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The Skin Gods - A Novel of Suspense

Richard Montanari

With the breakneck pacing and intricate plotting of his most recent novel, The Rosary Girls, Richard Montanari established himself as one of the most exciting suspense writers working today. Now he proves himself a virtuoso with The Skin Gods, an explosive new thriller featuring Philadelphia homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. It is the steaming heart of summer in the City of Brotherly Love. Back on the force after taking a bullet during the arrest of a sadistic murderer, Detective Kevin Byrne warily returns to police headquarters. He cannot shake the memory of the Rosary Killer's innocent victims-or his growing sense that the evil has not been vanquished. And when he and his partner, Detective Jessica Balzano, are called in on a bizarre case, Byrne's gravest suspicions are confirmed. A madman, dubbed The Actor by the homicide unit, is meticulously re-creating Hollywood's most famous-and most gruesome-death scenes. The first murder is caught on film, spliced into a rented VHS edition of the Hitchcock black-and-white masterpiece Psycho. But in place of Janet Leigh is a real-life woman, and this time, the blood is red and the knife is real. Soon, more thrilling classics are turned into terrifying snuff films and placed on video store shelves for an unsuspecting public to find. The key to this horrific puzzle could lie with any of The Skin Gods' supporting cast: the A-list Hollywood director, the ruthless executive assistant, the convicted mass murderer-or perhaps someone else who has made a sinister art of gruesome violence. Hot on the psychopath's trail, Balzano and Byrne descend into the mouth of madness and beyond, deep into the depraved underworld of S&M clubs and the porn industry, where the worship of flesh leads to malevolent evil. Before the final credits roll, the investigators will discover that none of The Actor's victims are as innocent as they appear to be, and that the clue the police need to prevent future murders might be found in Detective Byrne's own dark past. From the Hardc

With the breakneck pacing and intricate plotting of his most recent novel, The Rosary Girls, Richard Montanari established himself as one of the most exciting suspense writers working today. Now he proves himself a virtuoso with The Skin Gods, an explosive new thriller featuring Philadelphia homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. It is the steaming heart of summer in the City of Brotherly Love. Back on the force after taking a bullet during the arrest of a sadistic murderer, Detective Kevin Byrne warily returns to police headquarters. He cannot shake the memory of the Rosary Killer's innocent victims-or his growing sense that the evil has not been vanquished. And when he and his partner, Detective Jessica Balzano, are called in on a bizarre case, Byrne's gravest suspicions are confirmed. A madman, dubbed The Actor by the homicide unit, is meticulously re-creating Hollywood's most famous-and most gruesome-death scenes. The first murder is caught on film, spliced into a rented VHS edition of the Hitchcock black-and-white masterpiece Psycho. But in place of Janet Leigh is a real-life woman, and this time, the blood is red and the knife is real. Soon, more thrilling classics are turned into terrifying snuff films and placed on video store shelves for an unsuspecting public to find. The key to this horrific puzzle could lie with any of The Skin Gods' supporting cast: the A-list Hollywood director, the ruthless executive assistant, the convicted mass murderer-or perhaps someone else who has made a sinister art of gruesome violence. Hot on the psychopath's trail, Balzano and Byrne descend into the mouth of madness and beyond, deep into the depraved underworld of S&M clubs and the porn industry, where the worship of flesh leads to malevolent evil. Before the final credits roll, the investigators will discover that none of The Actor's victims are as innocent as they appear to be, and that the clue the police need to prevent future murders might be found in Detective Byrne's own dark past. From the Hardc
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With the breakneck pacing and intricate plotting of his most recent novel, The Rosary Girls, Richard Montanari established himself as one of the most exciting suspense writers working today. Now he proves himself a virtuoso with The Skin Gods, an explosive new thriller featuring Philadelphia homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. It is the steaming heart of summer in the City of Brotherly Love. Back on the force after taking a bullet during the arrest of a sadistic murderer, Detective Kevin Byrne warily returns to police headquarters. He cannot shake the memory of the Rosary Killer's innocent victims-or his growing sense that the evil has not been vanquished. And when he and his partner, Detective Jessica Balzano, are called in on a bizarre case, Byrne's gravest suspicions are confirmed. A madman, dubbed The Actor by the homicide unit, is meticulously re-creating Hollywood's most famous-and most gruesome-death scenes. The first murder is caught on film, spliced into a rented VHS edition of the Hitchcock black-and-white masterpiece Psycho. But in place of Janet Leigh is a real-life woman, and this time, the blood is red and the knife is real. Soon, more thrilling classics are turned into terrifying snuff films and placed on video store shelves for an unsuspecting public to find. The key to this horrific puzzle could lie with any of The Skin Gods' supporting cast: the A-list Hollywood director, the ruthless executive assistant, the convicted mass murderer-or perhaps someone else who has made a sinister art of gruesome violence. Hot on the psychopath's trail, Balzano and Byrne descend into the mouth of madness and beyond, deep into the depraved underworld of S&M clubs and the porn industry, where the worship of flesh leads to malevolent evil. Before the final credits roll, the investigators will discover that none of The Actor's victims are as innocent as they appear to be, and that the clue the police need to prevent future murders might be found in Detective Byrne's own dark past. From the Hardc

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Brick

Length:

13h 21m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:40

Introduction
Introduction

00:11


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:59


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:51


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:27


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:18


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:09


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:42


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:28


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:27


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:50


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:41


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:28


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:34


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:46


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:38


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:57


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:25


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:14


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:30


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:39


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:08


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:13


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:30


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:20


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:35


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

01:51


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:01


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:01


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:59


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:14


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:05


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:57


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:02


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:52


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:41


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:18


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

00:56


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:36


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:03


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:32


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:12


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

01:28


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:16


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:05


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:49


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:12


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:12


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:17


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:03


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:36


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:23


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:01


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:35


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:00


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:56


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:23


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:42


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:31


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:56


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

01:09


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:16


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:12


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:45


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:48


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

02:46


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:04


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:36


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

02:12


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:24


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:32


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:01


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:44


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:00


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

02:50


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:43


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

02:04


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:44


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:44


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:22


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

02:51


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

01:18


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

02:04


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:07


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:32


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

02:55


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:35


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:05


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

01:38


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:13


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:03


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:46


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:35


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:19


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

01:54


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:59


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:35


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:26


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:08


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:45


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

02:57


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:37


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

01:48


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:07


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:53


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:00


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

01:25


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:34


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:19


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:30


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:47


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:42


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

01:34


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

02:06


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

02:21


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:29


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

05:44


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:24


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

04:58


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:23


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

06:02


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:36


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:58


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

05:23


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

00:48


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:08


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

02:07


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

03:56


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

01:19


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

02:31


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

04:42


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

03:02


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

01:41


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

02:56


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

02:11


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

05:28


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

04:47


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

03:57


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

02:42


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

00:59


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

04:14


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

02:06


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

03:29


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

04:05


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

04:02


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

04:03


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

02:51

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