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They Never Die Quietly (Sami Rizzo #1)

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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  687 ratings  ·  83 reviews
“They Never Die Quietly” tells the story of homicide Detective Sami Rizzo, who is assigned to head a task force investigating serial killings in San Diego. Simon, the highly intelligent, cunning, and deceptively charming villain, redefines the depths of human evil. He believes God has given him absolute authority to purify his unholy victims through a ritual that ends in a ...more
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Published 2008 by Book Surge
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Lisa
I picked this up from the Amazon Prime lending library after reading a review or two there and noting the overall star level (four as of this writing). I wish I'd read more reviews before deciding on this.

The plot telegraphs itself early on. Attractive female super detective Sami Rizzo is hot on the trail of bad guy Simon, who is tall, handsome, and charming. Her partner Al loves her from afar. You can see the ending from a mile off.

As noted by several other reviewers, the book would have benefi
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Chibineko
With all of the glowing recommendations from the other reviewers, I figured that this would be a book I'd really love. After all, I'd already wanted to read it ever since I'd missed out on getting it via the vine program. What I'd forgotten in the process was that this is a "new" writer & that this is one of his first published books. While that doesn't equate with bad, it does mean that I should have expected the book to be a little rough around the edges.

Detective Sami Rizzo is desperately
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Eryn
Mar 31, 2012 Eryn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
I borrowed this book from the Amazon Library and am so thankful that I did not pay for this novel that is terrible. At first, I could tolerate it and thought I'd get through it. But it got worse and worse as I kept reading and I had to stop.

Spoilers:
The serial killer, Simon, has sex with his mother and continues to believe he has sex with his mother with his dead victims. Simon is also, in general, a stupid character who has nothing to him but pleasing his crazy mother and God. Each character is
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Janet
This book started out promising. Gruesome premise, plenty of suspense, sympathetic heroine, well-drawn characters, properly despicable villain, the whole nine yards. By the end, however I was thoroughly disgusted with Annechino…and not in a good way. He took a thriller and turned it into a romance in the last five pages. Is that even legal??
Barb
Jun 02, 2011 Barb rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I hated this book - couldn't even finish it. Too bad you can't give negative numbers.
Kim
As disturbing as some of the content was, it was a book that was hard to put down.
T. Edmund
I have heard many times about novels "There's nothing new under the sun" and its something I agree with. However just because there is nothing truly original to throw into novels I still hold the firm belief that authors can at least try to spice up their books with something unusual or at least 'do the cliche well'

Never Die quietly does neither. In terms of originality, everything in this book is tired tired tired. The villian is a religous purist haunted by the voice of his sexually abusive,
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Wendy Hines
They scream, but no one can hear them, much less help them. They are in a sound-proofed basement that is much like a mini-apartment. They could live there indefinitely without ever leaving, if they lived.

After he kidnaps the women, always with one of their children, he keeps them their for 72 hours, until the time has come to be "cleansed." Then, he crucifies them and drops the child off somewhere so they can be returned to their dad. He doesn't harm the children, they are leverage, a tool so h
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Theresa
When I started this novel, I found couldn't put it down. It is fast-paced and a true page-turner that only allowed me to put it aside only when necessary. The storyline was very interesting, yet somewhat predictable. The characters were nothing new or exciting: a woman cop that needed to prove something, a male partner, and a woman-hating serial killer. Even though I've read many thrillers with this "formula", I found Annechino's writing style to be very captivating.

This book is intense and not
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Denise
Another formulaic, predictable, "female cop in peril" thriller, January 6, 2010
This novel was so disappointing. I love thrillers featuring smart, competent female detectives who use their brains and police procedure to solve a case involving a heinous serial killer. Ever since Clarice Starling got into Dr. Hannibal Lecter's head, I've loved the genre and reading about that odd relationship between mind-hunter or cop and criminal. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of those good books.

Sami Rizzo,
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Stefani
This book has presented quite a challenge when it comes to writing a review. So let's start with the basics, this is a first novel for this author, or at least the first published novel and unfortunately that shows. The story is not very tight and concise and there were a lot of loose ends that could have been tidied up with just one more edit of the book. But willing to overlook this, we will continue on. Detective Sami Rizzo and her partner Al are confounded by a case of women and their childr ...more
Matt Allen
The seed of this story has real potential. That's what's so disappointing.

They Never Die Quietly never really got off the runway. It would try to take off. It would grab me tight for a minute. But then it would inevitably set me back down with--and I hate to use this word--infodump after infodump, clogging the story's action until I finally gave up. This kind of exposition may occasionally help a story, but not done to the degree it is here. Further, Annechino would make a great sentence or poin
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Katy
Oct 30, 2011 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers/suspense
Shelves: ebook, aa-read-review
Sami Rizzo made a promise to her father on his death-bed – a promise that she would work in law enforcement, and become a detective. With dedication, she achieved this goal, despite being a single mother to a two-year-old daughter. She is the only woman on the Homicide squad. She and her partner, Alberto “Al” Diaz, are involved in a difficult murder investigation, and the bodies are piling up. The women are crucified, sexually assaulted, and have their hearts removed before being dumped on the s ...more
Suspense Magazine
Annechino has clearly taken the time to immerse himself in the stereotypical ways of the modern day serial killer and in his debut novel, “They Never Die Quietly” he adds his own bizarre twists. Homicide Detective Sami Rizzo is already behind the eight ball as a single parent with a worthless ex-husband, an unforgiving relationship with her mother and as the only female member of her San Diego homicide squad. She works harder than most—in a job that doesn’t satisfy—to keep her edge and stay on t ...more
Betty
This is a first novel, and it reads like one. It could have benefitted from at least one more hard edit, and probably two. Additionally, one of the things I most dislike about self-published novels appeared to be the case with this book, namely relatively tight editing in the first 20-25% of the book and then light, if any, editing for the balance of the book. Perfect example: the serial killer's killing space is located just outside San Diego; as Al is searching for his imperiled partner, we le ...more
Victoria
I picked up They Never Die Quietly and its sequel in a Kindle sale. Given that I’d already bought the sequel, I was really hoping that I’d enjoy this thriller. And since I read the entire book in less than a day, the answer to that is a resounding “yes”.

