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The Night Watcher | [John Lutz]

The Night Watcher

Someone is killing wealthy Manhattanites. One by one, the victims are discovered in luxurious high-rises bound, gagged, and brutally murdered in the "safety" of their own homes, by someone whose modus operandi is as horrifying as anything NYPD Detectives Ben Stack and Rica Lopez have ever seen.
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Someone is killing wealthy Manhattanites. One by one, the victims are discovered in luxurious high-rises bound, gagged, and brutally murdered in the "safety" of their own homes, by someone whose modus operandi is as horrifying as anything NYPD Detectives Ben Stack and Rica Lopez have ever seen. As they investigate the cruel deaths, they have no idea that they are being watched from the shadows, observed by a cunning murderer picking up all the clues necessary to stay one step ahead of the police while perfecting a deadly craft. And when a pattern slowly emerges, the detectives realize that the killings aren't the random acts of a maniac, but the personal campaign of someone bent on retribution, someone who's been watching closely and knows their case too well.

©2002 John Lutz; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Bill Middlebury, VT, United States 07-06-05
    Bill Middlebury, VT, United States 07-06-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Is it just me or..."

    ...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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 07-28-08
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 07-28-08 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Predictable but entertaining"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Very Good"

    I like this author. Lots of suspense. Good reader.

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