Meet Detective Kevin Byrne, rising star of the Philadelphia police force. Christmas Eve, 1988: Partnered with streetwise veteran Frankie Sheehan, Byrne is called to investigate the brutal assault of a young woman in a crime-ridden neighborhood, The Devil’s Pocket.

There, with the rest of the city hunkered down in their holiday celebrations, relentless rookie Byrne must step out from his partner’s shadow to outwit a terrifying predator. It’s the beginning of a long career for Byrne, who will revisit the same vicious streets in Richard Montanari’s beloved Byrne and Balzano series. “A Christmas Killing” is a short story that includes an excerpt from Richard Montanari’s terrifying Byrne and Balzano novel, Shutter Man.

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Praise for Richard Montanari:

"A master storyteller. Be prepared to stay up all night."—James Ellroy
"Montanari weaves a mesmerizing tale."—Lisa Gardner
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