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Richard Montanari - The Echo Man

Publisher: William Heineman

ISBN-10: 0434018910

ISBN-13: 978-0434018918

Published: March 3 2011

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Explosive, compelling, dynamic terrifying, electrifying and exhilarating. Just a few of the adjectives that can be used to describe Richard Montanri’s latest Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano outing, in The Echo Man (William Heineman).


Kevin Byrne is a delight to read. A mix of John Rebus, Elvis Cole and Myron Bolitar, Byrne nevertheless remains his own unique thanks to the consummate storytelling skills Montanari possesses. As for Jessica Balzano, not only is she a fitting partner who – for a change – is more than just a foil for the lead supposed detective, she too is so clearly defined – so individual – she can easily rank alongside anything created by Slaughter or Gerritsen in her own right.

Yet it is the intricate though never confusing or overly complicated plotting that makes a Montanari novel stand out, allied with a definitive sense of setting and Harley Davison pace. The Echo Man is no exception in any of these regards and any self respecting crime fiction aficionado should drink deep from this expanding well of talent at their earliest opportunity.




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