The Rosary Girls (Jessica Balzano Kevin Byrne, #1) By Richard Montanari

    In his sleek, visceral novels Deviant Way, Kiss of Evil, and The Violet Hour, Richard Montanari slammed into the suspense field like a force of nature. Now Montanari has written an astounding novel that pits two besieged detectives against a fiercely intelligent serial killer.

    Sprawling beneath the statue of William Penn, Philadelphia is a city of downtrodden crack houses and upscale brownstones. Somewhere in this concrete crazy quilt, one teenage Catholic girl is writing in her diary, another is pouring her heart out to a friend, and yet another is praying. And somewhere in this city is a man who wants these young women to make his macabre fantasy become reality. In a passion play of his own, he will take the girls–and a whole city–over the edge.

    Kevin Byrne is a veteran cop who already knows that edge: He’s been living on it far too long. His marriage failing, his former partner wasting away in a hospital, and his heart lost to mad fury, Byrne loves to take risks and is breaking every rule in the book. And now he has been given a rookie partner. Jessica Balzano, the daughter of a famous Philly cop, doesn’t want Byrne’s help. But they will need each other desperately, since they’ve just caught the case of a lifetime: Someone is killing devout young women, bolting their hands together in prayer, and committing an abomination upon their otherwise perfect bodies.

    Byrne and Balzano spearhead the hunt for the serial killer, who leads them on a methodically planned journey. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams–and vanish just as quickly. And while Byrne’s sins begin to catch up with him, and Balzano tries to solve the blood-splattered puzzle, the body count rises. Meanwhile, the calendar is approaching Easter and the day of the resurrection. When the last rosary is counted, a madman’s methods will be revealed, and the final crime will be the one that hurts the most.

    Relentlessly paced and vividly told, The Rosary Girls is a smart, emotionally complex, fiercely gripping thriller from an author who takes chances, breaks new ground, and leaves readers haunted and moved long after the last page is turned. The Rosary Girls (Jessica Balzano Kevin Byrne, #1)

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    Twists and turns abound. I started this series with the seventh book which was called The Stolen Ones. I really enjoyed it but I read that in Feb 2018 and it sits on page 2 of my books. I can be so stupid at times, not following up with this series sooner . Well this is the first in the series and wow it was just awesome. And you have to remember that if you read this originally not knowing a series was in the offing it would have been even better because now we all know the outcome meaning our heroes will survive to see another day. Of course this doesn't apply to the most current in the series as it could be the final one.
    Anyway our heroes are a male/female detective team. Early on we catch a glimpse of how detective Kevin Byrne of the Philadelphia Police Dept is wired when he arrests a pedophile and takes care of his bodyguard and the perp in nice fashion, meaning the perp ends up in hospital. We also learn as we go along that Byrne has a gift in that he can kind of see things in his mind in relation to various crimes he is investigating. It's hinted at and not over done though, it's kept real so to speak. Byrne gets involved in a few real good twists as the novel progresses relating to issues of his own.
    His new found partner is Jessica Balzano whose father was a PPD legend. She has been promoted from auto squad to homicide. She boxes and is quite attractive but her husband Vincent who works drugs was found sleeping with a floozy in their bed by Jessica. She also has a 3 year old daughter Sophie and Vincent is her father.
    The captions regarding the novel on goodreads says the two initially struggle to get along. I beg to differ, these two hit it off from the get go with some very personal knowledge shared quite quickly but that happens often with cops. If you are trusting someone with your life then I guess you can share a few secrets too. If you put your life on the line for each other in what can be your first tour then I guess getting into a personal matter or two doesn't hurt. That's another thing about cops in general, their ability to size up people including their own quite quickly. It's a job necessity!
    This book is well written and accurate. In the credits there are a lot of Philly cops given their due and it comes through in the novel. The story is about a serial killer killing young girls and it's quite gruesome. Ie, they are found with their vaginas sewn shut, their hands bolted together with screws so that they are in a prayer position. They are also posed and their is an object left in their hand which is a clue to the next kill. And of course there is the rosary aspect to. The novel gets right into the rosary aspect and outlines it very well but Montanari does it in a way that isn't over religious, it's just part of and needed for the story.
    A good suspect is introduced at the start but you think to yourself this is too early so you keep hunting for who else may be involved. More suspects abound and the book is very intriguing dealing with the serial killer crimes and then other aspects of our heroes who of course aren't and shouldn't be perfect. They each run into some good twists and turns.
    I don't know how goodreads displays our reviews but someone liked my review of the The Stolen Ones and it got me thinking yeah I should read the first. It was a very good call and I found it cheap on amazon. I have already started the second in the series The Skin Gods and I can't remember ever doing that, one after the other, it's just a personal thing - and I am liking the second in the series The Skin Gods alot.
    The Rosary girls is fast paced and riveting. The ending is awesome and leaves you hanging with regard to some aspects which linger too long for my liking into the second book. lol.
    This is an easy four star review and I could actually give it five stars and am not sure why I am not. As I am Italian I loved the Italian background which gets good coverage and is well done by Montanari who I assume is of Italian descent, my apologies if I'm mistaken. If this series is as good as book 1 is, 2 seems to be and seven is then there is some very good reading to be had here. Just a lot of fun but the kills are a little disturbing but I think that's par for the course. Enjoy this one, I highly recommend it! 0345470966 This is an exceptional suspense novel that also fits well in the realms of psychological thriller. It contains police procedurals and can also be categorized as a hard, gritty cop tale . It focuses on a serial killer on the dangerous streets of Philadelphia. Although Philly has many lovely parts ( it's my home town) there are other regions that are quite shockingly deadly. This novel depicts religion turned fanatical; sorrow leads to revenge and then turns quite ghastly. This is a fast-paced novel with many twists, turns and gruesome descriptions. Montanari is a masterful writer who puts a special twist into each scene. He exhibits unique command of standard written English, a talent for plot, a brilliance in presenting characters and developing them, and a understanding of human nature.

