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Play Dead

(2008)
(Badlands)
(The fourth book in the Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne series)
A novel by

 
 
Philadelphia police detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are working a new beat: the Special Investigations Unit, aka the cold case squad. Ironic, given that it's the height of a blazing hot August. But even these hardened homicide veterans are chilled to the bone as a dormant murder case stirs to life - leading Byrne and Balzano into the dark heart of their city, their souls, and a psyche of pure evil.

Months before, a teenage runaway's body was found in the desolate, dangerous North Philly district dubbed the Badlands. Dead runaways were no novelty on these mean streets, but the Caitlin O'Riordan case was different. Her corpse was found in the basement of a rancid tenement apartment, the inexplicable cause of death: drowning. In the end, nothing was solved and the case was closed.

Now a confession to the bizarre murder on the police tipline sends Byrne and Balzano rushing to make an arrest. But instead of a killer, they discover a ghastly scene: a jar containing human remains'"along with a cryptic clue leading to an unlikely witness. Laura Somerville lives far from the squalor of the Badlands, and seemingly light-years from any connection to a murdered runaway. But moments after discussing the case with this elegant lady, Byrne and Balzano make another grisly discovery, and find an enigmatic word spelled out in Scrabble tiles.

Across town, another victim's shallow grave reveals deeper mysteries. Her secret diaries portray a woman haunted by a shocking past, and obsessed with finding a depraved killer.

Now, as the body count grows, a terrifying design literally takes shape. Pieces of a gruesome puzzle are being set into place by the cruel hands of a madman using the city as his game board. His playthings are the innocent, and his opponents'"and pawns'"are Byrne and Balzano, who must, before time runs out, decipher the truth about a shadowy house of horrors and its elusive master.

Internationally acclaimed author Richard Montanari works his black magic to spine-tingling perfection in Badlands, conjuring all the relentless suspense, dark twists of intrigue, and full-throttle action that make his brilliant, engrossing novels required reading for thriller fans.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

February 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Badlands (Thorndike Large Print Crime Scene)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 1-4104-1314-4 / 978-1-4104-1314-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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August 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Badlands: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-345-49242-0 / 978-0-345-49242-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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August 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: Play Dead (Byrne & Balzano)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-434-01602-0 / 978-0-434-01602-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

August 1964 : Paperback
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Title: By Richard Montanari (BADLANDS: A NOVEL OF SUSPENSE) BY Montanari, Richard(Author)Mass Market Paperbound Aug-2009
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
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August 2009 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Badlands: A Novel of Suspense (Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-345-49243-9 / 978-0-345-49243-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Play Dead: (Byrne & Balzano 4)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-09-953862-8 / 978-0-09-953862-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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April 2009 : Paperback
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Title: [(Play Dead)] [ By (author) Richard Montanari ] [April, 2009]
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Play Dead
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-09-949979-7 / 978-0-09-949979-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: PLAY DEAD.
Author(s): Montanari Richard
ISBN: 0-434-02037-0 / 978-0-434-02037-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
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Audio Editions

December 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Badlands: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House Audio
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December 2008 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Badlands: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House Audio
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December 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Badlands: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House Audio
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December 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Badlands: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2008 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Play Dead: (Byrne & Balzano 4)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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August 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Badlands: A Novel of Suspense (Byrne and Balzano Book 4)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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