The Killing Room, by Richard Montanari (William Heinemann, RRP $35):
I stumbled across the dark mind of author Richard Montanari via The Skin Gods, his fifth novel. Since then I’ve enjoyed the next five, with each one a little more disturbing than the last.
In the latest Byrne and Balzano novel, The Killing Room, the detectives are called to a gruesome crime scene, where an abandoned church has become a killing room.
What at first appears to be a single, random act of ultimate violence quickly shows itself to be so much more as a second body is found, then a third.
This is classic Montanari, full of creepiness and nastiness that will make your spine tingle and the hairs on the back of you neck stand up.
It’s also a compelling read and in places, quite poetic – in a grisly, blood-thirsty kind of way.
Recommended reading on a stormy night.