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The Rosary Girls

(2005)
(The first book in the Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne series)
A novel by

 
 
The scene is carefully set--a teenage parochial school girl, artfully posed in death with her arms chained around a graffiti-scarred pillar, clutching a rosary and a picture of a religious painting by Robert Blake. The next three murder victims are found in similar tableaus, each one suggesting the next in a string of calculated killings whose themes are foretold in the sorrowful mysteries familiar to Catholic scholars. It takes Philadelphia detective Jessie Balzano back to her own adolescence and a priest who understands what the grisly slayings are about, but by the time she realizes who's next on the murderer's list and why, time has nearly run out for Jessie and her own daughter. Along with her new partner Kevin Byrne, a former superstar cop with his own secret past and a disturbing tendency to read killers' minds, Jessie makes a strong debut in Montanari's uneven, overwrought thriller, whose Gothic touches--like "living ghosts hovering in darkness, hollow-eyed and craven" in "a Gethsemane amid the cracked concrete and rotten wood and ruined dreams" to describe the abandoned cellar where the first crime took place, for example--too often overpower an otherwise satisfying read. --Jane Adams

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

November 2006 : UK Hardback

Title: The Rosary Girls (Charnwood Large Print)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 1-84617-502-X / 978-1-84617-502-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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February 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Rosary Girls: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-345-47095-8 / 978-0-345-47095-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Rosary Girls
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-7394-5097-2 / 978-0-7394-5097-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: History Book Club/Ballantine
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Paperback Editions

February 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rosary Girls: (Byrne & Balzano 1)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-09-948688-1 / 978-0-09-948688-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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February 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Rosary Girls: A Novel (Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-345-47096-6 / 978-0-345-47096-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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February 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rosary Girls
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-434-01555-5 / 978-0-434-01555-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Australia
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Audio Editions

February 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Rosary Girls: (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 1-4159-1653-5 / 978-1-4159-1653-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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February 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Rosary Girls
Author(s): Richard Montanari
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February 2005 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Rosary Girls
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2005 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Rosary Girls
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2005 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Rosary Girls
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Rosary Girls: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2005 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Rosary Girls: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2005 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Rosary Girls: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2005 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Rosary Girls: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Rosary Girls: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-7393-1786-5 / 978-0-7393-1786-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
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January 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Rosary Girls: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-7393-1787-3 / 978-0-7393-1787-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Rosary Girls: A Novel of Suspense {Unabridged Audio}
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 1-4159-1566-0 / 978-1-4159-1566-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

September 2008 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Rosary Girls: (Byrne & Balzano 1)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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February 2005 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Rosary Girls: A Novel of Suspense (Byrne and Balzano Book 1)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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