By Richard Montanari
Philadelphia police detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are operating a brand new beat: the specified Investigations Unit, aka the chilly case squad. Ironic, provided that it’s the peak of a blazing sizzling August. yet even those hardened murder veterans are chilled to the bone as a dormant homicide case stirs to life–leading Byrne and Balzano into the darkish center in their urban, their souls, and a psyche of natural evil.Months prior to, a teenage runaway’s physique used to be present in the desolate, harmful North Philly district dubbed the Badlands. useless runaways have been no novelty on those suggest streets, however the Caitlin O’Riordan case was once various. Her corpse used to be present in the basement of a rancid tenement condominium, the inexplicable reason behind dying: drowning. in spite of everything, not anything used to be solved and the case used to be closed.Now a confession to the weird homicide at the police tipline sends Byrne and Balzano dashing to make an arrest. yet rather than a killer, they find a ghastly scene: a jar containing human remains–along with a cryptic clue resulting in an not likely witness. Laura Somerville lives faraway from the squalor of the Badlands, and doubtless light-years from any connection to a murdered runaway. yet moments after discussing the case with this dependent woman, Byrne and Balzano make one other grisly discovery, and locate an enigmatic note spelled out in Scrabble tiles.Across city, one other victim’s shallow grave finds deeper mysteries. Her mystery diaries painting a lady haunted by means of a stunning previous, and passionate about discovering a wicked killer.Now, because the physique count number grows, a terrifying layout actually takes form. items of a grotesque puzzle are being set into position by way of the tough palms of a madman utilizing town as his video game board. His playthings are the blameless, and his opponents–and pawns–are Byrne and Balzano, who needs to, sooner than time runs out, decipher the reality a few shadowy condo of horrors and its elusive master.Internationally acclaimed writer Richard Montanari works his black magic to spine-tingling perfection in Badlands, conjuring the entire relentless suspense, darkish twists of intrigue, and full-throttle motion that make his very good, engrossing novels required interpreting for mystery enthusiasts.
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Publication Date: 2013-06-27
Number of Pages: 286
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Inside, on the one remaining shelf, was a large laboratory specimen jar, half-filled with a filmy red fluid. Something was suspended in the liquid. Jessica knew what it was. She had been to enough autopsies. It was a human heart. qxp 7/2/08 2:21 PM Page 17 THREE hile they waited for the crime scene unit to arrive and begin processing the scene, Josh Bontrager took digital photographs; of the lot, the graffiti on the shanty wall, the refrigerator, the neighborhood, the gathering rubberneckers. Jessica and Byrne played the recording three more times.
Jessica glanced at Byrne, but he refused to look at her. qxp 7/2/08 2:21 PM Page 28 28 R I C H A R D M O N TA N A R I ter of pop-culture principle, she figured. Sometimes Kevin Byrne’s knowledge astounded her. On a bar bet, he once rattled off the entire discography of The Eagles, and Kevin Byrne didn’t even care too much for The Eagles. He was a Thin Lizzy, Corrs, Van Morrison man—not to mention his near-slavish devotion to old blues. On the other hand, she’d once caught him singing the first verse of “La Vie en Rose” at a crime scene.
This month they were amethyst. How girly-girl can you get? Sophie Balzano approved. Kevin Byrne hadn’t yet said a word. A uniformed officer stepped into the row house. ” He handed Byrne an envelope. ” Byrne opened it and pulled out a single sheet fax, read it. ” Jessica asked. qxp 7/2/08 2:21 PM Page 38 38 R I C H A R D M O N TA N A R I Jessica’s eyes lit up like a toddler hearing a Jack and Jill ice cream truck coming down the street. ” “Not that much better,” Byrne said. ” “Nothing. ” “I’m getting there.