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Publisher's Summary

Frank Quinn, the relentless detective who made his debut in John Lutz's acclaimed thriller Darker Than Night, faces his toughest and most personal case yet.

An invitation written in blood...A madman is stalking women in the city. By the time his victims are found, they've been dismembered with careful precision, their limbs stacked into a gruesome pyramid and completely cleansed of every last drop of blood.

To catch a killer - or die next...Accustomed to working on the most grisly homicides, detective Frank Quinn's nerves don't rattle easily. But when the last names of the killer's victims spell out "Q-u-i-n-n", the veteran cop feels a chill run down his spine. Then a fresh victim is linked to the one woman Quinn can't stop desiring. Hunting down killers is what Quinn does best. But this time, Quinn is up against a psychopath that will test him as never before.

©2007 John Lutz; (P)2007 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"A very scary and suspenseful read." (Booklist)
"Lutz gives us further proof of his enormous talent for crafting great police fiction." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • larry
  • miami beach, fl, United States
  • 12-15-12

formulaic if you have read other Quinn books

What did you like best about In for the Kill? What did you like least?

Great story, well told and lots suspense.

Would you recommend In for the Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes if they hadn't bought any other books featuring Quinn but as for buying more of them I'd tell them to keep in mind the phrase "a distinction without a difference".

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Pearl Krasner's mother

Was In for the Kill worth the listening time?


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Lutz's books featuring Detective Quinn are a good read or listen if you limit yourself to one. I won't be buying any more of them. If I have to listen how Federman's sleeve becomes unbuttoned and his fashion sense once again I'll go mad. The same descriptions of the main characters are used over and over again and remain unchanged in other books. The same repetitive plot as well: the villain is transformed into a serial killer by an earlier experience and must re-enact it and make it a contest against Quinn. I enjoyed the first book but then tedium set in, so no more for me.

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  • Lynn
  • Lockport, IL, United States
  • 05-18-12

Great listen

What did you love best about In for the Kill?

The narrator

Who was your favorite character and why?

Quinn, he is so calm and cool

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

He did a pretty good job with Pearl

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found myself feeling sorry for Sherman, his mother was really nuts!!!

Any additional comments?

The only thing that really bothered me with this audio was the woman that came on between downloads. She had the worst lisp. Can't they find someone who has a proper way of speaking. I found myself thinking so much about this woman's lisp, that I missed the first several paragraphs. Send this woman to speech therapy, or get someone else.

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  • Bob
  • Maryland, USA
  • 12-18-09

Great story, Gory great good read excellent listen

You will stay out of the shower and avoid soap after you read this. The story is spell binding. The reader is Scott Brick, need I say more. Like some authors he ends poorly or tries too. He makes a good landing. This is not like Koontz's The Husband, Terrible ending. This book kept me in the car so I could finish it. You will enjoy the book if you do not mind body parts. Happy reading.

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  • Kim
  • Nixa, MO, United States
  • 09-11-09

In for the Kill

A bit drawn out sometimes, but I really liked this book and of course, Scott Brick did a great job

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Good Book!

I read reviews. Took a chance on this one but I really liked the book. Loved Scott Brick as narrator.

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This was the most unbelieveable, disconnected, disappointing book I have ever listened to. I kept praying that it would get better and perhaps an interesting twist would arise. No, no, and no. Can I please give half a star?

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Only if you're a fan

This is the second audiobook by this author that I’ve listen to and both have left me questioning if I want to continue with any more of his books. In both cases the stories have interesting themes but things seem too slow and anticlimactic for a suspense type novel. Furthermore, the villains move through the story doing their evil with an unrealistic nearly supernatural ease.

This author does not seem to tell an intriguing story like the “earlier” Michael Connelly novels nor do they deliver the satirical comic wit of authors like Nelson DeMille. This is not a “bad” audiobook but definitely not one I’d listen to again.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A Winner!

This is my first John Lutz/Scott Brick collaboration, and it certainly won't be my last. An edge-of-the-seat thriller, with a few surprises along the way. I couldn't stop listening, and finished in 2 days!

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  • Jesse
  • Creston, NC USA
  • 11-20-07

I liked it

but not that much. Not enough for 4 stars. Grisly murders and a fairly predictable plot. Some of the interpersonal relationships just don't add to the story. The climax was suspenceful but in a irritating , come on, get on with it fashion.
Not the best I've read but not the worst.

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  • Cheryl
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • 11-18-07

In for the Kill

I don't know if it was me or what, but I still can't name all of the characters of this book. I listened to the first part at least 4 times. When I listened to the last part I would just shake my head and say where did that person come from? I don't remember him. I can't wait to read other reviews and see what others thought. I did not like it.