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Ritual Pembunuhan Religius - The Rosary Murderer (Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne #1)

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Empat orang gadis muda ditemukan tewas mengenaskan dengan rosario di tangan dan tanda salib di dahi mereka. Leher mereka patah, dengan tangan dimur dalam posisi berdoa. Dan mereka bukanlah yang terakhir...


Menjelang Paskah, kota Philadelphia digemparkan oleh pembunuhan berantai. Korbannya adalah para siswi sekolah Katolik. Pembunuhan dilakukan dengan cara yang amat keji
Paperback, 604 pages
Published 2007 by Dastan Book (first published January 1st 2005)
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Im thinking a 4-5 for this book.WOW!Sprawling beneath the statue of William Penn, Philadelphia is a city of downtrodden crack houses and upscale brownstones. Somewhere in this concrete crazy quilt, one teenage Catholic girl is writing in her diary, another is pouring her heart out to a friend, and yet another is praying. And somewhere in this city is a man who wants these young women to make his macabre fantasy become reality. In a passion play of his own, he will take the girls–and a whole city ...more
João Carlos
“As Raparigas do Rosário” escrito pelo norte-americano Richard Montanari (n. 1952) é o primeiro livro da dupla de detectives Jessica Balzano e Kevin Byrne na “Philadelphia Series”.
A magnífica capa da edição da Editorial Presença em tons de azul, em que se vê parcialmente uma rapariga, com as mãos juntas, envolvidas por um rosário, a rezar, com uma camisa de noite, deixa antever um thriller misterioso repleto de emoções e de violência brutal.
A história é construída lentamente, com uma série de cr
Neide Parafitas
Uma vaga de crimes está a ter lugar na cidade de Filadélfia.

Raparigas que estudam em colégios católicos são encontradas mortas, com as mãos aparafusadas. Estas seguram um rosário, onde se verifica que estão em falta algumas das suas contas. Existe todo um ritual minuciosamente preparado que deve cessar antes que o ciclo esteja completo!

Adorei este livro! É um policial carregado de pormenores religiosos que trazem consigo o suspense necessário até que a última página seja virada e que fará certa
Maria João Fernandes
O autor Richard Montanari estreia-se em Portugal com o livro "As Raparigas do Rosário". No entanto, o escritor de thrillers e policiais, argumentos e inúmeros ensaios para publicações de renome, publicou a sua primeira obra "Deviant Way" em 1995 (infelizmente sem tradução em Português).
"As Raparigas do Rosário" é um romance fascinante que destaca o lado sórdido e obscuro da alma humana. A obra dá inicio a uma série cujos protagonistas são os detectives Kevin Byrne e Jessica Balzano, detectives d
Robert Beveridge
Mar 21, 2011 Robert Beveridge rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Catholic schoolgirls
Richard Montanari, Rosary Girls (Ballantine, 2005)

I always approach a new (well, new-to-me) ongoing mystery series with trepidation. Not because I fear I'll hate it. In fact, I have a lot fewer problems with those I hate, since I can just abandon them. But, you see, I'm a reader of George R. R. Martin. I've waited ten years for what is, essentially, volume four of A Song of Ice and Fire (A Feast for Crows, which popped up six years ago, was the first half of volume four. A Dance with Dragons, su
Gostei muito deste livro, mas...
Os detectives estão muito bem caracterizados e despertam a nossa simpatia, pela sua coragem e fragilidade.
O enredo está muito bem construído, levando-nos a “devorar” página após página na ânsia de descobrir o final.
Mas... eu gosto de assassinos com personalidade...
The first thing I want to say is, I have definitely found my favorite genre of books, thrillers/murder/mystery. It's been a while since I have read one. This is a new series. I received this book from a bookcrossing member several years ago. Why didn't I read this sooner? The setting is Philadelphia. I don't know much about Philadelphia. I've only been there as a layover for a flight to someplace else. I relate this town to a biography I read about a famous model/drug addict who died of aids, Gi ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Kevin Byrne is a veteran cop who he’s been living on the edge for far too long. His marriage failing, his former partner wasting away in a hospital, and his heart lost to its own mad fury, Byrne is breaking every rule in the book.

