By Richard Montanari
The latest terrifying novel by the master of the psychopath thriller
Your face is a blur to him. But your body still bleeds.
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.
But what is the meaning of the horrific ritual Billy enacts with every murder? And is there any connection to a childhood event Detective Kevin Byrne has buried so well it's hidden even from his former partner Jessica Balzano?
Richard Montanari was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a traditional Italian-American family. After university, he travelled Europe extensively and lived in London, selling clothing in Chelsea and foreign language encyclopedias door-to-door in Hampstead.
Returning to the US, he started working as a freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, the Seattle Times, and many others. His novels have now been published in more than twenty-five languages.
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13 Aug 2015
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Richard Montanari's elegiac tone takes the curse off Shutter Man, a blood-drenched thriller about a group of imperfectly domesticated boys who came from the same blighted neighborhood and grew up to become criminals and killers - and cops . . . Gripping — New York Times
The plot twists and narrative conjuring tricks continued to the penultimate page . . . extra icing on what was already a very enjoyable and well-made cake — Crime Fiction Lover
Exceptional . . . an engrossing story — Publishers Weekly
Truly terrifying — Woman's Way
A cracking good read — Promoting Crime Fiction
Exceptional — Publishers Weekly
Cannot be faulted as a police procedural — Crime Fiction Lover
A chilling expose . . . skillfully woven with a couple of surprising twists at the end — CrimeWarp
Montanari creates rich, interesting characters, but he spills buckets of blood and brutally murders everyone who crosses his killer's path — Kirkus
The writing is almost poetic in places - but still readable and entertaining, as it should be in a crime novel. Eerie, satisfying and complex, this is one mystery definitely worth reading. — Doves Falling
A cracking good read! — Promoting Crime Fiction