I just finished Slaughter by John Lutz. It is the tenth book in the Frank Quinn series. To appreciate the storyline i would recommend that you read the first nine books in the series. Along with Slaughter they are all worthy of a 5 star rating. From guestbook in the series Darker Than Night the characters were well defined and the villains scenarios were edge of the seat interesting. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Typical effort by John Lutz. A bit rushed at the end. The serial killer's endgame was not fleshed out, and Pearl's involvement wasn't as clear as in other books. I am looking forward to the next installment.
The serial killers in John Lutz stories are always a bit strange, psychologically bruised from abused childhoods. One reader had a problem with the cities changing in various chapters and got confused - Lutz always dates those chapters regarding the killer's childhood or prior behavior (the killer also gives false names to the female victims he is seducing, but you soon find out his real name a couple chapters into the book). Anyway. although this killer is very off center, with physical deformities of his ears, stunted growth, and enjoys dominatrix whipping due to a lot of childhood beatings, the man's murders are described in such a straightforward manner by Lutz that you do not cringe too often while reading about things like dismemberment & evisceration of the dead girls' bodies. Not to minimize these horrors at all, just to say that I can always rely on Lutz for excellent crime fiction that takes me on a fast ride without grossing me out too badly, and I find the banter between Detective Frank Quinn and his police cronies very enjoyable. Though this story was mostly typical Lutz, the terrorism theory about NYC at the book's end seemed like an afterthought.
I have read the entire series and found the intermingling of the past to present in Slaughter the best. I also liked how more of the Quinn Q&A people were used it seemed to make the story flow better. I look forward to the next installment!