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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,609 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Montanari Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kevin Byrne / Jessica Balzano Series Release Date: February 2005 ISBN: 9780739317884
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In his sleek, visceral novels Deviant WayKiss of Evil, and The Violet Hour, Richard Montanari slammed into the suspense field like a force of nature. Now Montanari has written an astounding novel that pits two besieged detectives against a fiercely intelligent serial killer.

Sprawling beneath the statue of William Penn, Philadelphia is a city of downtrodden crack houses and upscale brownstones. Somewhere in this concrete crazy quilt, one teenage Catholic girl is writing in her diary, another is pouring her heart out to a friend, and yet another is praying. And somewhere in this city is a man who wants these young women to make his macabre fantasy become reality. In a passion play of his own, he will take the girls–and a whole city–over the edge.

Kevin Byrne is a veteran cop who already knows that edge: He’s been living on it far too long. His marriage failing, his former partner wasting away in a hospital, and his heart lost to mad fury, Byrne loves to take risks and is breaking every rule in the book. And now he has been given a rookie partner. Jessica Balzano, the daughter of a famous Philly cop, doesn’t want Byrne’s help. But they will need each other desperately, since they’ve just caught the case of a lifetime: Someone is killing devout young women, bolting their hands together in prayer, and committing an abomination upon their otherwise perfect bodies.

Byrne and Balzano spearhead the hunt for the serial killer, who leads them on a methodically planned journey. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams–and vanish just as quickly. And while Byrne’s sins begin to catch up with him, and Balzano tries to solve the blood-splattered puzzle, the body count rises. Meanwhile, the calendar is approaching Easter and the day of the resurrection. When the last rosary is counted, a madman’s methods will be revealed, and the final crime will be the one that hurts the most.

Relentlessly paced and vividly told, The Rosary Girls is a smart, emotionally complex, fiercely gripping thriller from an author who takes chances, breaks new ground, and leaves readers haunted and moved long after the last page is turned.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thasc | 2/6/2014

    " A gripping story, very well paced. There were quite a few different suspects who the killer could have been. I wasn't expecting it to be who it turned out to be nor was I expecting what happened to him at the end of the book. I can recommend this book, it's a cracking read. I shall definitely be reading more of Mr Montanari's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 2/4/2014

    " Very enjoyable! Good plot, moved along nicely! My only criticism would be that the ending was a little predictable, but, after saying that, I was still surprised at who the villain turned out to be. Will definitely be reading more of this Richard Montanari:) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Irene | 2/3/2014

    " Audio -- just bad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charissa | 1/31/2014

    " I don't usually like crime stories, but this one was really enjoyable. Not as slow as some other thrillers/crime stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mischelle | 1/18/2014

    " Great book. This book got me hooked on this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 1/15/2014

    " Great book; another author whose whole bibliography I plan to enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 1/8/2014

    " This book surprised me totally! For a rare change I had no idea who the killer was at the end of penultimate chapter. I liked the partnership between Jessica and Kevin. I must read the second book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/6/2014

    " Very good read. Could not put this book down. Read it in a couple of days. Will look for other titles by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Myke Reiser | 12/29/2013

    " Spectacularly gory but ineptly delivered mystery novel. Imagine if Saw were a book. That either got your motor running or turned you off. So check it out or not. Depends on your taste. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kris | 12/5/2013

    " Too many attempts at flowery writing to keep my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 12/3/2013

    " Good Book. First I have read by this author - enjoyed - thank goodness description of crimes were not overly graphic. I don't care for that and feel it is not necessary. Feel the same way about sex actually lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 9/19/2013

    " A real who-dunit. Suspects are woven in and out as the plot unravels. Being a Catholic would help unlock the mystery behind the villian's mode. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 6/25/2013

    " Killer thriller. Most enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 4/1/2013

    " Fantastic read, look forward to next in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ~sheila~ | 7/1/2012

    " A bit gruesome at the beginning, but once you get past that it keeps you wanting more. I loved the fact that I couldn't figure it out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 2/23/2012

    " First in a series of books with religious undertones that will hook you into reading them. Serial killer stuff, but no the killers are not involved in the church. Really keeps you guessing theme. Great series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pedro | 1/19/2012

    " i liked lot this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mojca | 10/13/2011

    " I wasn't convinced. Too many "outer stimuli" in the form of side-stories of characters' woes and the rather redundant glimpses into the killer's mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cl | 9/29/2011

    " I found this author by accident on a reccommendation "you have read you will like" email tip & I have to say I then looked for his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Doyle | 5/1/2011

    " Good for its genre. I liked it more because it was set in Philly and I was familiar with the setting I think. It was a little twisty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine1970 | 2/17/2011

    " Good thriller enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 9/5/2010

    " Very good read. Could not put this book down. Read it in a couple of days. Will look for other titles by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 nurmawati | 8/17/2010

    " gak ketebak siapa pembunuhnya....
    tapi ceritanya berat..lebih cocok buat dipilemin aja>>> "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Soteria | 8/17/2010

    " pembunuhan berantai berbau agama...
    sadis dan menyeramkan..
    tapi layak untuk dibaca...
    gw suka ceritanya... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberley | 7/11/2010

    " amazing amazing book, slight let down at the ending for me though :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 4/14/2010

    " Had me hooked to the end, and then there were surprises which I did not expect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 3/21/2010

    " A gruesome thriller with lots of strong characters. Twists and turns right to the end. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 2/9/2010

    " Loved it, one of the best new (new to me) authors and stories I have read in a long time, the last 75 pages are to be read together there is no way to put that book down at that point, it is a rollercoaster ride to the finish. Can't wait to get my hands on the next book of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/7/2009

    " Who doesn't love a story where the main charecter attended a fictionalized version of your high school and the climax takes place on the steps of a church down the street you know all too well... Okay, maybe I'm a little biased but the book was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 10/30/2009

    " A real who-dunit. Suspects are woven in and out as the plot unravels. Being a Catholic would help unlock the mystery behind the villian's mode. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 8/11/2009

    " book on tape during vacation.
    not in car too much. its not the same as when i'm commuting to school.
    very creeping bad guy. "a novel of suspense." but I finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 6/27/2009

    " I love crime stories and this one is definetly one of my favourites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 5/26/2009

    " This was my "bathroom" book so i was only reading it in fits and starts which is probably why I didnt really get into it very well. Not a bad ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 4/9/2009

    " sangat keren. ga nyangka pelaku sebenernya adalah andrew. kirain pertamanya vincent..hehehehehe..sumpah keren . ! "

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About the Author

Richard Montanari is a novelist, screenwriter, and essayist. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and scores of other national and regional publications. He is an award-winning author of several internationally acclaimed thrillers, including Merciless, The Skin Gods, The Rosary Girls, Kiss of Evil, Deviant Way, and The Violet Hour.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned an Audie Award and four Audie nominations, including for Best Solo Male Narrator of 2003. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” He has earned nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, including the 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense as well as the 2009 Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.