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Merciless: A Novel of Suspense


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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 the OLMA-winning author of the internationally acclaimed thrillers The Skin Gods, The Rosary Girls, Kiss of Evil, Deviant Way, and The Violet Hour. Visit the author's website at

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Philadelphia detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano trail another serial killer in Montanari?s undistinguished third novel of suspense (after 2006?s The Skin Gods). Byrne?s chance encounter in a diner with Anton Krotz, a violent thug, ends tragically when a moment of hesitation costs the life of Krotz?s innocent female hostage and the woman?s grieving husband swears revenge. That threat looms over Byrne as a psychotic murderer begins to amass an alarming body count, mutilating his victims in ways that recall Hans Christian Andersen?s classic fairy tales. Predictably, the killer nearly adds the attractive Balzano to his body count before a cliched last-minute rescue. Montanari deserves credit for hiding the solution in plain sight, an achievement marred by the failure to obscure it with plausible red herrings. (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Richard Montanari

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."

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

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