A two-year-old girl is found wandering the streets of Philadelphia in the middle of the night by detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. She does not speak, but she may hold the key to solving a string of murders committed in and around Priory Park.
As the detectives investigate, more bodies are found at Priory Park, and they're drawn closer and closer to the doors of Luther's devious maze and the dark secrets of Cold River.
Richard was born in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating he travelled trough Europe trying out various jobs. After his return to the Unites States he worked as a freelance writer. In 1996 his first book Deviant Way was released and won the OLMA for Best First Mystery. His novels have been published in more than twenty-five languages.
I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book. A man spending his life in a warehouse for the criminally insane? Only that description caught my eye already. Loving a good mystery, thriller I decided to give it a try. I never read a book by this author before but the ratings for his previous book were pretty good too.
The first fifty pages introduce Jessica and Kevin very shortly. Though you get enough information on their personalities it is clear that this is the number 7 in a series. The base for the mystery is set quickly making that you cannot stop reading. Though I did guess one of the most important things early in the story it was still a great read. You can puzzle along very well as reader getting enough clues which I always enjoy a lot in mysteries. Both Kevin and Jessica are likeable characters but very standard for books like this. Kevin being a bit of tough guy with a tiny heart and Jessica the fighting against all prejudice of a woman in the police. Still I enjoyed reading the book and I am planning to check out the other books by this author.
The Stolen Ones
Author: Richard Montanari
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Series: Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne #7
Mulholland Books: various