©2002 John Lutz; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Lutz's details concerning police procedure, fire-fighting techniques, and FDNY policy ring true, and his clever use of flashbacks draws the reader deep into the killer's troubled psyche....Unlike many authors in the genre, however, Lutz manages to present a fully realized villain who simultaneously inspires the reader's sympathy and revulsion." (Publishers Weekly)
...Do the cops in Lutz's books just kind of wonder around, doing little more than looking around at murder scene after murder scene without making any progress (at all)? Like Night Spider, be prepared for not much happening until (once again) luck saves the day about 90% of the way through.
The book is not badly written and Scott Brick is great as always, but it's frustrating to watch so little progress happen for so long.
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
I've loved every one of his novels even though I pretty know what the basic plot is going to be. This one just didn't hold up like the others. I was very disappointed. It went on too long and didn't have the kind of suspense I'm used to with this author.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
I was able to easily identify the Torcher with about three hours left in this novel but my deduction didn't detract from my listening pleasure. There's was plenty of action in this story and enough misdirection to keep the listener thinking. I personally enjoyed the character development and the relationship between Rica and Stack. I think Lutz created characters that you could empathize with and some that you could easily loathe. When all the loose ends were tied, there were some aspects that strained credulity, but most fiction does. And with Scott Brick doing the reading, it's hard to go wrong. A good listen.
Scott Brick is the best! I have many books narrated by him. This is my first John Lutz book and probably my last. GD and all the F bombs didn't add anything to the book but took away a lot! The story would have otherwise been interesting. What a shame that Lutz doesn't understand that.
His style is unique and his inflection is interesting. He is an excellent narrator.
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