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Shutter Man

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Balzano and Byrne, Book 9
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (240 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Billy is an excellent killer: strategic, methodical, ritualistic. If only he knew what his victims looked like.

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. Their investigations circle Byrne's childhood neighborhood of Devil's Pocket, and they find themselves revisiting a crime from Byrne's past that has haunted him for decades. What Byrne witnessed as a child in Devil's Pocket jeopardizes the Farren family - which makes him the next target on Billy's hit list.

A multigenerational story of hardship, guilt, and redemption, Shutter Man is Byrne and Balzano's most tense and personal case to date.

©2016 Richard Montanari (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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Great Series

This was very good especially with Scott Brick narrating. This is not the best storyline in the series, but Mr. Montanari never disappoints.

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Difficult to get engaged, but satisfying ending.

I suspect this is less an issue with the print version, but between skipping from character to character and back and forth in time, I felt frustrated for at least the first third of the book and stopped listening several times. I enjoy Scott Brick's narration. I have also found the author's previous books to be satisfying, so I kept at it. Not one you want to listen to when your attention is divided.

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It took awhile for this one to catch on.

One of the most engaging part of this series is the interaction of Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. In this one they are not longer partners. But they were teamed up later. So the first bit of this book plods along and one almost lost interest.

This story covered a lot of history in an Irish clan filled with criminals. Not organized but with a strong patriarch and matriarch at its head. It is really sad that a family will go bad and stay bad bringing succeeding generations down into the mire. The succeeding generations are not victims for everyone has free will.

Scott Brick did a marvelous job. He makes it easy for one to get through the plodding bits in order to enjoy the better bits. One more book in this series, The Stolen Ones, which is yet to be listened. One is hoping Scott Brick will be tasked with recording this one.

Richard Montanari. Do you have anymore of these stories in the works?

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Very surprising!

not what I expected. The first few chapters are a little confusing but it just gets better and better . One of the few books I have read that completely surprised me. Well worth reading.

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Scott Brick

Another perfect performance. Scott makes every story so much more " listenable ". Enjoyed the book immensely.

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Another great story in the series

I've read and listened to a few books in the series and love every one. I particularly love listening to Scott Brick narrate. He brings the stories to life. I'm seriously considering him to read my book. Can't wait to see what ride Montanari will take on next.

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Compelling Characters

Richard Montanari has brought to life the characters we've come to love with the help of a flawless performance by narrator Scott Brick. The story, however falls a bit flat, thus 4 stars. The story is dark and fails to have an engaging plot line. The story flashes back in time and seems to have very little to do with what is going on in the present. This book is well worth a listen, but not the author's best of the series .

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It's okay.

Shutter Man is an okay book, but I won't buy the matching hardcover or paperback this time.

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  • JIMENA
  • LAKEWOOD, CA, United States
  • 03-31-16

Slow, convoluted, a bit long

A bit disappointed as compared to previous book. This is convoluted, does not flow in the reader's mind easily. Twists in the plot feel almost forced. It took me long to finish and I almost abandoned it several times.

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Another great delivery in the saga

I think I've read 4 of the Byrne - Balzano saga. This one is a great one as well. Characters are great, superb narration (typical of Mr. Brick), story is tense. A great purchase.