The Killing Room (2012)
Nothing will ever be the same again . . .
In the heart of Philadelphia's badlands, Homicide Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are called out to a particularly chilling crime scene. Once the pillar of the neighbourhood, an abandoned church has become a killing room.
At first it looks like a random act of violence. But then a second body is found, and a third.
Each crime scene more disturbing than the last, each murder more brutal. And it soon becomes horrifyingly clear that a cold, calculating and terrifyingly precise mind is at work.
With very few leads, and a mastermind who always seems to be one step ahead, Byrne and Balzano are faced with challenges they could never have imagined as they race against time to hunt down their killer, before it's too late . . .
"Terrific tension, superb prose, a credible yet manifestly dark plotline and an enthralling, enrapturing pace all add up to what is sure to be one of the crime novels of the year." - Crime Time
"The crescendo delivers with phenomenal force . . . this book is relentless." - TheNovelReviewer
"Scary good! Montanari expertly weaves a mesmerizing tale of a devilish killer stalking a city's abandoned churches and stoking its innermost fears. You will leave the lights on, long after finishing this book!" - Lisa Gardner