Kill... or be killed. Frank Quinn is a decorated ex-cop. A former homicide detective specializing in tracking serial killers. Now his niece, Carlie Clark, needs help. Someone is stalking her, and the NYPD can’t stop him. A blonde, blue-eyed beauty, Carlie fits the victim type of the killer who’s been terrorizing women — leaving them bound, gagged, and tortured with surgical precision. To win against the most personal adversary of his career, Quinn will have to set the perfect trap. All he needs is the perfect bait….
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If youve ever read or listened to a Lutz book, mainly the Quinn series, you know what you will get stem to stern, every time. With that said, they always hold my attention and when I finish Im always waiting for the next. I love Quinn maybe as good as any of the more popular ficticious detectives/ex detectives runninig around out there in the fiction world. I also like Pearl and Feds, Quinn's partners as they are nice comic relief from time to time with their bickering. And scott brick did another great job here just like always. These two make a great team. 4 out of 5 for me
I love the recurring cast of characters Lutz has populated his Detective Quinn series with. They are vivid, quirky, and show some wear and tear that's realistic. The weakest link is Pearl's mother who gets more and more tedious with every book.
There's a glimmer of a good serial killer M.O. in this book but it seems forced and sorta silly, ultimately.
I always recommend Lutz to my friends with strong stomachs. Lutz is HARSH so unless you're one of those who appreciates that (especially when it comes to violence against women) steer clear. One of the things I like most about Lutz is his willingness to push the boundaries.
I won't lie. I LOVE Scott Brick. I will jump at any book he narrates. Something about the timbre of his voice and his great female voices ( never over played and deal breaker for me) really hooks me. His is TOP NOTCH and has become the voice of Lutz. He has narrated most if not all of the Quinn series.
Always worth listening to a Quinn story. But the killer in this one was rather half baked and the resolution felt rushed and unsatisfying. Especially since Lutz has set such a high bar for himself. The narrative also suffered with the addition of some lack luster new characters that I hope are gone by the next novel.
Read Lutz! He's sick, harsh and usually brings the pain in every novel. But this one was a bit of a let down. But still better than most of the hard boiled serial killer stuff out there.
Electric twists and turns!
Frank Quinn is a hunter who understands the complex minds of serial killers.
Scott Brick is a narrator who builds incredible suspense with his skillful understanding of
pace and timing.
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
I am torn, I liked the beginning, the middle and was disappointed toward the end. That is why the story got only three stars.
I am not sorry that I bought it, but it is not a book that I would listen to again.
I will buy the next John Lutz book.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Twist was great and exciting all the way through. I liked how, Lutz, stayed focussed on the story without going into a lot of background, the characters just naturally developed while you got to know them. This is not a who done it, you are aware of who the killer is and are, at times, listening to his inner thoughts. The killings are gruesome and are explicitly described, so readers beware. As aberrant as the killer was I found myself somewhat sympathetic towards him while at the same time extremely disgusted.
I was happy that the characters personalities were not to over the top as some detective books tend to be. The narrative was done very well and I will be looking for another one in this series. Recommended but not for the squeamish.
Lutz' books to date are all very formulaic; the plots somewhat similar. Having said that though, I enjoy them. The writing is tight; you never get bored or think that the part you are reading should be shortened. If anything, a little more development might make for a 4.5 star read. The plot moves on at a great pace from past to present and back again until the two collide. This is not great literature, but the dialogue is snappy and there's a sprinkling of black humour to lighten the blood and gore of which there is plenty. All in all a good read which I recommend to those who are not squeamish.
I enjoy John Lutz novels and he is definitely a skilled writer, however he seems as though he's tiring of the Frank Quin series and just using his same ol' storyline to whip out a "pay check". This particular story had the same familiar characters saying pretty much the same things and doing pretty much the same things.
The story started out with much potential and excitement, however became tiresome and just petered out at the end. Almost seemed as though the ending was abridged. Very predictable. I found this especially disappointing, as Lutz introduced a character whom could have livened up the ending, however the character just disappeared from the storyline and was put to no use. Not even "Red Herring" status.
Scott Brick did his usual fantastic read.
I would have given this book 4 stars, but rate it 3.5 for Lutz just phoning in another predictable read.
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