm now on my way to reading his first book entitled "Deviant Way," and look forward as well to his next and all that come after. I don't know where he's been, but I guarantee he's going to be around for a long time. A MUST READ!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is good. 22 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Early Montanari and for me,rather better than the the Montanari of 2013 in some ways.
The scenario is familiar, a revenge story (that's not a spoiler,it's evident very early on) the inventive killings are there,the denouement is good and makes sense.and there are a few 'didn't see that coming' surprises along the way which is good.
Our hero,Nicky is a character that I would like to have seen in another book as he has real potential to develop as a character over several novels but for some reason that never happened.
Our heroine...well she isn't really but she features heavily throughout the book is well written and clearly the blueprint for Balzano later...but I like this version of her better.
And Montanari actually tells the story in a straightforward fashion without jumping all over the place in the slightly (for me) off putting way he's adopted now.
Don't think that because it's early writing that it's not up to certainly is,I've read it twice and thoroughly enjoyed it each time and wished there had been more.Give it a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
This is the first book i have read by this author... it came by recommendation. Could not put it down !
Published 5 months ago by lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different
I am so used to Richard's books on the police in Philadelphia
I was not sure what to expect from this but I found a brilliantly
crafted page turner well recommended... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
easy to put on the E_Reader a good book would recommend to people who like a thriller will buy more books from you.
Published 9 months ago by pamela reilly
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I found the voilet hours quiet good but at times there was a lot off details about what they eating.
Published 10 months ago by carole schwoch
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime and thriller book lover
Very pleased with prompt delivery, and book was in reasonable condition as advertised.
This book is very different to Richard Montanari's usual thriller books.. Read more
Published 14 months ago by churchmouse
5.0 out of 5 stars THe Violet Hour
A good pacy thriller, with a real twisted villain, i'll never look at daffodil bulbs in the same light !!
Published 16 months ago by andy johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange
I really don't know where Richard Montanari get's his idea's from but from page one could not put this down. I know i will read his next book.
Published 16 months ago by Theresa, Sudbury
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I bought this book as I have several others of Richard Montanari books. They are all great reads & the book was in good condition.
Published 17 months ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Very twisted
Hard to get into but very good. Didn't expect the ending but was a very good twist to it. Would recommend to anyone
Published 18 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars The Violet Hour-Richard Montanari
I have read Richard Montanari books before and this one did not dissapoint.look forward to reading more of his books
Published 18 months ago by kathryn
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