Monday, 25 October 2010

CRIME REVIEW: The Devil's Garden - Richard Montinari

Release Date: 19/08/10


Michael Roman is finally living the life he always dreamed of - he has a successful career, a beautiful wife and adorable twin daughters. But his idyllic life is about to come crashing down around him - because Michael is a man with a past. A rising star in the New York District Attorney's office and on the cusp of enormous success, Michael's perfect life begins to unravel when he finds himself the target of a depraved madman, a man who covets everything Michael has and will stop at nothing to take it all away. In a desperate fight to survive, Michael is forced to confront the dark secrets of his past in order to save his family. He must hunt down the psychopath who is targeting his family and, before it is too late, face the devil himself...


Fan’s of Richard’s work will be sadly disappointed with this novel. It’s slow, the characters are more 2D than 3D, the description is pretty dire and to be honest the overall plot feels like its missing a hell of a lot. In fact, I’d even go so far as to wonder how this made it to publication when his Balzano and Byrne series is so much more vibrant. All in a novel that whilst it is a standalone, is one that I’d suggest that readers miss in order to concentrate on his more established work.

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