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    • Publication date:09 Apr 2015
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The Doll Maker

By Richard Montanari

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The terrifying new Byrne and Balzano case from the author of The Killing Room and The Stolen Ones.

'You turn the pages as if your very life depends on it' - Daily Mail

Mr Marseille is polite, elegant, and erudite. He would do anything for his genteel true love Anabelle. And he is a psychopath.

A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. And there she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Strangled. Beside her is a formal invite to a tea dance in a week's time.

Seven days later, two more young victims are discovered in a disused house, posed on painted swings. At the scene is an identical invite. This time, though, there is something extra waiting for Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano.

A delicate porcelain doll. It's a message. And a threat.

With Marseille and Anabelle stalking the city, Detectives Byrne and Balzano have just seven days to find the link between the murders before another innocent child is snatched from its streets.

Praise for Richard Montanari

'A relentlessly suspenseful, soul-chilling thriller that hooks you instantly'
Tess Gerritsen

'The author's elegiac tone takes the curse off this blood-drenched thriller . . . Gripping'
New York Times (the 10 best crime novels of 2016)

'A master storyteller'
James Ellroy

'Scary good!'
Lisa Gardner

'Taut, propulsive and darkly gripping, Montanari is a master of suspense'
Chris Ewan

'A specialist in serial killer tales . . . a wonderfully evocative writer'
Publishers Weekly

Amazon readers love Richard Montanari

***** 'One of the best detective stories I have ever read'

***** 'If you haven't read these books yet.... START READING THEM!'

***** 'Great plot and incredible pace. A real page turner'

***** 'I couldn't put it down - utterly absorbing and compelling!!'

***** 'The last 20 pages had me biting my nails and sitting on the edge of my chair!'

***** 'Absolutely brilliant - almost impossible to put down'

***** 'Every once and while I read a classic which I'll NEVER forget.This is a book I'll never forget'

***** 'This is a chillingly good read with a fast-paced storyline full of twists and turns'

***** 'From start to finish, you never want to stop! You have to know what happened!'

***** 'An outstanding tale with as many twists as a game of snakes and ladders'

***** 'One of the best crime/thriller writers'

***** 'Amazing'

***** 'Richard Montanari never lets you down. The ending is always a surprise'

***** 'So easy to pick up, so hard to put down'

Biographical Notes

Richard Montanari was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a traditional Italian-American family. After university, he travelled extensively in Europe and lived in London.

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. He wrote his first book, Deviant Way, in 1996 and it won the OLMA for Best First Mystery. His novel Shutter Man was named a New York Times Crime Novel of the Year for 2016, and his books have now been published in more than twenty-five languages.

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  • ISBN: 9781405515023
  • Publication date: 14 Aug 2014
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Taut, propulsive and darkly gripping, Montanari is a master of suspense and The Doll Maker is a fiendishly haunting thriller. — Chris Ewan, bestselling author of Safe House
This'll give you the shudders . . . Brilliantly gripping. — Peterborough Telegraph
Montanari is fast becoming the master of murder macabre; no phantoms, no vampires, no supernatural forces at work in these thrilling crime novels, just terrifying, complex, compelling psychopaths who knock other fictional killers into a hangman's hat. — Lancashire Evening Post
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