The Stolen Ones : Balzano and Byrne

  • by Richard Montanari
  • Narrated by William Hope
  • Series: Balzano and Byrne
  • 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Richard Montanari's chilling new suspense tale, a sealed-off network of secret passages connects all of Philadelphia to the killer hidden within.
Luther Wade grew up in Cold River, a warehouse for the criminally insane. Two decades ago the hospital closed it doors forever, but Luther never left. He wanders the catacombs beneath the city, channeling the violent dreams of Eduard Kross, Europe's most prolific serial killer of the 20th century.
A two-year-old girl is found wandering the streets of Philadelphia in the middle of the night by detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. She does not speak, but she may hold the key to solving a string of murders committed in and around Priory Park.
As the detectives investigate, more bodies are found at Priory Park, and they're drawn closer and closer to the doors of Luther's devious maze and the dark secrets of Cold River.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good book-would have been better with Scott Brick

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I don't know what is going on with some of my favorite authors these days. They come up with a winning author/narrator combination and then they switch narrators. All of Montanari's previous books have been narrated by Scott Brick who I thought performed them perfectly, Why the change to someone else?


Any additional comments?

This was really a good book. Richard Montanari's Bryne/Balzano team is always an exciting roller coaster of a book. From page one the listener or reader is on the edge waiting to find out "who done it". This book however gives one final shock at the end. When I thought the book was finished and was listening to the epilogue wrap everything up the last line in the book BLEW ME AWAY!!!! I had to go back and listen again, I could not believe what I was hearing. I will not spoil this for anyone and don't get me wrong, the rest of the book is good but this was GREAT!!! It's worth the credit.

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- shelley

Really, really awesome.

Would you listen to The Stolen Ones again? Why?

I would 100% listen to this novel again. It was as I said, totally awesome. Twists at ever turn, and you are guessing until the end. The narrator in my opinion is also very good-- he actually does the voices of the characters pleasingly AND when he speaks as the criminals, he is haunting!


What did you like best about this story?

I could almost guess what was happening, but then I would be wrong. It was highly entertaining and creepy. You could also relate to the characters on an emotional level since they are quite likable which makes the storyline even better.


Which scene was your favorite?

The end! The last three sentences. Just great.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was in shock! And it kept me up some nights since the thought of how the murderer reached him victims was just utterly terrifying to me.


Any additional comments?

Read it! But maybe not when you have to get to bed early.

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- lauren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio