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Publisher's Summary

There's a twisted serial killer stalking the streets of New York City, dealing his own perverse version of justice. He kills swiftly and silently, leaving his calling card: a red "J" on the bodies of his prey. His victims have one thing in common: they've all been jurors in the city's most infamous cases; cases in which the killer was found "not guilty". Overnight, the Justice Killer has the city in a stranglehold. And there's only one man who has a shot at finding him.

Homicide detective Artemis Beam made his reputation hunting down serial killers. After getting shot by an armed robber, and stepping on the wrong toes in the NYPD, he's been retired. The city needs him now, and finding the killer is his chance to get back into the life he loves. As the body count climbs and the city's legal system fails, the Justice Killer thinks he's outsmarted the cops. But Beam isn't officially a cop anymore...and he doesn't have to play by the rules.

©2006 John Lutz; (P)2006 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Lutz delivers a solid thriller with typical skill and style....[He] breathes fresh life into this genre piece by keeping the suspense high and populating his story with a collection of unique characters that resonate with the reader." (Publishers Weekly)

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Good Read

The reading as usual by Scott Brick is very good and the story line moves steady but fast, and the strongest vote i can give any mystery, thriller is of course that you wont guess who the killer is til the last pages, if someone says they did know they are flexing their ego's at best.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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teeth clenching suspense

Excellent suspense novel by Lutz. characters so well developed you can feel your heart beating with them. Scary and exhilerating. Kudos to Lutz.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Joseph
  • Bristol, PA, United States
  • 09-21-08

Good listen

This was a interesting book to listen to. Listening was enhanced with the readers ability put the right inflection at just the right time. You'll enjoy. Great story that will intrigue you and make you want more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ramona
  • 10-07-07

Enjoyed It

I enjoyed this one on a long trip. It was interesting, but not too fast to keep up with while driving. I'm definitely starting to enjoy this author more and more with each book of his I read/listen to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Emil
  • Walton Hills, OH, USA
  • 07-26-10

Chilling both night and day

Lutz continues to weave horror into the serial
killer genre.Quinn and company stalk the stalker
as cat & mouse turns sicker while creative killing
rolls off the tounge of Scott Brick as if he enjoys the kill as well as the villian.I hope more Quinn is on the way , I'LL keep my ears

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandy
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • 09-12-08

Wouldn't recommend it!

Sorry but I thought this was way to slow and could not hold my intrest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Salem, OR, USA
  • 02-12-07

Do Not Recommend It

After listening to the author's audiobook, "Night Spider," I liked it enough to gamble on this. I am also a fan of the narrator, Scott Brick. This audiobook just does not deliver. It goes into the lives of too many characters, with story lines that after 10 hours of listening, have not yet converged. Although the idea of a "Justice Killer" righting wrongs by murdering those who set other killers free was intriguing, the author fails to create any plausibile scenarios.

I simply did not care what happened to any character and only finished listening to it in order to find out who dunnit. Not only will I avoid John Lutz's books in the future, it will be a long time until I get another one narrated by Scott Brick.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't get past the drama,

it may be a good read but not a good listen. Too much drama. Every phrase is dramatized...

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Felt like I was reading a Frank Quinn novel where the names were just changed.

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Good Listen

I liked this book.