The Violet Hour

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Twenty years ago a group of students celebrated their daring and freedom at an exclusive college party, where something terrible happened. For most the memories are buried until a respected priest is brutally killed. For journalist Nick Stella this could be a chance to hit the big time again.

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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--besieged 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 eclectic mixture of new technologies and classical murder mystery plot, The Violet Hour is a sleek and dark story of delayed revenge. Montanari's well-received and equally chilling first thriller, Deviant Way, is available in paperback. -- Dick Adler

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"Consistently surprising . . . Montanari keeps the reader deliciously off balance throughout, letting the novel accrue horrors and deft misdirections, right until its gory end" ( Publishers Weekly)

"The novel is, like the nameless killer's victims, well executed. And like the killer himself, fiendishly twisted. A real page turner" ( Booklist)

"Told at breakneck pace, with more than one truly frightening villain, and a protagonist whose tenacity in the face of evil makes him a hero for our times, you turn the pages as if your very life depends on it" ( Daily Mail)

"A relentlessly suspenseful, soul-chilling thriller that hooks you instantly" (Tess Gerritsen)

"A no-holds-barred thriller that thrusts the reader into the black soul of the killer ... those with a taste for Thomas Harris will look forward to the sure-to-follow sequel" ( Library Journal)

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