Wednesday, 2 March 2011

CRIME REVIEW: The Echo Man - Richard Montinari

Release Date: 03/03/11


It is fall in Philadelphia and the mutilated body of a man is found in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of the city. The victim has been viciously tortured to death. It's the work of a sadistic mind in free fall. When homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano investigate, they soon realise that their crime scene is linked to the past. Eight years ago, another body was found in the same place, in the same position, killed in the same manner. That case was never closed. Apart from their killer's unusual calling cards, the crime scene photos - past and present - are identical. As another brutalised body appears, then another, it becomes horrifyingly clear that someone is recreating unsolved murders from Philadelphia's past in the most sinister of ways. And the killer is closer than they think...


Crime has never been so good as it has recently. Within this title you get scares, you get chills and above all else you get a tale that keeps the reader glued to the last page especially when you back it with some cracking backstory to reveal more about one of the principle protagonists. It’s well written, it’s definitely a title that has a great overall arc and its one that adds to the characters previous adventures in such a way that it keeps it moving at its own pace.

Finally add some great prose, a good sense of dialogue backed by believable characters and the reader really is in for a treat. Richard is back to form so please ignore The Devil’s Garden and turn straight to this title. A real faith restorer.

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