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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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    Shane Maple Valley, WA, United States 01-10-15
    Shane Maple Valley, WA, United States 01-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved every minute of it!"

    I could not turn it off. Very good book! I never wanted my drive home to end.....I love this series!

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    Maryellen 12-02-14
    Maryellen 12-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Scott Brick ruins the book."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I finished it because I felt I had to. I really found it predictable.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Lutz before, how does this one compare?

    Read his first. This lacked a surprise ending.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    I would try to avoid a Scott Brick book.


    Could you see In for the Kill being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Tom Selleck as Quinn~John Goodman as his partner~


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    David 09-18-14
    David 09-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Does the narrator have a breathing disorder?"

    He seems to end most sentences with a gasp. Once noticed this is very distracting (like trying to guess if he's going to do it this sentence, or is it influenced by consonants or vowels, etc.).

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    Yuvett Parkville, MO, United States 05-16-14
    Yuvett Parkville, MO, United States 05-16-14

    I was very lonely as a teen and books were my escape. Thanks to my father who introduced me to the love of reading.

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    "Wanting more insight on ending"
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    John Lutz first book in the series had me on the edge of my seat! I love Frank Quinn series but this one lacked for a better word an imaginative ending. The thought of a madman dismembering his victims would send chills down anyone spine. I did rate the book overall a good score because of the thought and detail that went into the storyline but for me personally the ending was kind of what I expected with a feeling of unfinished storyline on the killers side. The audio is "graphic" just to inform those who may not like that type of book like I do. I will be purchasing the next in the series this book didn't disappoint just unfinished to me.

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    Ineshia 04-03-14
    Ineshia 04-03-14 Member Since 2013

    Love life!

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    "Great Read!"
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    John Lutz has the best twists in his books. I am really enjoying this series. I never want to get out my car and Scott, as always does a marvelous job with narrating. John is moving up the list of my favorite authors, Gillian Flynn and John Grisham. I'm looking forward to finishing this series an reading some of his other work.

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    Gary Regan New York 01-25-13
    Gary Regan New York 01-25-13 Member Since 2014

    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

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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.

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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.

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    Bob Maryland, USA 12-18-09
    Bob Maryland, USA 12-18-09 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    Kim Nixa, MO, United States 09-11-09
    Kim Nixa, MO, United States 09-11-09 Member Since 2013
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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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