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Fear the Night | [John Lutz]

Fear the Night

He comes out when the sun goes down. He delivers death from the barrel of a rifle. He's made New York City his shooting gallery. Men and women, natives and tourists, young and old, have all been his victims. The press has named him The Night Sniper. He taunts those who would try to stop him, threatening to increase the body count unless legendary retired homicide detective Vin Repetto is willing to engage him in a lethal game of cat and mouse.
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Publisher's Summary

He comes out when the sun goes down. He delivers death from the barrel of a rifle. He's made New York City his shooting gallery. Men and women, natives and tourists, young and old, have all been his victims. The press has named him The Night Sniper. He taunts those who would try to stop him, threatening to increase the body count unless legendary retired homicide detective Vin Repetto is willing to engage him in a lethal game of cat and mouse.

Repetto paid his dues. Over 20 years on the force, obtaining a captain's rank and injured in the line of duty, he's earned his retirement. Yet he can't help feeling responsible for the lives The Night Sniper has taken, and will continue to take if his challenge remains unanswered. The decision is snatched from his hands when the next victim is murdered right before Repetto's eyes. Now, the game is truly set to begin, but The Night Sniper doesn't realize that they're playing by Repetto's rules

©2005 John Lutz; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Lutz skillfully brings to life the sniper's various victims." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Carol Memphis, TN, USA 05-16-06
    Carol Memphis, TN, USA 05-16-06
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    "Fear the Night"

    Well written, fast paced. Worth listening to. Would have liked a slightly different ending, but ultimately the author puts everything together well, drawing to a dramatic close.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joey Rae 04-17-06
    Joey Rae 04-17-06 Member Since 2005
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    "A Good Listen!"

    The Author manages to keep your attention from beginning to end. Although the ending was a little weak, for the many hours of suspenceful build-up, it was an enjoyable listening experience. My first John Lutz book and I was not disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Gordon New York, NY 02-18-06
    James Gordon New York, NY 02-18-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Gripping and Predictable"

    I really loved "Fear the Night" and Lutz does himself proud with the riveting story of the night stalker terrorizing New York City in a post 9/11 mindset. Nobody does this stuff better than Lutz and I am always eager to read and or listen to his brilliant predictability. Everything always turns out right and the good guys, often injured, just never bite the bullet. Still, in hindsight, while he keeps you enthralled all the way to the end, you never should have had any doubt that in Lutz-world the nice guys always win.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 05-12-06
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 05-12-06 Member Since 2005
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    "interesting angle: a solid 3/5"

    I really liked the "homeless" angle taken in this book ... it lead to a wealth of possibilities! Despite a slow start, it is worth sticking with the book to see the characters fully develop. There are however, too many of them so it is might be tough to keep up. Especially with the shifts back in time. A little crass at times and clearly "New York" blue collar.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Austell, GA, USA 04-16-06
    Brian Austell, GA, USA 04-16-06
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    "Worth the time"

    I thought this book was pretty good however the ending could have been a little better. All in all it was worth the time and I would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela G. 03-06-06
    Angela G. 03-06-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Like-a-ble"

    Not bad. Lots of good things in it but could have been a better ending. All in all, good narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Essary LEANDER, TX, US 02-23-06
    Deborah Essary LEANDER, TX, US 02-23-06 Member Since 2001
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    "compelling"

    As an avid mystery/thriller listener, I found this book exceptional. It has all the right formulas, action, suspense, murder, intrigue, sex, comedy, and, an excellent plot. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend this listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas E. Norman Denver 09-23-14
    Thomas E. Norman Denver 09-23-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent read"
    What did you love best about Fear the Night?

    I liked the suspense.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Waiting for the hero to catch the serial killer.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott is most excellent in his narration


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Lancaster, PA, USA 02-26-06
    David Lancaster, PA, USA 02-26-06
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    "Fear the Night"

    I felt this was one of John Lutz's best books. This book kept me sitting in my car listening until a chapter was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 06-06-06
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 06-06-06
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    "The Pits!!"

    I'm amazed that other folks liked this book. The story could have been told in 5 paragraphs, but you have to slog thru 6 hrs. It's slow, boring, really poorly written, and evidently unedited. I don't even like the narrator, but that may be the book and not his fault.

    I've never read any other books by Lutz, so I can't compare. But don't waste your money on this one.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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