Balzano and Byrne

13 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 5,288 ratings

The Rosary Girls 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.
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  • Book 1

    • The Rosary Girls

    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 928
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 659
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 655

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Read

    • By Paw Paw T on 03-06-05

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 2

    • The Skin Gods

    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 476
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 319
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 318

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Editing please?

    • By MrsPeele on 06-17-15

    Regular price: $37.27

  • Book 3

    • Merciless

    • A Novel of Suspense
    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 480
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 326
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book

    • By Penni on 10-15-07

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 4

    • Badlands

    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 259

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good with some left dangling

    • By Lupo on 05-07-09

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 5

    • The Echo Man

    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: $25.68

    • The Echo Man

    • A Novel of Suspense
    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    Fall in Philadelphia. A man's corpse is found in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods. It's unmistakably the work of a killer. But to homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano, it feels familiar. Eight years ago another body was found in the same place, in the same position...killed in the same manner. Even the crime-scene photos are identical. That case was never closed. And now more copycat murders are happening. Someone is recreating the city's most infamous unsolved killings, victim by victim - with more clues for Byrne and Balzano to unravel.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the missing...

    • By shelley on 10-19-17

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 6

    • The Killing Room

    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    Regular price: $22.71

    • The Killing Room

    • A Balzano & Byrne Novel
    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    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 neighborhood, 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. And it soon becomes horrifyingly clear that a cold, calculating, and terrifyingly precise mind is at work.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Byrne and Balzano book #6 - Finally!!

    • By shelley on 11-02-17

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 7

    • The Stolen Ones

    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 258
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 231
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 230

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book-would have been better with Scott Brick

    • By shelley on 05-19-14

    Regular price: $29.65

    • The Stolen Ones

    • A Byrne and Balzano Novel, Book 7
    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 8

    • The Doll Maker

    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,347
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,160

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Page Turning Nail Biting Suspense Beginning 2 End

    • By shelley on 04-30-15

    Regular price: $29.65

  • Book 9

    • Shutter Man

    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 208

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Series

    • By J.C. on 02-12-16

    Regular price: $29.65

    • Shutter Man

    • By: Richard Montanari
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    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.

    Regular price: $23.86