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THE ECHO MAN by Richard Montanari
Review by Tess Gerritsen

It's a sight that shocks even the veteran investigators of the Philadelphia Police Department. The man's body has been shaved completely clean. A laceration slices across his forehead, and over one eye, drilled into the skull, is puncture wound. Homicide detectives Jessie Balzano and Kevin Byrne soon discover that this victim had more than a passing acquaintance with murder: he was the prime suspect in a slaying years before, and he now lies in the very spot where his victim's body was found.

Soon other bodies turn up, all of them suspected murderers, left in the very places where their victims had fallen. All of them are shaved, their foreheads sliced, their skulls punctured. Is a brutal vigilante at work, meting out punishment which the justice system was unable to deliver?

For Balzano and Byrne, the case takes an even more bizarre twist when they realize these killings are inextricably linked to musical themes, and to one musician in particular: the insane and beautiful cellist Christa-Marie, who years earlier was found calmly playing her cello as her butchered victim bled to death. Locked in Christa-Marie's mind is the secret behind why these new murders are happening, a secret that only Kevin Byrne can tap into. But Byrne has secrets of his own, and those secrets just might jeopardize his life — and Balzano's.

This tale had me gripped by the throat, unwilling to do anything but anxiously turn the pages. Richard Montanari's writing is both terrifying and lyrical, a killer combination that makes him a true stand-out in the crowded thriller market. THE ECHO MAN showcases a master storyteller at his very best.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    A little lengthy

    The book, Echo Man, is over 1100 pages in length - something that I found to be about five hundred pages too long. A lot could have been cut out or done with more brevity. Long books work only if the topic continues to evolve with excitement and character. This book seemed to drag on to me.

    The good thing about the book is the attention to detail. Mr. Montanari takes pages to describe simple things in extreme detail leaving little room for the imagination. He did manage to keep the identity of the killer a secret till close to the end - usually I have it figured out by the middle of a book but this time it took longer which is a sign of experienced weaving.

    The book is about a duo of detectives who are trying to solve a rash of killers where the victim's head is wrapped in paper and a small tattoo is place on their finger. The killer is making a statement, creating a symphony to be revealed towards the end of the book. It comes to a head on Halloween.

    I was given an advance copy of this book from Netgallery in return for writing a review. The review does not have to be a good one but needs to be based on the entire book. There were definitely parts to the book that I enjoyed - investigating the crime scenes was one of them.

    I would give this book a B- due mostly to the excessive length and it's snails pace. If you want to settle in with a book - say during a three day snow storm - I would recommend this one.

    21 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    Excellent

    The story kept me on the edge of my seat. It was very well written with very good suspense

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Not his best

    Love the series, hope they continue. This, however, was too
    confusing, could have been told in 100 less pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Not that good.

    WEIRD !!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Totally recommended

    Characters were realistic to me. Much of the zeitgeist comments were so similar to what I say I felt comfortable reading them. The story has enough twists and turns to keep me interested.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Great read!

    A good book, it held my interest throughout.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Highly recommended

    It was hard to put the book down. Suspense to the end.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Slow reading but good.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Loved it!

    After reading the Echo Man I learned that it is the 5th in a series involving the 2 detectives Kevin Byrne & Jessica Ballzano. I went back and read the 1st two and i'm reading the third now. If you like serial murder mysteries these books wont disappoint. I can usually figure out 'who-dunnit' but these books keep you guessing until the end.

    the 1st 4 books are sold in a set on nook, good value.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

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    Fifth in a series - not the best one

    The Echo Man is the 5th book in Richard Montanari's series featuring Detectives Balzano and Byrne.

    Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne face one of their most baffling cases to date. A body is found - completely shaved, with the head wrapped in paper and sealing wax and a temporary tattoo on one finger. As the detectives delve further, they realize that the spot where the body was found is the scene of an unsolved cold case from eight years ago. The placement of the body is identical. And then - it happens again. Who has knowledge of these past crimes and what is the link?

