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The Killing Hour | [Lisa Gardner]

The Killing Hour

A serial killer watches and waits. Each time, he takes two victims, preparing the first's body with all the clues the police need to find the second, who is still alive. The clock ticks, and the second one can still be saved. But the police never make it in time. The second one dies. For years, the killer has plagued the city with the same pattern, but the police never pick up on it quickly enough.
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Publisher's Summary

A serial killer watches and waits. Each time, he takes two victims, preparing the first's body with all the clues the police need to find the second, who is still alive. The clock ticks, and the second one can still be saved. But the police never make it in time. The second one dies. For years, the killer has plagued the city with the same pattern, but the police never pick up on it quickly enough. Now, two girls have disappeared in the midst of a daunting heat wave. Rookie FBI agent Kimberly Quincy knows the killer's deadline can be met. But she'll have to break some rules in order to beat an exceedingly vicious criminal at a game he's had years to perfect.

©2003 Lisa Gardner, Inc.; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With tight plotting, an ear for forensic detail, and a dash of romance, this is a truly satisfying sizzler in the tradition of Tess Gerritsen and Tami Hoag." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mina Brown Dallas, TX United States 02-20-05
    Mina Brown Dallas, TX United States 02-20-05 Member Since 2001

    Coach Mina

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    "Captivating--it hooks you!"

    I love it when I find an audio book that I can't stop listening to. This is one of them. I would find myself sitting in the car in the garage just to listen to more of it. The characters are richly described and "real". You will really like Kimberly and Mac, Quincy (her father) and Raney. The settings are so well described, you can almost smell them. And above all, the plot is tight and the mystery compelling. I highly recommend this book.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 08-23-05
    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 08-23-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Book is EXCELLENT, Narration, not so good"

    I read some of the other reviews, and I agree with those who had a problem with the narrator. Her "voices" for male characters really is rather silly - sort of like a child trying to talk like a "grown up" on the phone. However, don't let this stop you from listening. Eventually, you'll get used to it, and focus on the book itself.

    This has to be one of the better mystery novels I've listened to in a long while (aside from Nelson DeMille). The story was intense, graphic and rather nerve-racking in parts. The basic premise is a killer on the loose who stalks young women. He waits for them outside of a bar, lays nails near their car tires, and when they pull over for the flat, he offers to help. Once they are out of the car, he shoots them with a tranquilizer gun. He kills one girl, and plants clues on her as to where he will abandon the other. Then he leaves the other girl in a remote area with only a bottle of water and her wits to survive long enough for the detectives to find her IF they can interpret the clues correctly and in time.

    The story is suspenseful and has some terrific twists. For once, I didn't figure out the killer ahead of time. Toward the end, I was crazy to know what would happen.. I couldn't stop listening to this story - bad narration or not. Give it a try and find out for yourself what a brilliant mystery writer Lisa Gardner is.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jill B. 02-28-09
    Jill B. 02-28-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator=Horrible, Author=Great!"

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Lisa Gardner. I like both of her series & I wish she had penned even more novels. I HATE HATE HATE the narrator. Anna Fields is very laughable at her straining attempts to do male voices. I had read Say Good-Bye before listening to this & I must say that I had never invisioned Mac's voice to sound anything like that! She makes him sound like he has no brains. When she starts speaking more quickly, she actually does a better job because I think she forgets who she is trying to be. If you like a good murder mystery, like Kellerman, Connelly, Cornwell, or Slaughter, you will like this, but you might consider reading the actual book over the audio version.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 11-03-04
    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 11-03-04 Member Since 2004

    All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!

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    "Totally Satisfying!"

    Lisa Gardner is a master of suspense. This was a great "sink your teeth in" book. More, more, more!! The reader makes it an extra pleasure.

    25 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Good book, horrible narrator!"

    I really enjoyed this book. However, the narrator is horrible. Going forward, I will probably read her books vs. listening. The narrator was monotonous and managed to make all of the male characters sound stupid and uneducated. I would suggest finding a narrator that can make the story come alive!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    nas 02-19-09
    nas 02-19-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "love the author...can't take the narrator"

    I LOVE this author!! however, I'm finding it tough to get through this book on audio..thinking of buying the paperback....her voice is so monotonous....doesn't change a bit between characters, or situations. I find myself rewinding because I'm spacing out. It's never happened with any other book.
    Just finished "say goodbye"...it was awesome! kept me listening into the night.
    I think this story will be just as good but I now know a narrator can make all the difference.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 11-30-12
    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointing!"

    I have enjoyed every book I have read by this author so I was so disappointed in this book. It drawn out, repetitive and did not keep my attention. It was a CHORE to listen to this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Baker Toronto, ON, Canada 05-09-12
    Baker Toronto, ON, Canada 05-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the author...am not enjoying the narrator!"

    As I write this, I am trying to get through the rest of the book (about 1/2 way through). I am not enjoying the narrator, not at all. It pains me to say it because I'm sure she tried hard to capture the essence of each character by changing her voice, however, it's really falling short of my expectations.

    I've been listening to Lisa's books for the past 2 months (listened to the entire D. D. Warren series-which were excellent!) but for this one, I am s-t-r-u-g-g-l-i-n-g and I am not certain I will be able to finish it.

    Something for you to consider if you are thinking of downloading this book.







    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    amber LEANDER, TX, United States 03-23-12
    amber LEANDER, TX, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "droll narration"
    Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or Anna Fields?

    I love Lisa Gardner but I cannot stand the narrator's inflection and voices.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator just about put me to sleep.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's still a Lisa Gardner book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Smyrna, GA, United States 03-13-12
    Brooke Smyrna, GA, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The narrator was UNBAREABLE!"
    Any additional comments?

    The narrators attempts to do the male voices were laughable. I wish I had listened to the sample before I purchased the book. I would not have purchased it. I honestly don't even want to finish listening and I'm not even half way through.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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