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The Skin Gods

(2006)
(The second book in the Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne series)
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With the breakneck pacing and intricate plotting of his most recent novel, The Rosary Girls, Richard Montanari established himself as one of the most exciting suspense writers working today. Now he proves himself a virtuoso with The Skin Gods, an explosive new thriller featuring Philadelphia homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano.

It is the steaming heart of summer in the City of Brotherly Love. Back on the force after taking a bullet during the arrest of a sadistic murderer, Detective Kevin Byrne warily returns to police headquarters. He cannot shake the memory of the Rosary Killer's innocent victims-or his growing sense that the evil has not been vanquished. And when he and his partner, Detective Jessica Balzano, are called in on a bizarre case, Byrne's gravest suspicions are confirmed.

A madman, dubbed The Actor by the homicide unit, is meticulously re-creating Hollywood's most famous-and most gruesome-death scenes. The first murder is caught on film, spliced into a rented VHS edition of the Hitchcock black-and-white masterpiece Psycho. But in place of Janet Leigh is a real-life woman, and this time, the blood is red and the knife is real. Soon, more thrilling classics are turned into terrifying snuff films and placed on video store shelves for an unsuspecting public to find.

The key to this horrific puzzle could lie with any of The Skin Gods' supporting cast: the A-list Hollywood director, the ruthless executive assistant, the convicted mass murderer-or perhaps someone else who has made a sinister art of gruesome violence.

Hot on the psychopath's trail, Balzano and Byrne descend into the mouth of madness and beyond, deep into the depraved underworld of S&M clubs and the porn industry, where the worship of flesh leads to malevolent evil. Before the final credits roll, the investigators will discover that none of The Actor's victims are as innocent as they appear to be, and that the clue the police need to prevent future murders might be found in Detective Byrne's own dark past.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

April 2007 : UK Hardback

Title: The Skin Gods (Charnwood Large Print)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 1-84617-694-8 / 978-1-84617-694-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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August 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Skin Gods
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-434-01394-3 / 978-0-434-01394-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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March 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Skin Gods: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-345-47097-4 / 978-0-345-47097-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Skin Gods: A Novel
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-7394-6632-1 / 978-0-7394-6632-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Skin Gods: A Novel (Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-345-47098-2 / 978-0-345-47098-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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February 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Skin Gods: (Byrne & Balzano 2)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-09-948689-X / 978-0-09-948689-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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January 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: THE SKIN GODS by Richard Montanari
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-345-49859-3 / 978-0-345-49859-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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August 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Skin Gods
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-434-01395-1 / 978-0-434-01395-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Audio Editions

July 2008 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Skin Gods
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-7531-3156-0 / 978-0-7531-3156-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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July 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Skin Gods
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 0-7531-3157-9 / 978-0-7531-3157-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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March 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Skin Gods: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Books on Tape
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March 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Skin Gods: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Skin Gods, the (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
ISBN: 1-4159-3009-0 / 978-1-4159-3009-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

November 2008 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Skin Gods: (Byrne & Balzano 2)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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March 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Skin Gods: A Novel of Suspense (Byrne and Balzano Book 2)
Author(s): Richard Montanari
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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