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Manhattan Plagued by Terror: Red Ribbon Killer Rampages!

The third outing in the gripping Mancuso-O’Brian murder mystery series, this case is particularly fascinating, Watson - because it’s about to get personal! Meticulous NYPD cop-turned-private eye Joey Mancuso is called in to help the Midtown South precinct solve a series of brutal murders targeting young professional women. 

Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy once said: “Murder is not about lust, and it’s not about violence. It’s about possession”. It's a notion that haunts the NYPD when three isolated strangulation cases leave the midtown unit stumped. Case #1 at first seems to be an eve of kinky sex gone wrong. But when second and third bodies turn up - this time with the sign of the cross carved into their breasts - New York’s finest think they have a serial killer on their hands. There couldn’t be a better time to call in wry private investigator Joey Mancuso and his brother, Father Dominic O’Brian. 

Joey finds himself grasping at straws - and concocting a psychological profile of his killer, thanks to some tips from his FBI agent sometime-girlfriend. Why the gruesome carving of the crucifix? And why are all the murders so close to NYPD’s Midtown South Precinct? The more Joey digs, the more he realizes his victims aren’t simply the victims of patterned sex crimes, but of a narcissistic psychopath gunning for someone - someone with ties to the precinct, perhaps. 

With a little help gentle and guidance from his brother Father O’Brian, Joey and his ragtag team of investigators race the clock from their new digs behind Captain O’Brian’s Irish Pub to catch their killer. 

Author Owen Parr has modeled his heroes after Holmes and Watson, and all the Doylesque markings of a head-scratching, heart-racing puzzler lie in these pages. But not only fans of Holmes, but also of the gritty police procedurals by Raymond Chandler, Joseph Wambaugh, Lawrence Block, and Rex Stout will gobble up the series.

©2017 Owen Parr (P)2017 Owen Parr

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Fantastic PrIvate Investigator Procedural series...

This is the third book in the Mancuso/O'Brian series. I really like the other two books but I actually think this one is the best.
In this book someone is setting up dates with women whose jobs are in or on the periphery of law enforcement. After convincing them to experiment sexually they are then raped, cut and killed. The murderer uses a red ribbon to strangle and leaves behind fibers. Joey Mancuso and Father Dominic O'Brian's PI Agency is hired by the NYPD to consult on the case. Other then ribbon fibers there is no forensic evidence and the thought is that maybe the killer is in law enforcement. Meanwhile Joey Mancuso's girlfriend Marcy has still not been able to return to her job with the FBI due to injuries she got in the last book. During the course of his investigation in the red ribbon murders he notices the murdered women all resemble Marcy. There the book takes a predictable turn but towards the end it takes another turn that is not so predictable. This did keep me on the edge, both for the mystery and wondering if a prominent character from books 1 & 2 was going to be killed off.
Although each of these books can be read as a stand alone I would recommend reading them in order as there is some follow through. I've also noticed that as the series continues the plots are becoming more complex and the books are getting longer.
The narrator has changed in this book from the first two to Fred Filbrich. I thought he did an excellent job.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.
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Book 3

This is the third book in the series. Mancuso and O'Brian are suspense to listen to . A serial rapist/killer is on the loose and he is killing victims that look like the love of his life. Mancuso is forced to make decisions and play from behind like he always is as he tries to keep another person from falling victim to this murderer.

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Great modern detective series gets even better!

I listened to Owen Parr's first three novels and was not very impressed. Then with his 4th novel, the first in the Mancuso and O'Brian series titled A Murder on Wall Street, Parr hit upon a series concept that is pure gold. Homicide Detective Joey Mancuso and Catholic priest Father Dom O'Brian are brothers (same mother). Father O'Brian inherited an Irish pub in Manhattan from his family. Mancuso left the police department and the brothers form Mancuso-O'Brian Investigations which mostly consults for the NYC police department. So now the brothers run the bar and investigate murders.

All three novels in the Mancuso and O'Brian series easily earn 5 stars, but the second is better than the first and the third (this one) is even better than the second one. For those who like the suspense mystery genre, this series is must listen.

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great Priest and Detective !

just sorry Owen Parr's books are SO SHORT!
Please write longer novels, i am going onto next in series... have now acquired all 8 and as much as I feel cheated, only because the book ENDS... still enjoying.
love Joey's sense of wry humour and Padre's sound grounded management of Joey... a Padre with odd interests... Mysteries... fun! Also the unusal setring for Detective Offices.. great.. different and keeps making me want to DRINK along 😅

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Awesome story

I loved the story but hated the narrator. He was very monotone and it was almost impossible to tell when he was another character.

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pretty good

I really like the characters and the twist and turns and the unexpected surprises.

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Good story, poor narration

I listened to the 1st 2 books of the series and loved them. Then, for some unknown reason, they changed the narrator on this, the 3rd in the series. I loved the voice of the 1st narrator, Stefan Rudnicki. Changing the narrator can be (and was) very unsettling and distracting to an avid audio book fan.

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Great story, mediocre reader

This is my third Joey Mancuso story and I'm buying more. Great story, ending with a twist. This narrator doesn't flow. His delivery is jerk with pauses in the wrong place. But he's not the worst. I'll buy the next book.

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Stunner

Very captivating story. I couldn't wait for the next chapter. I have to admit didn't see the ending coming. Great listen!

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Great Story! Secrets Revealed

Owen Parr is an extremely talented author. I love this series. Both the characters of Joey Mancuso and Father Dom O'Brien are so endearing. I loved how this book had some really unexpected twists (especially at the end). The storyline was easy to follow, yet has great depth and character development. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was my favorite of the series so far. It is a standalone listen. Fred Filbrich performed the book wonderfully. He delivers distinctive voices for the various characters. Without giving away spoilers, I can say that I did not see the twist at the end. Kudos to the author revealing who the serial killers were.

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Not as captivating!

I’m not sure why, but I’m not as enthralled by this story as I was by the previous 2 (& I was disappointed by the ending of the last one).

This was not enjoyable - the FBI folk got on my nerves (even Victoria was badly written - and I liked her character ordinarily)!

I’ll take a break before reading the next one!