This short taster of international bestseller Richard Montanari's writing also includes the opening to his terrifying new novel, The Doll Maker.
Meet the young Detective Kevin Byrne, rising star of the Philadelphia police force.
Christmas Eve, 1988. Partnered with streetwise veteran Frankie Sheehan, Byrne is called out on a freezing night to investigate the brutal assault of a young woman in a crime-ridden neighbourhood, The Devil's Pocket.
There, with the rest of the city celebrating, relentless rookie Byrne must step out from his partner's shadow to outwit a terrifying predator on the same vicious city streets he will later revisit with his future partner, Jessica Balzano.
This ebook-exclusive short story also includes the opening of Richard Montanari's terrifying new novel, The Doll Maker.
A relentlessly suspenseful, soul-chilling thriller - Tess Gerritsen
Scary good! Montanari expertly weaves a mesmerizing tale - Lisa Gardner
Richard Montanari was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a traditional Italian-American family. After university, he travelled extensively in Europe and lived in London.
Returning to the US, he started working as a freelance writer for The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The Seattle Times, and many others. He wrote his first book, Deviant Way, in 1996 and it won the OLMA for Best First Mystery. His novel Shutter Man was named a New York Times Crime Novel of the Year for 2016, and his books have now been published in more than twenty-five languages.