    This book earns four and a half stars. I like the personal touch of core characterizations; the excellent use of typical Philly colloquialisms and the many underlying mini-tales that add up to create a wonderful reading experience. If this was based on 'likability' I would give it a high five.

    A must read novel for suspense lovers. 0345470966 1º que leo de este autor y muy interesante, seguro que leeré mas de el.
    8/10 0345470966 Jess starts her day as a new homicide detective on the day a body of a young teen is found, posed and mutilated. She and her partner, Kevin Byrne, soon will spearhead a taskforce hunting a serial killer targeting young Catholic schoolgirls.

    The killer is smart and his motive complex. Twists abound as the story unfolds and Jess begins to suspect the killer may be someone close to home.

    I really liked the layers on complexities of this story and the suspense continues to grow to a powerful ending.

    0345470966 I'm not a great fan for psychological thrillers, but this one was the exception. A new author for me, Richard Montanari, is what I like to call an 'intelligent' writer. Someone who enjoys using long words in their novels, and using topics most of us dummies don't understand. Religion is one of them for me. Blech!! I had to skip a bunch of the religious stuff, just so I could find out who the killer was. The smallness of the type setting in this book almost had me shelving it until I could get a copy in large type but I had nothing else to read at the moment.

    I really enjoyed these characters. Jessica and Kevin in particular because they are and will continue to be the main focus of this series. Homicide Detectives are my favorite, serial killers are not. However, I will probably pick up the next book whenever I have nothing else to read. Detective Kevin Byrne is divorced, but has a deaf daughter in high school. He also had a death experience that left him with something close to having psychic abilities but closer to instinct than visions. These two hooks earned enough brownie points for me to seriously think about reading the series, only in large print from now on. Jessica is a newbie detective but her smarts are there and I like how she thinks. Other characters were introduced to us but most had been killed off so I'm not sure what to expect from the next few books.

