Deviant Way

Deviant Way

by Richard Montanari
     
 

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Something has come over Andrea Heller. After seven years of marriage to her voyeur husband, Matt, it seems she has a few ideas of her own. Like calling herself Abigail. And dressing a little sexier. And sitting on the other side of the bar, pretending to be single. And watching what happens... But there's another couple watching, too. They call themselves Saila and… See more details below

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Something has come over Andrea Heller. After seven years of marriage to her voyeur husband, Matt, it seems she has a few ideas of her own. Like calling herself Abigail. And dressing a little sexier. And sitting on the other side of the bar, pretending to be single. And watching what happens... But there's another couple watching, too. They call themselves Saila and Pharaoh, but only after sundown. And it is after sundown that some terrible things are happening in the singles clubs in Cleveland. In six months, three women in their twenties have been found brutally murdered - their flower tattoos so unceremoniously removed. And each step that homicide detective Jack Paris takes to bring the madness to an end takes him closer to the heart of his own forbidden impulses, and nearer the understanding that no one - not the man standing next to him at the precinct, nor the woman in his bed - is who he or she appears to be. When Paris ultimately discovers the terrifying secrets of The Swing Set, and the stakes become personal, he comes to know one certainty: to enter the minds of Saila and Pharaoh is to enter a world from which no one ever fully returns.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his first novel, Montanari gives the serial-killer theme an original spin but fails to follow it through. A team of one man (``Pharoah'') and one woman (``Saila'') is working the yuppie bars of Cleveland, ensnaring female victims with whom they have kinky sex before mutilating them. Disheveled cop Jack Paris uncovers two clues that tie their three victims together: all had a rose tattoo removed with a razor, as well as gaudy facial makeup applied after they were murdered. The suspense mounts as Jack's investigations draw suspicion down on the novel's lively supporting cast: his drop-dead beautiful partner Cynthia Taggart; spunky barmaid Rita Weisinger; sex-crazed thrill-seekers Andrea and Matt Heller; public prosecutor Diana Bennett; and Nick Raposo, the vengeful father of a dead cop. But as Jack zeroes in on the true identities of the killers, Pharoah and Saila abruptly shift gears and turn to menacing him and his family. The narrative may feature plenty of explicit sex and violence, but the motives for the killers' murder rituals remain inadequately explained, as do the psychodynamics of their relationship, making this more an exercise in sensationalism than in sound storytelling. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684803579
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
07/01/1995
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.01(d)

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Phillip Margolin
A fast, exciting read with enough red herrings to keep you guessing. Strong writing and interesting characters keep the plot moving at a breakneck pace.

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