A Christmas Killing / A Kevin Byrne Short Story
Includes an exclusive excerpt from Shutter Man!
From Richard's publisher:
"The first time Detective Kevin Francis Byrne heard a reggae version of The Little Drummer Boy he was standing next to a pool of blood” – if there’s a better opening line to a crime story this Christmas I’d like to hear it. Richard Montanari’s short-but-bittersweet A Christmas Killing is a black bauble of a short story, a tale of an apparently routine crime in the toughest part of Philadelphia set in the late 1980s one yuletide.
This is where we see Montanari’s detective Kevin Byrne cutting his teeth, his current cop companion a streetwise throwback named Sheehan. As in his novels, Montanari creates a powerful sense of place, and the story is just as ideal for people who have never read him before as for those wanting to go deeper into the Byrne’s background."
"Montanari is fast becoming the master of murder macabre. . . terrifying, complex, compelling psychopaths who knock other fictional killers into a hangman’s hat." - Lancashire Post
"Knife-edge suspense." - Guardian
"Byrne and Balzano are two of the best creations in U.S. hardboiled crime." - The Look
"Montanari is a master of suspense." - Chris Ewan, bestselling author of Safe House