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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (803 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:
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With the breakneck pacing and intricate plotting of his most recent novel, The Rosary Girls, Richard Montanari established himself as one of the most exciting suspense writers working today. Now he proves himself a virtuoso with The Skin Gods, an explosive new thriller featuring Philadelphia homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano.

It is the steaming heart of summer in the City of Brotherly Love. Back on the force after taking a bullet during the arrest of a sadistic murderer, Detective Kevin Byrne warily returns to police headquarters. He cannot shake the memory of the Rosary Killer’ s innocent victims–or his growing sense that the evil has not been vanquished. And when he and his partner, Detective Jessica Balzano, are called in on a bizarre case, Byrne’s gravest suspicions are confirmed.

A madman, dubbed The Actor by the homicide unit, is meticulously re-creating Hollywood’s most famous–and most gruesome–death scenes. The first murder is caught on film, spliced into a rented VHS edition of the Hitchcock black-and-white masterpiece Psycho. But in place of Janet Leigh is a real-life woman, and this time, the blood is red and the knife is real. Soon, more thrilling classics are turned into terrifying snuff films and placed on video store shelves for an unsuspecting public to find. 

The key to this horrific puzzle could lie with any of The Skin Gods’ supporting cast: the A-list Hollywood director, the ruthless executive assistant, the convicted mass murderer–or perhaps someone else who has made a sinister art of gruesome violence.

Hot on the psychopath’s trail, Balzano and Byrne descend into the mouth of madness and beyond, deep into the depraved underworld of S&M clubs and the porn industry, where the worship of flesh leads to malevolent evil. Before the final credits roll, the investigators will discover that none of The Actor’s victims are as innocent as they appear to be, and that the clue the police need to prevent future murders might be found in Detective Byrne’s own dark past.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rose | 2/20/2014

    " WOW! The second in the Byrne/Balzano series, "The Skin Gods" is a fast-paced, grizzly, nail-biter of a crime novel. I would highly recommend this series, which starts with "The Rosary Girls." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Claire Sadd | 2/16/2014

    " disappointing, starts off quickly drawing you in, seemingly fast paced, very quickly burns out, the first book I have ever given up on "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Daver | 2/11/2014

    " Randomly picked this up off the shelf. It was fine. Nothing shocking. Lol. A bit original and creative, the concept was good. The reviews I read cited the "breakneck pacing" and whatnot. Eh. Whatever. I definitely liked and enjoyed it, but I'm sorry that I didn't feel that it wasn't anything extra special. Definitely a good quick read though, and I heartily recommend it in that sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristy | 2/3/2014

    " The site ate a longish review before I could post so am not going to the effort to repeat. Didn't like THE SKIN GODS as well as Montanari's first Byrne/Balzano book THE ROSARY GIRLS but will stick with the series since I've bought books three and four. He's a good writer but there's an irritating plot device involving killers completing complicated tableaus before murdering victims that I hope does not continue in all the books - just not realistic enough. The strongest point of the series is the relationship between the two lead detectives and that was barely evident in this book until the last fifty pages when they finally worked TOGETHER in a way. Hopefully, the next book MERCILESS will further develop the partnership/relationship between Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. "

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