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The Violet Hour

Montanari, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0380975920 / ISBN 13: 9780380975921
Published by Avon Books, New York, 1998
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Violet Hour

Publisher: Avon Books, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by the Author

Edition: First Edition - First Printing.

Book Type: Book

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Priest Johnny Angel is found brutally murdered with a dead prostitute in his bed and a needle full of heroin in his arm. But when a prestigious plastic surgeon is the next victim of a vicious attack of the same manner, it becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose... And as this homicidal maniac exacts his vengeance upon more victims, evidence of another long-buried crime is uncovered. One that starts with a Halloween celebration twenty years ago and ends with a murderous plan for delayed revenge. For Nicky Stella, a hungry journalist, this is just the sort of sordid story that could land him a cover article. But when he digs a bit too deep, the killer’s attention turns towards Nicky...

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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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