The Doll Maker

by Richard Montanari

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The Doll Maker Synopsis

Mr Marseille is polite, elegant, and erudite. He would do anything for his genteel true love Anabelle. And he is a psychopath. A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. And there she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Strangled. Beside her is a formal invite to a tea dance in a week's time. Seven days later, two more young victims are discovered in a disused house, posed on painted swings. At the scene is an identical invite. This time, though, there is something extra waiting for Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. A delicate porcelain doll. It's a message. And a threat.

The Good Book Guide Review

The Doll Maker is another winner for the always-reliable Richard Montanari. In this unsettling narrative, Mr Marseille is a well-spoken, well-turned-out and intelligent man devoted to his beloved Annabelle. He has, however, one major character flaw: he is a major-league psychopath. In a quiet Philadelphia suburb, a woman discovers a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench; she has been strangled. Beside her, bizarrely, is a formal invitation to a tea dance in a week’s time. Shortly afterwards, more victims begin to turn up, similarly posed. It’s up to detectives Byrne and Balzano to crack a particularly challenging case. Richard Montanari may not be in the very upper limits of sales echelons, but he’s one of the best thriller writers around.

The Doll Maker Press Reviews

'Taut, propulsive and darkly gripping, Montanari is a master of suspense and The Doll Maker is a fiendishly haunting thriller.' Chris Ewan, bestselling author of Safe House


'This'll give you the shudders ... Brilliantly gripping.' Peterborough Telegraph


'Montanari is fast becoming the master of murder macabre; no phantoms, no vampires, no supernatural forces at work in these thrilling crime novels, just terrifying, complex, compelling psychopaths who knock other fictional killers into a hangman's hat.' Lancashire Evening Post


'Top psycho fare' Weekend Sport

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ISBN: 9780751549317
Publication date: 14/08/2014
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780751549317
Publication date: 14th August 2014
Author: Richard Montanari
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites,

About Richard Montanari

Richard Montanari is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Devil's Garden, Play Dead, The Rosary Girls, The Skin Gods and Broken Angels, as well as the internationally acclaimed thrillers Kiss of Evil, Deviant Way and The Violet Hour. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. To find out more about Richard Montanari visit his website at

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