This is the first thriller by D. M. Annechino, and he writes very well. As a fan of Tess Gerritson’s work, I can say any fan of hers will enjoy this. Sami Rizzo, the heroine detective, comes from the same mould as Gerritson’s Rizzoli (they even h
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Snuffles
Oct 11, 2014 Snuffles marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
(I got this as a free borrow through Amazon prime.)

I stopped at 4% (which is the end of the first chapter), because there was already too much in it that made me feel sick. I don't think I can go through a whole book of this - I scanned through the next chapter and there's Simon's POV again and... no... just no.
From what I've read in the other reviews it doesn't get better either, so that's where the book and I shall part ways.
Charlotte
I enjoyed this - I think the story itself is pretty standard and so it's compelling (by virtue of, you want to see how they catch the killer), but something about the switching viewpoints and writing style was a little off-putting at times. It was a good book and worth reading, but I don't think I'm going to read any more in the series.
Ruth Graybill
Women Detectives

I have read. several stories about women detectives, but this one was as good or maybe better than the rest. It started a little slowly,but picked up quickly and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout to the end. A Great Read!!
Denise
This book turned out to be most everything I expected. It is a page-turning police procedural that, while it is laden with some cliches and less-than-memorable characters, still managed to keep me reading. The heroine of the book rather annoyed me in that she didn't seem to be a thorough detective and made some really, really terrible decisions over the course of the book. While certain aspects of the villain seemed cliche at turns, I did find his story to be intriguing. I also appreciated that ...more
Jill
Got this book for free from an AmazonLocal deal, so my expectations were only mild to begin with. The beginning actually started out fine, and even had my interest a little bit, but it quickly becomes so tired and formulaic that you could see everything coming...except for one thing. The author actually does make his protagonist strong-woman-cop figure the dumbest person alive, and has her put herself in an utterly stupid situation. It just wasn't believable at all, and was totally contradictory ...more
Kristina
This was a bit of a gut twisting thriller for me. It seriously had me queasy at moments and rushing through the end to see what would happen.


Annechino twists a gory tale about a man who believes he is working for God's purpose. The author has the talent to make you cringe, yet want to keep reading. His research of serial killers worked to his favor as this was a frighteningly real look into the mind of a twisted man. This book touches on the strength of mothers and what they would do to save the
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Ed Armstrong
I got this novel quite a few months ago and didn't pay much attention to it. I just finished reading it yesterday after all those months and I found it quite compelling - at first I thought the plot was pretty weird - young women were being murdered by crucifixion to atone for their "sins." While the reader knows immediately who the killer is, it is not clear exactly what the motive is. It takes the San Diego Police Department detective Sami Rizzo and her partner Al Diaz much longer to figure ou ...more
Brianna Ryan
This is definitely not the book for the faint, it is a little graphic and plays out very much like a law and order SVU episode.

The premise of the book is about a serial killer who is uber religious and finds that his calling is to cleanse sinners of their crimes through crucifixion. The book kind of switches POV to three different characters the book primarily revolves around, the main women/detective on the case, her partner on the case, and the serial killer. Its interesting getting inside th
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Elaine
Aug 28, 2014 Elaine marked it as started-reading-but-didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
Just didn't hold my interest. For several pages, I thought it was something I had already read; It rang of that much familiarity and yet failed to capture my attention. Seems too predictable.
Michael McManus
This was a great treat to read. This author knows how to tell a story. He knows how to paint characters that, although they are not perfect prototypes of likable people, they are real and get under you skin. The author made me sort of like even the most abhorrent character I have read since Hannibal Lector. I turned every page of this thriller with fear that my imagination was correct in its predictions. I am looking forward to "Resuscitation", which is the follow-up to this book. I hope as the ...more
David-Lynn Anderson
This is an ok story. But - I found the main character, Sami, a female homicide detective to be portrayed as so stupid she almost (if anybody ever does) deserved what she got.

She suspects a man she met as a brutal serial killer. Yet, as evidence builds he is who she thinks has killed and crucified several women, she accepts a dinner invitation and lets him take her to his remotely located home. She doesn't mention her suspicions to her boss, her partner or anybody else. So, not only does no one k
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Tanja
Good one, just as he prequel to it, just still have problems adjusting to the fact you no exactly who the killer is right from the beginning.
Mark Heath
A TRULY FANTASTIC BOOK, COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. KEEPS YOU GRIPPED TO THE LAST PAGE. READING NO 2 NEXT
Cheryl
I enjoyed this. At times it was a bit disturbing, but overall a good book.
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