    If you're a psychological thriller fan, then this is the series for you. 0345470966

    Bien, muy bien lo primero que leo de Montanari. Bien la historia, correctamente trenzada y con unos personajes que pueden dar juego pues creo que es el primero de una serie. He visto por ahí otro de la misma serie, creo que es el segundo, que se titula La piel de Filadelfia que lo voy a leer a continuación. La pareja protagonista, los detectives Byrne-Bolzano, como deben de ser, sin miraditas ni romances entre ellos, que ya es algo que cuesta ver... Recomendable. 0345470966 Im thinking a 4-5 for this book.WOW!Sprawling beneath the statue of William Penn, Philadelphia is a city of downtrodden crack houses and upscale brownstones. Somewhere in this concrete crazy quilt, one teenage Catholic girl is writing in her diary, another is pouring her heart out to a friend, and yet another is praying. And somewhere in this city is a man who wants these young women to make his macabre fantasy become reality. In a passion play of his own, he will take the girls–and a whole city–over the edge.

    Kevin Byrne is a veteran cop who already knows that edge: He’s been living on it far too long. His marriage failing, his former partner wasting away in a hospital, and his heart lost to mad fury, Byrne loves to take risks and is breaking every rule in the book. And now he has been given a rookie partner. Jessica Balzano, the daughter of a famous Philly cop, doesn’t want Byrne’s help. But they will need each other desperately, since they’ve just caught the case of a lifetime: Someone is killing devout young women, bolting their hands together in prayer, and committing an abomination upon their otherwise perfect bodies.

    Byrne and Balzano spearhead the hunt for the serial killer, who leads them on a methodically planned journey. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams–and vanish just as quickly. And while Byrne’s sins begin to catch up with him, and Balzano tries to solve the blood-splattered puzzle, the body count rises. Meanwhile, the calendar is approaching Easter and the day of the resurrection. When the last rosary is counted, a madman’s methods will be revealed, and the final crime will be the one that hurts the most.


    Not for the faint of heart...trust me!!! 0345470966 Απολαυστική αστυνομική ιστορία κατά την οποία ένας μανιακός δολοφόνος σκοτώνει νεαρά κορίτσια κ οι Αμερικάνοι ντεντέκτιβ προσπαθούν να τον σταματήσουν.
    Από τη μια το βιβλίο είναι όσο κλισέ προσπάθησ�� να το περιγράψω επίτηδες παραπάνω. Από την άλλη, είναι καλογραμμένο, η δράση κ οι ανατροπές σε σταθερά υψηλά επίπεδα, ενώ οι χαρακτήρες μού φάνηκαν ρεαλιστικοί.
    Θεωρώ ότι οι φίλοι του είδους θα το απολαύσουν. Προσωπικά ψάχνω ήδη και το επόμενο της σειράς περιπετειών της Τζέσικα κ του Κέβιν. 0345470966
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    “As Raparigas do Rosário” escrito pelo norte-americano Richard Montanari (n. 1952) é o primeiro livro da dupla de detectives Jessica Balzano e Kevin Byrne na “Philadelphia Series”.
    A magnífica capa da edição da Editorial Presença em tons de azul, em que se vê parcialmente uma rapariga, com as mãos juntas, envolvidas por um rosário, a rezar, com uma camisa de noite, deixa antever um thriller misterioso repleto de emoções e de violência brutal.
    A história é construída lentamente, com uma série de crimes hediondos, em que os alvos são raparigas católicas, e em que a perversidade do assassino se revela no simbolismo de determinados actos, perpetrados na tortura e na mutilação dos corpos imaculados.
    A construção da narrativa é labiríntica e as ligações entre os detectives Jessica Balzano e Kevin Byrne com as personagens secundárias são fundamentais para a construção da história e para o desfecho final.
    Apesar da cadência da narrativa parecer ser lenta, o suspense é diabólico, e de uma forma engenhosa Richard Montanari introduz pensamentos e vivências pessoais dos dois detectives, que se revelam fundamentais na construção das diferentes tramas e que se agrupam exemplarmente nas folhas finais do livro.
    Altamente recomendável… 0345470966 Απλά υπέροχο!Είχαν γνωρίσει και αγαπήσει το δίδυμο από τις επόμενες ιστορίες του Montanari,όμως πραγματικά τα Κορίτσια του Ροζαρίου ήταν ένα από τα απολαυστικότερα πρώτα βιβλία σειρών που έχω διαβάσει.5⭐ 0345470966

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