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The Rosary Girls: (Byrne & Balzano 1) by [Montanari, Richard]
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"A relentlessly suspenseful, soul-chilling thriller that hooks you instantly" (Tess Gerritsen)

"Readers of this terrifying page-turner are in the hands of a master storyteller. Be prepared to stay up all night" (James Ellroy)

"A specialist in serial killer tales . . . a wonderfully evocative writer" (Publishers Weekly)

"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)

"One of the most terrifyingly evil stories I have read. Yet, with all it's violence, it is balanced by much compassion and beauty. I just couldn't put it down. This could be the book of the year" (Norman Goldman, Barnes & Noble)

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"'A relentlessly suspenseful, soul-chilling thriller that hooks you instantly' -- Tess Gerritsen 'Readers of this terrifying page-turner are in the hands of a master story-teller. Be prepared to stay up all night' -- James Ellroy 'A relentlessly suspenseful, soul-chilling thriller that hooks you instantly' - Tess Gerritsen 'Readers of this terrifying page-turner are in the hands of a master storyteller. Be prepared to stay up all night' - James Ellroy 'A specialist in serial killer tales... a wonderfully evocative writer' - Publishers Weekly 'A no-holds-barred thriller that thrusts the reader into the black soul of the killer... those with a taste for Thomas Harrls will look forward to the sure-to-follow sequel' - Library Journal 'One of the most terrifyingly evil stories I have read. Yet, with all it's violence, it is balanced by much compassion and beauty. I just couldn't put it down. This could be the book of the year.' - Norman Goldman, Barnes & Noble"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345470958
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS5OW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Dr Evil VINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
'The Rosary Girls' begins when a young girl has been found murdered with her hands bolted together as well as other sickening mutilations and rosary beads between her fingers. Called to investigate are long-time homicide detective, Kevin Byrne and his new partner, Jessica Balzano. More girls, with the only connection to each other being that they attend catholic schools, are found in similar conditions every day leading up to Easter. With time running out and next to no clues on who and where the killer will strike next, Byrne and Balzano are in a race against time to stop one of Philidelphia's worst serial killers.

This is the first book that I've read by Richard Montanari (and the first of his that was released in the UK) and is definitely not the last as 'The Rosary Girls' is well up there with the likes of Thomas Harris' Silence of the Lambs and James Patterson's Kiss The Girls. I've now ordered the second Byrne and Balzano novel, The Skin Gods, and am really looking forward to giving it a read!

From the opening chapter I was completely gripped by the storyline. Montanari really knows how to write a good thriller - just when I thought I'd worked out who the killer was (on a number of occasions) he turns the story completely around, making me think it was someone completely different! The setting is dark and gritty, showing you the most violent and seedy sides of Philedelphia. The lead characters Byrne and Balzano are very likeable and believable (although some of the crime fiction detective stereotypes are still there) and are ones that I look forward to see how they develop in future novels.

Overall it is a very entertaining read and one of the best that I've read in a long time. If you're after a real whodunnit, with plenty of twists and suspense, as well as some really good characters, look no further than 'The Rosary Girls'. 10/10!
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“The Rosary Girls” by Richard Montanari sees a new partnership is formed in rookie detective, Jessica Balzano, and veteran detective, Kevin Byrne, due to his previous partner being laid up in hospital post heart attack. Instead of being slowly eased into her new role as a homicide detective, Balzano's first body is that of a catholic schoolgirl whose hands have been bolted together in a gesture of prayer and she's clutching onto a set of rosary beads. Byrne is unsure if Balzano, the daughter of a famous philadelphia cop, will approve of his approach but together they must work together to catch the serial killer preying on Philadelphia's catholic schoolgirls...

This particular crime formula of a veteran detective that lives on the edge while breaking rules and making enemies along the way being partnered with a fresh faced rookie detective is a cliché that has been done a hundredfold. However, Montanari's shows us how it should be written in “The Rosary Girls” due to giving it a new lease of life and really bringing his characters to life with background stories including journalists out for blood, their family lives and just their every day interactions with each other. Byrne hints towards having a 'psychic' ability where he can sense what happened at a crime scene if he gets a good look at it. If handled incorrectly, this could have caused the book to crash due to readers not seeing it as completely realistic but Montanari handles it like a professional and I found myself curious as to what Byrne could see also.

When it comes to religious murders, sometimes you can be treading into risky territories but Montanari did his research and managed to write a perfect case as well as completely surprise the reader at the end when the killer and motive was revealed.
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Discovered Richard Montanari's The Echo Man serendipitously at the hotel I am staying in, in Penang. What a read!
Downloaded The Rosary Girls, another incredible page turning read into the early hours of the morning.
Absolutely gripping crime thriller writer.
Off to download the next book in the series.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this first Byrne and Balzano story. Looking forward to reading the others. Interesting characters and a page turning plot.
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Excellent, I loved this this book, a good story, and a page turner in places.
I am off t ok find book number 2.
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very good
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Buried in this can of American corn syrup is a good thriller, but it is crying out for a half-decent editor who could have made it so much better.
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Fantastic book. First book by montanari I've read and I found it to be superb
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