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“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
May 20, 2013 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Cheryl
Jan 07, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of this series. However I have read this series our of order. I started with book two and recently finished book three and then jumped back to book one. Only this is the first book I have not read but listened to in audio version. Which I have to say that I found that the narrator, Christina Traister did a good job of narrating this book on audio version. Yet despite Ms. Traister's work I had a hard time really getting into this book as much as I have the other two novels. At first I ...more
Barb
Jun 02, 2011 Barb rated it did not like it  ·  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.
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 did not like it  ·  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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Jeremy Gallen
Jan 03, 2016 Jeremy Gallen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this thriller, Detective Sami Rizzo, the only woman to reach the rank in the Major Offense Squad, is assigned to spearhead a force investigating a series of murders in San Diego, with the primary antagonist, Simon Kwosokowski, believing the Lord has granted him total authority to sanctify his victims with rituals terminated by crucifixion. Rizzo wishes to resolve the case while earning the respect of her male coworkers, although her desire to apprehend Simon independently leads to her own cap ...more
Susan
Dec 12, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They Never Die Quietly by D. M. Annechino Meet the serial killer, Simon, who is also a physical therapist. He’s a self-appointed savior of humanity, cleansing people one at a time in his Room of Redemption. After his third victim is found, Detectives Sami Rizzo and Alberto Diaz are assigned the case. The pressure is on as San Diego politicians demand results in the hunt for the killer.
This book started off pretty strong and interesting. The reader knows right from the start who the serial killer
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Marilyn R.
Dec 07, 2015 Marilyn R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They Never Die Quietly is the first of three books I will be reviewing featuring San Diego homicide detective Sami Rizzo along with her partner Detective Al Diaz. Each of the three deal with serial killers. Each serial killer is definitely creepy and got under my skin. Because of the way the victims were killed - and the reason for the killing - these books fall under the thriller category for me as I have a vivid imagination. They are just over the line - disturbing, but you should be able to s ...more
Teresa
Nov 12, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. Once I started it I couldn't stop. The book is about a Religious fanatic Simon, who kills women in front of their small children. He feels that killing these women purifies him. His mother who has been dead for years keeps telling him he is doing God's work.
Sami Rizzo is assigned to head the task force on the case of the murders. She wants to end the terror so much so that a handsome face clouds her judgment at first, before she becomes suspicious of the man who she is attr
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Victor Gentile
Dec 14, 2015 Victor Gentile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
D.M. Annechino in his new book, "They Never Die Quietly" Book One in the Sami Rizzo Series published by Createspace Publishing introduces us to Sami Rizzo.

From the back cover: Experience a new kind of terror. Meet Simon. This highly intelligent and deceptively charming physical therapist loves to touch people: “Inflicting pain through aggressive manipulation helped the healing process.” Simon has a secret calling. He believes that God has given him absolute authority to purify his unholy victims
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Dawn
Dec 28, 2015 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

I’ve always enjoyed a good mystery and They Never Die Quietly is no exception. I already knew I liked Daniel M. Annechino’s writing style because I’d read Hypocrisy, which I liked.

The characters are well developed. Sami is a good homicide detective even though that’s not her career of choice. She feels that she must be one because it was her father’s dying wish. Her partner, Al, is her best friend and they have helped each other throug
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Susan
Meet the serial killer, Simon, who is also a physical therapist. He’s a self-appointed savior of humanity, cleansing people one at a time in his Room of Redemption. After his third victim is found, Detectives Sami Rizzo and Alberto Diaz are assigned the case. The pressure is on as San Diego politicians demand results in the hunt for the killer.

This book started off pretty strong and interesting. The reader knows right from the start who the serial killer is and that also makes us privy to his mo
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Janet
Jun 01, 2010 Janet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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??
Amie Gaudet


~ I received a free copy of this audiobook from iRead Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Chilling, horrifying - a mother's worst fears exploited - one Hell of a book.

Detective Sami Rizzo is a single mother to an adorable two year old girl named Angelina. Like most mothers, Sami's whole world revolves around her daughter.

Sami also has a dead-beat ex-husband who seems to believe that child support and visiting his daughter is optional.

Despite the drama in her personal life, Sami must p
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Kim
Apr 23, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As disturbing as some of the content was, it was a book that was hard to put down.
Gmaharriet
Feb 03, 2016 Gmaharriet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I didn't read the reviews before I read this book. Some of the reviews were no better than tepid, and I enjoyed this book enormously. I knew it was the first published work by this author, and I was constantly surprised by the quality of his work.

I did deduct a star because of an unresolved glitch. Sami told Simon that her daughter was sleeping over at Al's place, but Simon knew where she was without being told. There were also two or three places where the sentence structure was such t
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Dhivya Balaji
FIRST IMPRESSION:

I have always been a fan of the thriller genre. Though there are many classifications under this broad topic, police procedural thrillers hold a special place in my heart - especially given the fact that I love James Patterson's books. Needless to say, a strong woman detective, police psychological thrillers and a good title and cover are reasons why I picked this book up.

The cover is simple in its brilliance. The bloody hand print is promising, chilling and of course made me w
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Thomas Edmund
Mar 12, 2010 Thomas Edmund rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2010 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
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
Jun 08, 2010 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2012 Stefani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback, swapped
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
Jul 21, 2013 Matt Allen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 30, 2012 Betty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mt-tbr
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.
Laurie
Apr 21, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enoyed it, going to read number two after a quick cheesy porn book. :)
The characters are good, fleshed out, and likeable. I don't usually appreciate toddlers in books, they are never accurate, this one stayed true through the whole book.
I am on an anti-series kick, but glad this one is, because i like them all enough to keep reading.
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