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The stolen ones / Richard Montanari.

By: Montanari, Richard.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Montanari, Richard. Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne: 7.; Montanari, Richard. Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne: 07.; Byrne and Balzano: 8.; Byrne & Balzano: bk. 7.Publisher: London Sphere, 2013Description: 458 pages. ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780751549294 (hbk); 0751549290 (hbk).Subject(s): Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Byrne, Kevin (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Balzano, Jessica (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Police -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction) | Detective and mystery stories. | Mystery and detective stories.
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Destroyed by fire years ago, the infamous Philadelphia State Hospital was known as a warehouse for the criminally insane. But one man never left. By night Luther walks Philadelphia's backstreets, drawing to him the mad, the corrupt, the fallen. By day he roams the catacombs beneath the city, killing his prey. Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are called to a bizarre murder scene: a man has been killed by a railroad spike driven into his head and left sitting on a bench in a local park. But it is just the beginning of a trail of evil that leads back to the hospital and the nightmares it still contains...
Summary: Destroyed by fire years ago, the infamous Philadelphia State Hospital was known as a warehouse for the criminally insane. But one man never left. By night Luther walks Philadelphia's backstreets, drawing to him the mad, the corrupt, the fallen. By day he roams the catacombs beneath the city, killing his prey. Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are called to a bizarre murder scene: a man has been killed by a railroad spike driven into his head and left sitting on a bench in a local park. But it is just the beginning of a trail of evil that leads back to the hospital and the nightmares it still contains. .
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Destroyed by fire years ago, the infamous Philadelphia State Hospital was known as a warehouse for the criminally insane.

But one man never left.

By night Luther walks Philadelphia's backstreets, drawing to him the mad, the corrupt, the fallen. By day he roams the catacombs beneath the city, killing his prey.

Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are called to a bizarre murder scene: a man has been killed by a railroad spike driven into his head and left sitting on a bench in a local park. But it is just the beginning of a trail of evil that leads back to the hospital and the nightmares it still contains...

Destroyed by fire years ago, the infamous Philadelphia State Hospital was known as a warehouse for the criminally insane. But one man never left. By night Luther walks Philadelphia's backstreets, drawing to him the mad, the corrupt, the fallen. By day he roams the catacombs beneath the city, killing his prey. Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are called to a bizarre murder scene: a man has been killed by a railroad spike driven into his head and left sitting on a bench in a local park. But it is just the beginning of a trail of evil that leads back to the hospital and the nightmares it still contains...

Destroyed by fire years ago, the infamous Philadelphia State Hospital was known as a warehouse for the criminally insane. But one man never left. By night Luther walks Philadelphia's backstreets, drawing to him the mad, the corrupt, the fallen. By day he roams the catacombs beneath the city, killing his prey. Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are called to a bizarre murder scene: a man has been killed by a railroad spike driven into his head and left sitting on a bench in a local park. But it is just the beginning of a trail of evil that leads back to the hospital and the nightmares it still contains. .

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Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

A man's body is found in a public park in Philadelphia. The victim was pushing 60 years of age and had no family. Investigators Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne discover, in the dead man's house, a large sum of money (with no explanation of its provenance) and some old, vaguely pornographic photographs (on which are found fingerprints leading to four men, criminals who died many years ago). The latest Balzano and Byrne mystery is full of surprises and dark shadows literal dark shadows, as part of the story concerns a long-shuttered mental asylum and a former inmate who uses it to explore the catacombs beneath the city. Fans of this tightly written series will definitely enjoy this one, and the Balzano and Byrne books work pretty nicely as stand-alones, too, so familiarity with the earlier books is not necessary.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

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.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.