The Stolen Ones (Kevin Byrne & Jessica Balzano Series #7)

The Stolen Ones (Kevin Byrne & Jessica Balzano Series #7)

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by Richard Montanari
     
 

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In Richard Montanari's chilling new suspense novel, a sealed-off network of secret passages connects all of Philadelphia to the killer hidden within.

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

Overview

In Richard Montanari's chilling new suspense novel, a sealed-off network of secret passages connects all of Philadelphia to the killer hidden within.

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.
As the detectives investigate, more bodies are found at Priory Park, and they're drawn closer and closer to the doors of Luther's devious maze and the dark secrets of Cold River.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/01/2014
The seventh entry in the Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne crime series has the Philadelphia detectives scrambling to find a connection in a chain of gruesome murders. When the investigation leads the detectives to Cold River, a once thriving hospital for the criminally insane destroyed by a fire years ago and now abandoned, we soon learn that Luther, a former patient, prowls the catacombs beneath the streets of the city. This is where the quintessential estranged serial killer novel culminates; Montanari then introduces an innovative concept to the story line, exploring the origins of mental illness. The story introduces the history of the hospital's Dr. Kirsch, who conducted novel yet dubious experiments on the patients, including the implantation of serial killer Eduard Olev Cross's memories. VERDICT Plot-driven and compelling with hints of horror and parapsychology, this thriller is less of a whodunit and more of an exploration of character and motive. Readers needn't have read the first six novels in the series to appreciate this one; adventurous crime fiction and thriller readers and fans of Keith Ablow, John Katzenbach, and Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter novels should enjoy.—Carolann Curry, Mercer Univ. Lib., Macon, GA
Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
In Montanari’s gripping seventh Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano mystery (after 2012’s The Killing Room), the two Philadelphia detectives investigate the murder of Robert Freitag, whose past links him to the city’s now-closed psychiatric hospital, Cold River, and to the asylum’s most infamous figure, Dr. Godehard Kirsch. In Kirsch’s macabre experiments with dream therapy, patients were implanted with the memories of an Estonian serial killer, Eduard Olev Kross, leading Balzano and Bryne to suspect that one of Kirsch’s patients is now recreating Kross’s murders. Meanwhile, Rachel Anne Gray, an ambitious real-estate agent, searches the catacombs of the city for her younger sister, who she believes was kidnapped by a “raggedy man” dozens of years ago. The atmosphere slides from the thrilling to the gothic in the final chapters, as Cold River offers up the last of its secrets. The abuses of the psychiatric care system that Montanari exposes are as chilling as the novel’s violent crimes. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR RICHARD MONTANARI:"

Full of surprises and dark shadows" —Booklist"

Plot-driven and compelling with hints of horror and parapsychology, this thriller is less of a whodunit and more of an exploration of character and motive. . . . Adventurous crime fiction and thriller readers and fans [of] Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter novels should enjoy." —Library Journal"

Richard Montanari's writing is both terrifying and lyrical, a killer combination that makes him a true stand-out in the crowded thriller market. A master storyteller at his very best." —Tess Gerritsen"

A master storyteller. Be prepared to stay up all night." —James Ellroy"

Montanari weaves a mesmerizing tale." —Lisa Gardner

James Ellroy
"A master storyteller. Be prepared to stay up all night."
Tess Gerritsen
"Richard Montanari's writing is both terrifying and lyrical, a killer combination that makes him a true stand-out in the crowded thriller market. A master storyteller at his very best."
Nelson Demille
"Psychologically dark, strangely erotic and definitely hard to put down. A winner."
Thomas H. Cook
"A writer whose prose can capture quite extraordinary subtleties....one of the best in the business".
Kinky Friedman
"Richard Montanari's vivid portrayal of a serial killing bad-dream team is sick, kinky, realistic, scary as hell and absolutely great."
Blackpool Gazette (UK)

"Gripping, gothic horror . . . Few contemporary crime writers can deliver psycho thrillers with such power, panache and pitch perfect pacing. . . .If you haven't yet latched on to Richard Montanari¹s fast-paced,atmospheric crime thrillers then get ready to be bowled over . . . and seriously scared."
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-17
Montanari's latest thriller (The Echo Man, 2011, etc.) reunites Philadelphia detectives Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne in the hunt for an elusive killer. Prior to his death, Detective John Garcia worked a strange and horrific murder case involving a nondescript businessman found dead in a Philadelphia park with a stake driven into the back of his head. But Garcia, suffering from an undetected brain tumor, did little to solve the case, so it sat dormant until Balzano and Byrne draw it from the cold case files. Soon, there's another murder that's tied into the first one, and it's every bit as terrible and mystifying. The investigating team unearths clues that make no sense: Old photos of elderly people shown nude and performing bizarre sex acts, a box of cash, a raggedy looking man who shows up at odd moments and a very old abduction that has haunted a retired police detective for many years. While Balzano struggles to balance law school with motherhood and her job, her partner, Byrne, deals with his daughter going off to college and becoming an independent young woman, despite her deafness; but the case wreaks havoc with their private lives as it grows more and more complex. And that complexity forms the crux of the problem with this novel. Flashing back and forth between times, places, and points of view and including one massive coincidence, Montanari piles on the details, but many of them are so convoluted that they serve only to confuse readers as they also progress the storyline. In the end, when most readers will expect the case to be wrapped up, almost as many questions as answers remain, leading readers to conclude that the Philadelphia Police Department, though capable of deploying dozens of officers and two supposedly crack detectives to catch the killer, isn't all that good at its job. Overly complicated and confusing in places but with pacing that makes the prose crackle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316244695
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Series:
Kevin Byrne & Jessica Balzano Series , #7
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
108,004
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Montanari is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Echo Man, The Devil's Garden, Play Dead, The Rosary Girls, The Skin Gods and Broken Angels, as well as the internationally acclaimed thrillers Kiss of Evil, Don't Look Now, and The Violet Hour. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. To find out more about Richard Montanari visit his website at www.richardmontanari.com.

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The Stolen Ones 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ClarkP More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent.  The Stolen Ones is so dark and dreary with numerous twists and turns that you won't see coming.  Richard Montanari reminds me of Thomas Harris(Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal).  For those of you familiar with those works, you really should do yourself a favor and read this book.  Richard Montanari is a real literary talent.  I promise you will enjoy it.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Couldn't put it down! Another winner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book like alwaye
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of this author, but could not get into this one.!t.has to be me because his other books keep me up all night!!!! Sorry!!!