Now, he has been given a rookie partner, the daughter of a famous Philly cop. Jessica Balzano doesn’t need Byrne’s kind of help, but they need each other desperately. Because they’ve just caught the case of a lifetime. Someone is killing devout young women, bolting thei
A fast paced, gripping thriller guaranteed to keep the pages turning. A new partnership is formed in the Philadelphia police department. Jessica Belzano is new to the homicide squad, partnered with veteran detective Kevin Byrne they soon have their hands full with a grisly murder.

A young girl is found, her hands clasped in prayer, a rosary in her death grip. So begins a killing spree where the only common theme seems to be religion. Each of them attends Catholic school. However, although the M.O
Diana Marques
I love crime stories and this one is definetly one of my favourites.
Eva Witmer
Yippee! I found this book on the Goodreads website and loved it! I enjoyed the characters and the mystery. The story is about newly promoted to the Homicide Unit of the Philadelphia Police force, Jessica Balzano and her partner Kevin Byrne. On the first day of the job, Jessica catches a homicide of a teenaged girl murdered with her hands bolted together and holding a rosary. This turns out to be the first in a series of similar murders and Jessica and Kevin must solve the case of the Rosary Kill ...more
THE ROSARY GIRLS is a solid conventional police procedural that pits its protagonists against a heinous spate of crimes that surprisingly spans a short period of time. Throughout the course of a week, new homicide detective Jessica Balzano and her seasoned partner Kevin Byrne are haunted by the ghosts of the Rosary Killers victims; searching for answers in holy places to solve unholy acts of horror.

As the first book in the Balzano and Byrne series, THE ROSARY GIRLS reads rather deep. Byrne is a
This is my first foray into Richard Montanari; no idea if he’s published before this or not, though it’s a first-in-a-series novel, introducing Detective Byrne and his rookie partner Jessica. In this, their first dual case, someone is murdering and mutilating young Catholic schoolgirls. A brutal crime with a religious/blasphemous edge isn’t exactly a new idea in the genre, and I wasn’t expecting much, but I was surprised and pleased to find a solid, clever story behind door number one, and a dén ...more
Wayne Simmons

God Help Them ...

In the most brutal killing crusade Philadelphia has seen in years, a series of young Catholic women are found dead, their bodies mutilated and their hands bolted together. Each clutches a rosary in her lifeless grasp.

Veteran cop Kevin Byrne and his rookie partner Jessica Balzano set out to hunt down the elusive killer, who leads them deeper and deeper into the abyss of a madman's depravity. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams - and vanish just as quickly. Whi
Sian Wadey
The Rosary Girls by Richard Montanari

Right from the off, I didn't like Kevin Byrne which was one of the main reasons I only gave this three stars. I thought he was a thug and he twisted the law to suit himself, but the addition of Jessica saved this book. She's a likable character, even if she's unrealistic. There were also more characters than necessary, extra cops that I don't think added anything to the book.
The plot on the other hand was good. I felt like Montanari had done his research abou
Izzatur Rahmaniyah
If I have a heartache, I'm sure I will get heart attacks when reading this novel. It's truly an amazing mystery thriller. The story is very interesting and makes me get goosebump. I actually interested in the motive of the murderer. How could he kill some Catholic girls using very sadistic ways? Tessa, Nicole, and Bethany were murdered. And the murderer did something terrible with their hands. There is a rosary circled on their hands. There are also some clues that show where the next dead body ...more
This is a quick and involving read, with characters sketched in and then given a bit of form as the story progresses, and gruesome murders to liven the narrative when things start to flag.

However, the lack of actual progress made by the police leaves them looking largely inept, and the male detective's wishy-washy psychic ability seems even to embarrass the writer, as it pales as the story progresses, as if he's unsure what to do with the device once he's introduced it.

