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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Montanari Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kevin Byrne / Jessica Balzano Series Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781415961797
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A teenage runaway’s body is found in the basement of a rancid tenement building in the desolate, dangerous North Philly district dubbed the Badlands. The inexplicable cause of death: drowning. Months later, this dormant homicide case stirs back to life. A confession to the bizarre murder sends Philadelphia police detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano rushing to make an arrest. But what they find will chill these hardened veterans to the bone. As the body count grows, a terrifying design literally takes shape. Pieces of a gruesome puzzle are being set into place by a madman using the city as his game board. His playthings are the innocent, and his opponents–and pawns–are Byrne and Balzano, who must, before time runs out, decipher the truth about a shadowy house of horrors and its elusive master.

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  • The new Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne mystery is also, by far, the best is the series, a novel worthy of comparison with such elite procedural authors as Michael Connelly. Philadelphia homicide cops Balzano and Byrne are working a cold case, the disappearance of a young girl. Following some new evidence, the partners discover that a serial killer is stalking runaways, abducting and killing them in bizarre ways. This is a stunning novel, combining the best elements of the police procedural with the most unsettling aspects of the psycho serial-killer genre. The villain is not merely a psychopath but a fully realized human being, with a backstory that explains his obsessions. We feel a certain amount of compassion for him even as we’re seriously creeped out by his actions and what goes on inside his head. Along with such Connelly jewels as The Narrows (2004), this outstanding, truly memorable novel will remind readers of Ridley Pearson’s Lou Boldt and Daphne Matthews series, especially The Pied Piper (1998), which also includes a riveting portrait of a deranged serial killer. Montanari seems poised to take his place on the top ranks of the mystery field. BOOKLIST
  • Merciless
  • Sensational. Chicago Tribune
  • Taut . . . chilling . . . the story is ingenious. Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • The Skin Gods
  • What makes The Skin Gods engrossing isn’t just the sustained suspense but the adept rendering of the characters. Rocky Mountain News
  • Perfect for anyone who enjoys a well-crafted thriller . . . Bestselling Montanari has another hit on his hands. Booklist
  • The Rosary Girls

    “Readers of this terrifying page-turner are in the hands of a master storyteller. Be prepared to stay up all night.
    James Ellroy
  • Gripping . . . You begin The Rosary Girls out of curiosity but finish it out of compulsion. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 2/6/2014

    " Reading a Richard Montanari novel is like sitting down to a gourmet meal. He selects only the finest words which are to be savoured and rolled around the tongue like a vintage wine. Obviously I loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 12/30/2013

    " I had never read a mystery by Richard Montanari before this novel. I thought it was great. A very gripping mystery about a serial killer and lots of action in the hunt for him. It has good elements of character development of both the villain and the police. Enjoyable read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mysterious | 12/17/2013

    " Police procedural novel with cliffhanger suspense throughout, the antagonist is a master of illusion, magic and puzzles which keeps him always one step ahead of the authorities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty | 12/15/2013

    " I love the Byrne and Balzano series and this book did not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theweebarrell | 11/15/2013

    " Couldn't get into this book, which i was disssapointed about as i love richard montanari's other books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kbakken | 11/13/2013

    " Montanari mentioned the West Memphis Three in his novel, Rosary Girls, so I've read everything he's written since then. Good, solid thriller franchise! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 9/21/2013

    " Badlands was my first murder mystery other than Murder on the Orient Express. It was exciting, scary and a page turner. It was a quick read as well. Something fun to pick up on a lazy or rainy day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dabs | 9/16/2013

    " Not as good or as strong as his other books for these characters (the plot was a bit more convoluted than he usually writes, and the characters seemed a little bit not quite themselves), but still a good crime novel with loads of suspense, creepy happenings, and oodles of mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thasc | 8/30/2013

    " What a cracking page turner it kept you on the edge of your seat until the very end, I never guessed who the murderer was "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan Plant | 7/30/2013

    " A quick read murder mystery thrilled set in Philadelphia. I enjoyed the numerous references to the city, and the Philadelphia Police Department. Johnny Dougherty was giving them out free at his PA Society party and had the author there to sign them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June anne | 5/3/2013

    " it's all in the detail... multi-layered plot, characters with many flaws, short punchy chapters that leave you hanging and the ever-present gruesome death. Cant seem to get enough of this guy, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Howard | 1/19/2013

    " Page-turner, Philadelphia venue. Although it dragged on a little too long, it had an interesting premise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 9/5/2012

    " Got this one on sale and didn't realize until later that this is #4 in a series with these detectives although I don't think that was a problem for me...I may check out the others down the road. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime Roberts | 7/27/2012

    " Fast paced. Excellent character development and storyline "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 7/4/2012

    " Good descriptions of the thinking of the boy and the serial killer. Mesmerizing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 6/28/2012

    " Great psychological thriller, I'd give it 5 stars, but I reserve that for my very faves. Listened to it on CD in my car. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Schulte | 4/19/2012

    " Fats read, great page turner, lots a good twists "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 2/17/2012

    " Very unexpected plot twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Quinn | 8/22/2011

    " decent novel, quite tense "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Davies | 7/24/2011

    " Well written - fast paced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly Irvin | 2/15/2011

    " This was a page turner! I will read more by him soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/8/2011

    " Well written - fast paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 8/26/2010

    " Great psychological thriller, I'd give it 5 stars, but I reserve that for my very faves. Listened to it on CD in my car. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 3/3/2010

    " Good descriptions of the thinking of the boy and the serial killer. Mesmerizing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/9/2010

    " Pretty fun read. A little predictable at the end, but the twists at the beginning are great fun!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 1/4/2010

    " A quick read murder mystery thrilled set in Philadelphia. I enjoyed the numerous references to the city, and the Philadelphia Police Department. Johnny Dougherty was giving them out free at his PA Society party and had the author there to sign them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Howard | 12/22/2009

    " Page-turner, Philadelphia venue. Although it dragged on a little too long, it had an interesting premise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dabs | 10/9/2009

    " Not as good or as strong as his other books for these characters (the plot was a bit more convoluted than he usually writes, and the characters seemed a little bit not quite themselves), but still a good crime novel with loads of suspense, creepy happenings, and oodles of mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 6/20/2009

    " Reading a Richard Montanari novel is like sitting down to a gourmet meal. He selects only the finest words which are to be savoured and rolled around the tongue like a vintage wine. Obviously I loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 5/5/2009

    " I had never read a mystery by Richard Montanari before this novel. I thought it was great. A very gripping mystery about a serial killer and lots of action in the hunt for him. It has good elements of character development of both the villain and the police. Enjoyable read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 3/2/2009

    " Not as good as The Rosary Girls or The Skingods but Montanari tells a tale like no other. he captures your attention and drags you in to the story with great ease. A good read nontheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kbakken | 1/27/2009

    " Montanari mentioned the West Memphis Three in his novel, Rosary Girls, so I've read everything he's written since then. Good, solid thriller franchise! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sparhawk | 11/6/2008

    " Another great read by this author. "

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