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Kiss of evil : a novel of suspense
Montanari, Richard.
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First edition.
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New York : William Morrow, [2001]

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294 pages ; 24 cm
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The assassination of a dirty cop. The fiery suicide of a fashion model. The ritual sacrifice of a street hustler. The 17-year-old murder of a corrupt man. On the surface, they seem unrelated. Yet experience has taught Detective John Salvatore Pans that appearances are deceiving, and he sets out to unravel the truth. As he is drawn to the epicenter of this dark mystery, he finds that these horrors are hard-wired directly into the soul of an ancient and unspeakable evil.In a chilling race against the clock, and with no one he can trust, Paris must somehow trap a twisted psychopath -- knowing in his heart that sometimes, in order to catch a monster, one must summon the monster within.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

As twisted and gory as Montanari's previous two suspense outings (The Violet Hour; Deviant Way), this no-holds-barred thriller once again features Cleveland homicide detective Jack Paris, this time pitted against a man who mutilates and dismembers his victims, then marks them with the symbol of a dark branch of the Afro-Caribbean religion Santeria. Though each murder is as savage as the next one victim is castrated, another scalped, another disemboweled there is little to connect them in terms of motive. As Paris's investigation flounders, he uncovers a possible link to the murder of Det. Michael Ryan two years earlier. The fashion model accused of killing Ryan was acquitted of the crime and later committed suicide, but Paris is convinced she was guilty and believes she may have something to do with the man the press is calling the "voodoo killer." Among Ryan's possessions, a handwritten note "Evil is a breed" points to the dark history of the killer, revealed in flashbacks and culminating in a grotesque torture scene that mimics the ravenous swine episode in Thomas Harris's Hannibal. As the body count rises and the chameleonesque murderer threatens Paris personally, a sinister tale of delayed revenge emerges. Only by plunging deep into the sexually charged depths of his gruesome case does Paris get a grip on a solution. Those with a yen for viscera and violence will appreciate Montanari's scalpel-like narrative skills. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved