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In for the Kill | [John Lutz]

In for the Kill

A madman is stalking women in the city. By the time his victims are found, they've been dismembered with careful precision, their limbs stacked into a gruesome pyramid and completely cleansed of every last drop of blood. Accustomed to working on the most grisly homicides, detective Frank Quinn's nerves don't rattle easily. But when the last names of the killer's victims spell out "Q-u-i-n-n", the veteran cop feels a chill run down his spine.
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Publisher's Summary

Frank Quinn, the relentless detective who made his debut in John Lutz's acclaimed thriller Darker Than Night, faces his toughest and most personal case yet.

An invitation written in blood...A madman is stalking women in the city. By the time his victims are found, they've been dismembered with careful precision, their limbs stacked into a gruesome pyramid and completely cleansed of every last drop of blood.

To catch a killer - or die next...Accustomed to working on the most grisly homicides, detective Frank Quinn's nerves don't rattle easily. But when the last names of the killer's victims spell out "Q-u-i-n-n", the veteran cop feels a chill run down his spine. Then a fresh victim is linked to the one woman Quinn can't stop desiring. Hunting down killers is what Quinn does best. But this time, Quinn is up against a psychopath that will test him as never before.

©2007 John Lutz; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"A very scary and suspenseful read." (Booklist)
"Lutz gives us further proof of his enormous talent for crafting great police fiction." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Gary Regan New York 01-25-13
    Gary Regan New York 01-25-13 Member Since 2009

    With Lotsa Love from gaz regn

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    "Is this a parody?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend this book to ayone who might enjoy what seemed to me to e a parody of a hard-boiled cop vs serial killer story. The conversations were cynical beyond belief, and there are character inconsistencies throughout the book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story was fast paced and filled with tension, even though I found myself laughing out lous at some of the things that were said. I'm paraphrasing here, but there was one sentence that went something like, "She was average looking, but if she managed to grow much older in this lousy world of ours, there was a chance she'd be pretty one day."

    Why is this world of ours so lousy? I don't know, but every character in this book seemed to agree with that premise.

    And veryone in this book is also jaded; they all hate each other; they are tired of life, and none of them treats anyone else with even a modicum of respect. Still though, they are so over the top, they made me laugh, so . . .


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Scott Brick did a great job of differentiating the characters, simply be giving each one of them a distinct accent and/or speech pattern. and he also gave me the impression that he was aware of how over the top this book is, so he read it with so much attitude that I swear I could see him laughing all the way home from the studio.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite everything I hated about this book, it kept me riveted to the story, and I've no doubt that I'll sample atr least one more of Lutz's books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    larry miami beach, fl, United States 12-15-12
    larry miami beach, fl, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "formulaic if you have read other Quinn books"
    What did you like best about In for the Kill? What did you like least?

    Great story, well told and lots suspense.


    Would you recommend In for the Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes if they hadn't bought any other books featuring Quinn but as for buying more of them I'd tell them to keep in mind the phrase "a distinction without a difference".


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Pearl Krasner's mother


    Was In for the Kill worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Lutz's books featuring Detective Quinn are a good read or listen if you limit yourself to one. I won't be buying any more of them. If I have to listen how Federman's sleeve becomes unbuttoned and his fashion sense once again I'll go mad. The same descriptions of the main characters are used over and over again and remain unchanged in other books. The same repetitive plot as well: the villain is transformed into a serial killer by an earlier experience and must re-enact it and make it a contest against Quinn. I enjoyed the first book but then tedium set in, so no more for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Lockport, IL, United States 05-18-12
    Lynn Lockport, IL, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen"
    What did you love best about In for the Kill?

    The narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Quinn, he is so calm and cool


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    He did a pretty good job with Pearl


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found myself feeling sorry for Sherman, his mother was really nuts!!!


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that really bothered me with this audio was the woman that came on between downloads. She had the worst lisp. Can't they find someone who has a proper way of speaking. I found myself thinking so much about this woman's lisp, that I missed the first several paragraphs. Send this woman to speech therapy, or get someone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Maryland, USA 12-18-09
    Bob Maryland, USA 12-18-09 Member Since 2005

    Bob

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    "Great story, Gory great good read excellent listen"

    You will stay out of the shower and avoid soap after you read this. The story is spell binding. The reader is Scott Brick, need I say more. Like some authors he ends poorly or tries too. He makes a good landing. This is not like Koontz's The Husband, Terrible ending. This book kept me in the car so I could finish it. You will enjoy the book if you do not mind body parts. Happy reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Nixa, MO, United States 09-11-09
    Kim Nixa, MO, United States 09-11-09 Member Since 2004
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    "In for the Kill"

    A bit drawn out sometimes, but I really liked this book and of course, Scott Brick did a great job

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    Judy Castana, IA 03-10-09
    Judy Castana, IA 03-10-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Book!"

    I read reviews. Took a chance on this one but I really liked the book. Loved Scott Brick as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Chicago, IL, United States 02-18-08
    Karen Chicago, IL, United States 02-18-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Unbelieveable"

    This was the most unbelieveable, disconnected, disappointing book I have ever listened to. I kept praying that it would get better and perhaps an interesting twist would arise. No, no, and no. Can I please give half a star?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barry F. Stinson The Dalles, OR 12-24-07
    Barry F. Stinson The Dalles, OR 12-24-07 Member Since 2003

    masterfundi

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    "A Winner!"

    This is my first John Lutz/Scott Brick collaboration, and it certainly won't be my last. An edge-of-the-seat thriller, with a few surprises along the way. I couldn't stop listening, and finished in 2 days!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 11-20-07
    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 11-20-07 Member Since 2002

    Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.

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    "I liked it"

    but not that much. Not enough for 4 stars. Grisly murders and a fairly predictable plot. Some of the interpersonal relationships just don't add to the story. The climax was suspenceful but in a irritating , come on, get on with it fashion.
    Not the best I've read but not the worst.

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    Cheryl Houston, TX, USA 11-18-07
    Cheryl Houston, TX, USA 11-18-07
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    "In for the Kill"

    I don't know if it was me or what, but I still can't name all of the characters of this book. I listened to the first part at least 4 times. When I listened to the last part I would just shake my head and say where did that person come from? I don't remember him. I can't wait to read other reviews and see what others thought. I did not like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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