The Violet Hour

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A popular priest lies dead of a heroin overdose in a Cleveland apartment, following an apparent tryst with a high-priced call girl.

A freelance journalist recognizes a great story--salacious and saleable--in the cleric's demise...and follows it into the twisted, terrifying mind of a psychopath.

While in an affluent suburb a world away, a cryptic threat written in a great poet's words appears on the computer screen of a long-suffering wife and mother. And suddenly she knows that a nightmare stands just outside her door, waiting to devour everything she loves.

Because twenty years ago, something terrible happened at a Halloween night gathering of brilliant, arrogant youths...Because it is reunion year, a time of remembrance and celebration; a time of reckoning and poetic justice...And the party is just beginning.

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Richard Montanari combines some unusual ingredients (the ethnic sociology of Cleveland, Ohio; the poetry of T.S. Eliot; the eccentricities of e-mail and chat rooms) with some of the more familiar elements of genre fiction (the hungry journalist who lucks into a good story; a series of current crimes linked to an old atrocity) to excellent effect in The Violet Hour. Writer Nicky Stella--beseiged by debts and responsibilities of his own--tries to save his career by finding out why poetry students who went to a party at Case Western Reserve University 20 years ago are suddenly dying in very nasty ways. With its ecclectic mixture of new technologies and classic mystery plotting, The Violet Hour is a sleek and dark story of delayed revenge. Montanari's equally chilling, well-received first thriller, Deviant Way, is available in paperback. --Dick Adler

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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

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