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The Rosary Girls | [Richard Montanari]

The Rosary Girls

A devious serial killer lays siege to the city of Philadelphia, brutally sacrificing pretty young Catholic girls on the altar of insanity. As the body count rises, an exceptional investigating partnership struggles to stop him. Detective Jessica Balzano, Philly's Homicide Unit's newest rookie, is teamed up with veteran cop Kevin Byrne, respected for his solve rate and known for his unorthodox methods.
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Publisher's Summary

A devious serial killer lays siege to the city of Philadelphia, brutally sacrificing pretty young Catholic girls on the altar of insanity. As the body count rises, an exceptional investigating partnership struggles to stop him. Detective Jessica Balzano, Philly's Homicide Unit's newest rookie, is teamed up with veteran cop Kevin Byrne, respected for his solve rate and known for his unorthodox methods. The pair, willing to do anything it takes to stop the bloody rampage, leads a chase for a twisted, demonical killer fueled by a sacrilegious fury.

©2005 Richard Montanari; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Rosary Girls is a well-written, fast-moving thriller with twists and turns galore that will keep you guessing until the end." (Phillip Margolin)
"A relentlessly suspenseful, soul-chilling thriller that hooks you instantly." (Tess Gerritsen)

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    Edward Vineland, NJ, USA 01-18-06
    Edward Vineland, NJ, USA 01-18-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Listen!"

    Always enjoy Scott Brick, my favorite reader. This is my first book by this author and I certainly plan on reading more. Excellent book,
    nice twists and turns. Great character development. Highly recommend!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Gordon New York, NY 07-13-05
    James Gordon New York, NY 07-13-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Spellbinding!"

    This is perhaps my favorite audiobook so far. It has a complex plot, likeable characters, and offers great insight into the mind of a serial killer. The last two hours are unequaled in suspense. It's been a long time since I've been frightened by a book; this one does the job in aces. Also, once again, Scott Brick rules! It's as if he is living the book as he reads it. The Rosary Girls couldn't be better.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Marietta, NY, USA 03-24-05
    Cathy Marietta, NY, USA 03-24-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Enjoyable listen"

    I liked the plot and characters of this book. Had some real excitement and unique "murders". Only had two small annoyances, the reader had such a gravelly voice that took some getting used to but never really felt right and the author threw in some "copspeak" lingo that wasn't familiar and felt ostentatious and was unnecessary. Would recommend this to anyone.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    R.E. Vazquez Glen Allen, VA USA 12-15-07
    R.E. Vazquez Glen Allen, VA USA 12-15-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Not realistic or believable"

    I was terribly dissapointed by this "cliche"ridden book. In an effort to build suspense, the author over-uses red herrings to the point that he creates characters just to be a red herring, then they dissapear. Coincidences abound. Seems like everybody in the book drives the same car as the killer, several people meet not just some, but all of the characteristics of the killer. To top it all, if the police need to be late to the scene to build suspense, traffic jams magically appear. The killer abducts girls in broad daylight, in busy areas, and nobody ever sees him. There is even a "dark and stormy night". The police are so inept that I found myself wanting to yell: "Don't lay down your weapon before you go into the dark basement'you idiot!" Not believable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Palmetto, FL, United States 04-04-05
    Nancy Palmetto, FL, United States 04-04-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Good mystery"

    The law enforcement officers seemed realistic and the plot was original.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cathleen upper darby, PA, United States 05-14-05
    Cathleen upper darby, PA, United States 05-14-05 Member Since 2002
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    "A great mystery!"

    I found this book, because I listen to all books read by Scott Brick. Well, having been born and bred in a small suburb outside of Phila....what a treat this book was! For me, the city of Phila became a character in this book and I loved that I could actually visualize the settings, because for the most part, I had actually been there at one time or another. But fear not, even if you are not a Philly native, this story's great, and Scott Brick as always is AMAZING! I found the story so intriguing, I went out and bought the hardcover for my husband who could not put it down.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Huntington Beach, CA, United States 02-18-11
    Rose Huntington Beach, CA, United States 02-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Really, really, Good!"

    Just finished this audio.... my first Richard Montanari book... and it will not be my last! I was ready to give this a 3 star rating, as just an average thriller.... thought I had the case solved within the 1st quarter or so of the story... then Blam! Huge twist I didn't see coming. Nicely done. Very solid character, plot, and setting development. Of course, Scott Brick did an excellent job with the narration. I am going to see what else Montanari has to offer right now:) Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 08-21-08
    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 08-21-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Am I listening to the smae book?"

    This book seems to me to be a writer pretending that he is an author. Did all of his friends write reviews? It is an overly inflated plot with sinister dum-de-dum-dees. I generally like Scott Brick, but even he couldn't entertain me with his pious reading of evil intentions. The police, newspaper guys, lab people are all seedy and less than admirable. Not good at all! Everyone has different tastes, but what are they thinking in giving so many stars?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Calgary, AB, Canada 03-17-08
    Dana Calgary, AB, Canada 03-17-08
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    "Melodramatic and unbelievable"

    I read most of the positive reviews before buying this audiobook and unfortunately, I would have to agree with the one negative review I saw. Not only is it riddled with cliches, I found the prose overly dramatic and wordy. At times throughout listening I experienced deja vous - the author borrows ideas from stronger writers and changes them just enough to hide them from the casual reader. I wonder if he's a big fan of Thomas Harris.

    I actually rolled my eyes and groaned out loud at one point near the end. Still, I have to admit I did finish the book (can not say that about all of my purchases on this site), if only to enjoy the rollercoaster of prose. (see? His melodramatic way of writing is rubbing off)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monica signal mountain, TN, United States 12-01-07
    Monica signal mountain, TN, United States 12-01-07 Member Since 2007
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    "rosary girls"

    Great thriller. Good author. Keeps you listening. The reader, is the best - Scott Brick

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • John
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    7/24/11
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    I have my favourite crime authors (Lehane, Coben, Crais, Connelly) but had exhausted all their books and was desperate to find a new author to enjoy. Step forward, Richard Montanari!

    I actually listened to the third book in the series before listening to this, the first in the series. Like his other books, this moves along at a cracking pace with a couple of nice sub-plots and chock-ful of likely suspects. Never yet guessed the perp before the denouement, though. Always the sign of a good author!

    And the two main characters are very well-rounded and their personalities develop with each book

    If I have any criticism, it is that all his villains are always devilishly clever which gets a little formulaic after you've read several books.

    However, that apart, I strongly recommend this book to all fans of Amercian crime fiction. His latest is already on my wishlist

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