Plagued with a rare disease that prevents him from recognizing faces, Billy carries a photograph in his pocket that is his only way of identifying his next target. Killing is in Billy's bloodline as a member of Philadelphia's dangerous Farren crime family. While Billy stalks Philadelphia, Detective Kevin Byrne is assigned to a series of bizarre home-invasion cases and is joined by his former partner turned assistant district attorney, Jessica Balzano.
Detectives Byrne and Balzano return to the streets of Philadelphia to put an end to a macabre succession of murdered children. A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. There she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Beside her is a formal invitation to a tea dance in a week's time.
"Page Turning Nail Biting Suspense Beginning 2 End"
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.
On a frigid December night, Karen sits at the edge of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River, dressed in a flowing gown, like a visitor from the distant past. A beautiful and shining young woman, she gazes up at a bone-white winter moon like a fairytale princess. At first glance, one might not even notice that she is dead, coated in a patina of ice. Homicide cops Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano take the lead on the case, uncovering a plethora of eerie clues, each more warped and spine-chilling than the last.
Luther Wade grew up in Cold River, a warehouse for the criminally insane. Two decades ago the hospital closed it doors forever, but Luther never left. He wanders the catacombs beneath the city, channeling the violent dreams of Eduard Kross, Europe's most prolific serial killer of the 20th century. A two-year-old girl is found wandering the streets of Philadelphia in the middle of the night by detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. She does not speak, but she may hold the key to solving a string of murders committed in and around Priory Park.
"Good book-would have been better with Scott Brick"
Philadelphia police detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are working a new beat: the Special Investigations Unit, aka the cold case squad. Ironic, given that it's the height of a blazing hot August. But even these hardened homicide veterans are chilled to the bone as a dormant murder case stirs to life - leading Byrne and Balzano into the dark heart of their city, their souls, and a psyche of pure evil.
"Good with some left dangling"
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.
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.
Sie war nur eine Ausreißerin, doch nun ist sie ein Fall für die Mordkommission. In einer heruntergekommenen Wohnung in den Badlands wird die Leiche eines Mädchens entdeckt...
Destroyed by fire years ago, the infamous Philadelphia State Hospital was known as a warehouse for the criminally insane. But one man never left. By night Luther walks Philadelphia's backstreets, drawing to him the mad, the corrupt, the fallen. By day he roams the catacombs beneath the city, killing his prey. Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are called to a bizarre murder scene: a man has been killed by a railroad spike driven into his head and left sitting on a bench in a local park.
Sommer in Philadelphia. Doch die Ruhe trügt. Kevin Byrne, Detective der Mordkommission, und seine Partnerin Jessica Balzano werden zu einem bizarren Fall hinzugerufen. Eine Frau ist ermordet worden, und ihr Todeskampf wurde von dem Mörder auf Video aufgenommen, hineingeschnitten in die berühmte Badezimmer-Szene aus Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho. Doch diesmal ist das Blut rot und das Messer real ...
Als die erste erwürgte Tote verstümmelt am Flussufer gefunden wird, glauben die Detectives Byrne und Balzano noch an einen Fall von sinnloser Gewalt. Bis es wieder geschieht. Und wieder: Zwei Irre inszenieren blutige Morde und schlachten systematisch die Verdächtigen ab. Eine verzweifelte Jagd beginnt ...
In Philadelphia hat es ein eiskalter Mörder auf junge katholische Mädchen abgesehen. Er lehnt sich bei seinen Tötungsritualen an die Passion Christi an, und jedes der Opfer hält einen Rosenkranz in Händen. Kryptische Zeichen weisen zudem auf den Ort des nächsten Verbrechens hin...
Nothing will ever be the same again.... In the heart of Philadelphia's badlands, homicide detectives Byrne and Balzano are called out to a particularly chilling crime scene. Once the pillar of the neighbourhood, an abandoned church has become a killing room. At first it looks like a random act of violence. But then a second body is found, and a third. Each crime scene more disturbing than the last, each murder more brutal.
It is fall in Philadelphia and the mutilated body of a man is found in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of the city. The victim has been viciously tortured to death. It's the work of a sadistic mind in free fall.When homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano investigate, they soon realise that their crime scene is linked to the past. Eight years ago, another body was found in the same place, in the same position, killed in the same manner.
Am Weihnachtsabend 1988 wird der junge Detective Kevin Byrne in die eisige Nacht gerufen. Zusammen mit Frankie Sheehan, dem Dienstältesten der Truppe, soll er den brutalen Angriff auf eine junge Frau untersuchen. Während der Rest der Stadt das Fest der Liebe begeht, stellen Byrne und sein Partner eines der düstersten und gefährlichsten Viertel der Stadt auf den Kopf, um den Täter schnellstens zu finden - Detective Kevin Byrne in einem seiner ersten Fälle.
Andrea Heller has been married for seven years, but still likes to pretend she's single. She enjoys sitting on her own in bars, and watching what happens. But there's another couple watching too. They call themselves Saila and Pharaoh, but only after sundown. And it is after sundown that some terrible things are happening in the singles clubs in Cleveland. In six months, three women in their twenties have been brutally murdered. And each step that Homicide Detective Jack Paris takes to find their killer draws him closer....
Johnny Angel is found brutally murdered with a dead prostitute in his bed and a needle full of heroin in his arm. It’s all the more shocking because he’s a priest. But when Dr Bennett Marc Crane, a prestigious plastic surgeon, is the next victim of a vicious attack of the same manner, it becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose… And as this homicidal maniac exacts his vengeance upon more innocent victims, evidence of another long-buried crime is uncovered.
The Farren family has been a plague upon Philadelphia's most dangerous neighbourhood, the Devil's Pocket, for generations. There, row after row of tumbledown houses hide dark secrets - none darker than Billy, the youngest Farren. Afflicted by a syndrome that means he can't recognise faces, Billy must use photographs to identify his family - and his victims. And when your life has bled away, he takes a final, gruesome picture for his wall.
Michael Roman is finally living the peaceful life he has so long desired. But his idyllic life in upstate New York is about to come crashing down around him because Michael is a man with a past. Three years ago, when working for the New York District Attorney, Michael's successful life was shattered when he was viciously attacked and left for dead.