Kiss of Evil

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9780099538677: Kiss of Evil

Christmas is just around the corner; the season of peace and goodwill.But this year, for Detective Jack Paris, the Christmas spirit is eclipsed by the hunt for a sadistic and twisted serial killer... When an accused murderer is acquitted on a technicality then found dead of an apparent suicide, a spree of brutal murders terrorizes the citizens of Cleveland.This vicious and vengeful killer tortures his seemingly unrelated victims in unimaginably violent ways, leaving them all with a strange symbol carved into their flesh. When Detective Paris discovers that these murders are the grim handiwork of one maniac obsessed with the dark side of the ancient religion, Santeria, he's pulled into a web of danger and sexual deviance.Jack must catch the killer before he kills again.But on Christmas Eve, Jack finds himself right where the homicidal maniac wants him: questioning his loyalties, facing an impossible choice, with the barrel of a gun pointing at his temple and the whole world watching...

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About the Author:

Richard Montanari is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Echo Man, The Devil's Garden, Play Dead, The Rosary Girls, The Skin Gods and Broken Angels, as well as the internationally acclaimed thrillers Kiss of Evil, Don't Look Now (previously published as Deviant Way) and The Violet Hour. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. To find out more about Richard Montanari visit his website at www.richardmontanari.com

From Publishers Weekly:

As twisted and gory as Montanari's previous two suspense outings (The Violet Hour; Deviant Way), this no-holds-barred thriller once again features Cleveland homicide detective Jack Paris, this time pitted against a man who mutilates and dismembers his victims, then marks them with the symbol of a dark branch of the Afro-Caribbean religion Santeria. Though each murder is as savage as the next one victim is castrated, another scalped, another disemboweled there is little to connect them in terms of motive. As Paris's investigation flounders, he uncovers a possible link to the murder of Det. Michael Ryan two years earlier. The fashion model accused of killing Ryan was acquitted of the crime and later committed suicide, but Paris is convinced she was guilty and believes she may have something to do with the man the press is calling the "voodoo killer." Among Ryan's possessions, a handwritten note "Evil is a breed" points to the dark history of the killer, revealed in flashbacks and culminating in a grotesque torture scene that mimics the ravenous swine episode in Thomas Harris's Hannibal. As the body count rises and the chameleonesque murderer threatens Paris personally, a sinister tale of delayed revenge emerges. Only by plunging deep into the sexually charged depths of his gruesome case does Paris get a grip on a solution. Those with a yen for viscera and violence will appreciate Montanari's scalpel-like narrative skills.

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Published by Arrow (2009)
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