One of The New York Times‘s 10 Best Crime Novels of 2016
Plagued with a rare disease that prevents him from recognizing faces, Billy carries a photograph in his pocket that is his only way of identifying his next target. Killing is in Billy’s bloodline, as a member of Philadelphia’s dangerous Farren crime family.
While Billy stalks Philadelphia, Detective Kevin Byrne is assigned to a series of bizarre home-invasion cases and is joined by his former partner–turned–assistant district attorney, Jessica Balzano. Their investigations circle Byrne’s childhood neighborhood of Devil’s Pocket, and they find themselves revisiting a crime from Byrne’s past that has haunted him for decades. What Byrne witnessed as a child in Devil’s Pocket jeopardizes the Farren family—which makes him the next target on Billy’s hit list.
A multigenerational story of hardship, guilt, and redemption, Shutter Man is Byrne and Balzano’s most tense and personal case to date.
Richard Montanari was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a traditional Italian-American family. After university, he travelled Europe extensively and lived in London, selling clothing in Chelsea and foreign-language encyclopedias door-to-door in Hampstead. Returning to the United States, he started working as a freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, the Seattle Times, and many others. His novels have now been published in more than twenty-five languages.
“There’s a lot of flawed humanity in Devil’s Pocket. . . . Richard Montanari’s elegiac tone takes the curse off Shutter Man, a blood-drenched thriller about a group of imperfectly domesticated boys who came from the same blighted neighborhood and grew up to become criminals and killers—and cops. . . . Pay special mind to Detective Kevin Byrne, the ethically conflicted hero of Montanari’s gripping police procedurals.” —New York Times Book Review
“A bit like Memento for Philadelphia” —New York Daily News