The Stolen Ones
Hardcover: 464 pages
18 July 2013
Richard Montanari is one of the finest exponents of the Crime Fiction writing art currently at work today and his latest Byrne & Balzano offering, The Stolen Ones, is proof if proof were needed that here is an author at the very top of his game.
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 a derelict hospital and the nightmares it still contains.
Tight as a tourniquet prose and whiplash quick dialogue add currency to an outstanding plot that crackles with tension pace and intrigue. Add to this the uncanny sense of place Montanari instils in each diverse setting and what the reader is left with is a novel of epic proportions that simply oozes style.
Yet it is the characterisation – particularly the dynamism of the main protagonists – that sets The Stolen Ones apart from many of its peers, as the driving force of the storyline derives primarily from how these interact, gel and bond and so become all the more real as each page is turned.
No matter how many books you decide to take away to the beach this summer, makes sure there is room for Richard Montanari’s The Stolen Ones as this is a master class in Crime Fiction that is guaranteed to have you gripped from first syllable to last.