Ballantine, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
ichard Montanari is an international bestselling author in more than ten countries, and foreign rights for his novels have been sold all over the world. His newest novel
(he's written five others) brings to the printed page a deranged killer who is hung up on children's bedtime fairy tales.
is method of killing is chilling and the hunt for him is thrilling. Homicide cops Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano handle the case – one that affects them both emotionally, as much more than just their jobs. Finding a dead young woman posed on the banks of the Schuylkill River, dressed in old fashioned garb and missing her feet, would be enough to cause sleepless nights for anyone.
ryne and Balzano follow this killer's trail from one murder site to another, not realizing that nasty past crimes are linked to present day ones.
has a tightly written plot with well fleshed out characters – some of whom you hope you would never meet. The fast-paced action takes place in and around Philadelphia. Montanari's use of the city where I was born made his make-believe plot even more real to me. He uses locations effectively to further his storyline.
ichard Montanari is a masterful storyteller with a talent for bringing his background and characters alive. Engrossing, absorbing, gripping, riveting, enthralling. Whatever adjective one picks,
is all that and more.
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