    The common link seems to be music. And Kevin Byrne. One of his first cases was that of a gifted musician. It seemed open and shut at the time....

    " When the woman opened her eyes, Byrne felt something flicker in his chest. In his time on the streets of Philadelphia he had met all types of people, from soulless drug dealers, to smash-and-grab artists, to hopped-up joyriding kids. But never before had he encountered anyone so detached from the crime they had just committed. In her light-brown eyes Byrne saw demons caper from shadow to shadow. 'My name is Detective Kevin Byrne', he said. It's going to be all right'. It was November 1, 1990. Nothing has been right since."

    But Kevin Byrne has demons of his own to battle. Nearly killed in a past case, he has been subject to blinding headaches, black outs and visions.

    I enjoy the character of Jessica Balzano very much. The secondary storyline featuring her home life and family provides a continuing thread I have enjoyed following. I'm never sure what I think of Kevin Byrne. He's highly intelligent, quite determined, but doesn't always include his partner on his actions. I'm not sure if Montanari is aiming to be different with the vision thing, but I feel it sometimes interferes in what would be a solid detective series without adding it to the mix.

    The plot of The Echo Man is quite ingenious and highly original. Reader beware - some of the descriptons are quite graphic. Lots of red herrings will keep you guessing until the end.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    hear the echo...

    I always finish crime novels faster than any other genre and I think the main reason is that, aside from being fast-paced and straightforward, the dialogues in this type of prose are so raw, so natural, so real that it feels like I am watching each scene unfold in a visual montage right before my very eyes. Mainstream crime novels do not have the literary embellishments that other more serious literatures have-and God forbid they ever do!-making it easier to get into the fold of each page, and stay tangled there for the rest of the ride without once having to pause to marvel at a flowery prose or ponder over a conundrum of words. In crime novels, what you read, is definitely what you get.

    The Echo Man builds upon a mystery that seems to have taken root on the night of November 1, 1990 when a cello genius, Christa-Marie Schönburg is arrested by a younger Kevin Byrne for the murder of her psychiatrist, Dr. Gabriel Thorne. Twenty years later, on Halloween week, bodies of un-convicted murderers and their known accomplices begin turning up on the streets and graveyards of Philly, launching an investigation into their past crimes in a quest to determine a connection that could thus lead to the killer. On top of all these, Kevin has his own personal battles to deal with along with the return of a character from his past, offering him her help in capturing the killer. They've only got until the end of Halloween to catch a sociopathic criminal who hides in the shadows of another personality, and every man is a potential suspect.

    While the theme behind the murders was smart and interesting and the structure of the novel engrossing enough to warrant a few "ahs" and "ohs", the reason behind it all is kind of hard to digest. I cannot divulge my thoughts for fear of spoiling the story, but all I can say is this: the killer is one hell of a twisted, sociopathic character I hope to never meet or I swear to God I will bludgeon him to death for being so... petty. Although, I really kind of liked reading through his thoughts about death and music which occasionally fill whole chapters of the book.

    The characters in this novel-although not exactly well-rounded per se-are well-built enough to sympathize and relate with. Even the minor players are given enough adjectives and personalities to give them form. I was sucked into the story right from the get-go and it kept me reading until my eyes almost bled. It kept me at a distance which was not too close that I spoil the story for myself, nor too far off that I lose interest in it.

    What did tick me off about this novel were the events that happened half an hour before midnight. There was nothing wrong with the scenes-I actually thought they were a bit haunting for a while-but I just find it hard to believe that everything that happened actually happened in a span of less than 30 minutes. Or were they transported into some dimension where time conveniently stops? I cannot say that the unfurling of the mystery was astounding, just that it was a bit satisfying. I did not exactly feel the tension from the revelation because it was totally blindsiding and lacked, perhaps, a few supporting backstories to build on something akin to a much deeper emotional appeal. Instead of thinking, "Oh my, so he's the killer!", I was more like, "Oh, he's the killer. So what?"

    But then, the case has been solved, so it's all good. After all, tying loose ends is what endings are all about, right?

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