The Rosary Girls

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Balzano and Byrne, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (1,019 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In his sleek, visceral novels Deviant Way, Kiss of Evil, and The Violet Hour, Richard Montanari slammed into the suspense field like a force of nature. Now, Montanari has written an astounding novel that pits two besieged detectives against a fiercely intelligent serial killer.

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 Catholic teenage 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.

Kevin Byrne is a veteran cop who already knows that edge: He’s been living on it far too long. His marriage failing, his former partner wasting away in a hospital, and his heart lost to mad fury, Byrne loves to take risks and is breaking every rule in the book. And now, he has been given a rookie partner. Jessica Balzano, the daughter of a famous Philly cop, doesn’t want Byrne’s help. But they will need each other desperately, since they’ve just caught the case of a lifetime: Someone is killing devout young women, bolting their hands together in prayer, and committing an abomination upon their otherwise perfect bodies.

Byrne and Balzano spearhead the hunt for the serial killer, who leads them on a methodically planned journey. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams - and vanish just as quickly. And while Byrne’s sins begin to catch up with him and Balzano tries to solve the blood-splattered puzzle, the body count rises. Meanwhile, the calendar is approaching Easter and the day of the resurrection. When the last rosary is counted, a madman’s methods will be revealed, and the final crime will be the one that hurts the most.

Relentlessly paced and vividly told, The Rosary Girls is a smart, emotionally complex, fiercely gripping thriller from an author who takes chances, breaks new ground, and leaves listeners haunted and moved long after the last moment.

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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-20

Annoying narrator

I've read Richard Montanari books before and loved them, being gripped from start to finish. This Audible was hard to follow and the most un gripping book I've ever read/listend to. Disappointed!!

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  • Timekeeper
  • 12-12-18

Certainly not the best...

As a prolific reader of US crime fiction I often find myself irritated by the errors made by some American authors when describing UK locations, buildings, customs etc. Mr Montanari certainly falls into that category by his repeated reference to Berwick-on-Tweed being in the Lake District. That, along with his tendency to over-explain his characters and their backgrounds, detracts from what would otherwise have been a decent storyline. Sadly, too, on this occasion the usually excellent Scott Brick was not up to the mark ... perhaps he, too, was not convinced by what he was required to narrate. Not an author I would read again, I’m afraid.

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  • Ms Alison B Gilchrist
  • 07-08-18

Must read

Great writing and suspense from Richard Montanari. Will definitely be listening to the other books in this series.

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  • John
  • 07-24-11

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