While Montanari keeps the
Shauna Tyndall
The Rosary Girls reminded me of an episode of Criminal Minds or C.S.I: N.Y. The characters were all interesting, and the plot was well thought out. I was, however, just a little disappointed when the identity of our killer was revealed. Don't get me wrong, it was certainly plausible and ended the story neatly, but I always prefer books were the killer turns out to be the cool, unshakeable psychopath. The killer in this, while a touch crazy, has a very definite reason as to why he started his kil ...more
Dev Singer
I liked the fact that it was clear the characters had lives before the book, but I don't like how forced the backstories were and the Byrne subplot did not make me like him at all. I also hate the fact that one of the people had to die. It was interesting, but by the end I wanted to scream at Jessica for leaving Sophie alone in the house. Seriously - if there are problems at home, take her over to this babysitter that you keep praising for being able to watch Sophie at the drop of a hat!
Four-stars for the quality of writing and intriguing, likeable protagonists. The book is pretty dark, nothing cute or quirky about it and I liked that for a change. Think the author cheats a bit with the ending and the reveal of the serial killer's identity (Montanari actually commits what's considered a cardinal sin in mystery writing - pun intended) but can't say more without giving away too much. Also, kind of a big "duh" moment for two smart detectives when it takes them until near the end o ...more
Jay Jessmer
After reading "Badlands" I had to double back to the first Byrne/Balzano book. I AM HOOKED. Seems like the reviews lump this in the old "love it or hate it" category. I'm obviously in the former here.
Montanari gets it. Much like John Sandford, he understands what fans of this genre like, and delivers. The pacing is swift, the characters are imperfect and balance each other, the plotline keeps you interested and guessing and it makes you want more.
Byrne has the edge you like in a detective and
Tim Warner
I was thoroughly taken in by Richard Montanari. He is probably the "darkest" of the crime writers I read, but he is also a great writer. However, this book was a big disappointment. It contained all of the elements of a serial killer thriller except a genuine "soul" to the book. It is as if Montanari applied all of the tricks and techniques used to produce a riveting page-turner that I can't put down and yet failed in the most crucial of ways. The bones and the flesh are there, but no heart, no ...more
Galen Johnson
Veteran homicide detective Kevin Byrne and novice homicide detective Jessica Balzano are the primary investigators on the homicide of a young Catholic school girl killed and then posed in prayer in the basement of an abandoned ghetto building in Philadelphia. It is Holy Week, and within days it is apparent that the killer has abducted and killed multiple school girls. Numerous false leads frustrate the detectives, who are both dealing with personal trials of their own.

Suspenseful, with believabl
A suspenseful thriller that hooks you instantly.

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In the most brutal killing crusade Philadelphia has seen in years, a series of young Catholic women are found dead, their bodies mutilated and their hands bolted together. Each clutches a rosary in her lifeless grasp.
Veteran cop Kevin Byrne and his rookie partner Jessica Balzano set out to hunt down the elusive killer, who leads them deeper and deeper into the abyss of a madman's depravity. Suspects appear before them like bad drea
I have mixed feeling about this book when I first saw it in my friend's hands but boy isn't this is one awesome crime/thriller book. I don't really know what makes a crime book a good book, but this is my second time, as long as I can recall (after 'Before I Go to Sleep') that set my heart beating so fast towards the end because I am so very scared and confused as hell as who's the killer. The conclusion I can make is that as long as I couldn't figure out as who's the killer is, the book's good ...more
This was a new author to me - several people recommended it. It is the story of a pair of homicide detectives - one a new female officer - who have a serial murderer of Catholic school girls. There were several side plots going on which I found added richness to the story whilst creating tension as the main story is put on hold for a chapter. The plotting is well-crafted and I did not guess the murderer, plenty of twists, red herrings and danger. My only comment is that it was slighlty more grue ...more
I found this book at Goodwill the other day. The title alone, spoke to me, but the blurb on the back by James Ellroy promising "satisfaction" clinched it. So, to make this fast, if a serial killer kidnapping Catholic school girls, bolting their hands together and sewing up their vaginas and posing them in Station of the Cross scenarios during Holy Week appeals to you, then this book is for you. The end was a bit Lifetime Movieish at times, but I'm willing to forgive that minor lapse. And the pro ...more
I was looking for a gory, serial killer mystery and found it in The Rosary Girls. I was in a "serial killer" sort of mood, and while this wasn't necessarily a GOOD book, it had what I was looking for and had enough cheap thrills that I would consider it a page-turner. The characters were interesting, but underdeveloped, and I had the mystery mostly solved by the middle of the book, knowing full well that the author was trying trip me up. All in all, it wasn't great, but it was entertaining... li ...more
That 3 star rating is really a 3.5 star because I couldn't decide if I liked it or really liked it, so I split the difference. When I started this book I wasn't sure I was going to continue with it. The beginning is pretty dark, with sex trafficking and the actions of a cop who has clearly crossed the line. I opted to go on and I'm glad I did. The action is pretty much non-stop and the plot twists are significant. I certainly had no idea who the killer was until the reveal, as Mr. Montanari drag ...more
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