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Darker than Night

Darker than Night [Kindle Edition]

John Lutz
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"Lutz is rapidly bleeding critics dry of superlatives."


To catch a killer... or die trying

A murderer dubbed 'The Night Prowler' has turned the city that doesn't sleep into a town kept awake by terror. Unseen, he enters couples' home. Unsuspected, he lingers until the perfect moment arrives. And then he leaves 'gifts' for his victims - before taking their lives.

Ex-homicide cop Frank Quinn is still reeling in the wake of an elaborate set-up that ended his career. For Quinn, tracking this killer isn't just any job - it's a last chance to salvage his reputation. And with the body count rising, it's up to Quinn to unlock the mystery of a madman's past and end his bloody reign.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 677 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 544 Seiten
  • Verlag: C & R Crime (7. März 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0090K0EC0
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The "something other" thriller. 18. Oktober 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Couldn't put it down. What I didn't like - it leaves part open for a follow-up
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Cheers for Darker Than Night 25. Oktober 2004
Von Marilyn Davis - Veröffentlicht auf
I loved this book. In Darker than Night, John Lutz has written an eminently readable thriller. This is a tightly woven web of plot line and character development leading to a surprising conclusion. Characters, including police, victims, and killer are all intelligently and realistically drawn, with just enough red herrings to keep the reader a bit off balance. Particularly interesting is Frank Quinn, the disgraced detective who is brought back to the department to track down a serial killer who is targeting and brutally murdering happily married couples. And the back story of the "Night Prowler," himself, is intriguingly planted throughout the book, shading the edges and giving it depth. This thriller provides all the anticipated suspense, plus a bonus--truly well written prose. Thank you, Mr. Lutz, for an altogether excellent read.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Darker Than Night 11. Januar 2011
Von Melissa Beaird - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This book is about a serial killer who enters occupied homes and kills the couple who reside there, all while leaving little to no evidence of his presence.

Enter Frank Quinn, disgraced ex-cop, who is approached to return to the NYPD to solve this case. Frank teams up with his old partner, as well as Pearl, another detective within the department. Two officers with troubles of their own.

Frank's target? "The Night Prowler", a serial killer who manages to enter homes, eat from the refrigerator and leave gifts while the occupants sleep. Ultimately murdering the couple before the final visit is over.

On the pro side:

I really liked the back story of the serial killer. I found it interesting (possibly the best part of the book) and still managed to find myself surprised by the Night Prowler's identity.

Additionally, I liked the Frank Quinn character. He was well written, likeable and despite having been let go under a cloud of suspicion, seems to be a good cop.

The book moved very fast and kept my attention the whole time, a plus for any book.

On the con side:

I found a lot of the story to be unbelievable. Primarily, prior to their murders, the Night Prowler leaves gifts behind for the wives and even though both husband and wife deny having purchased them, they never seem to believe each other. For some reason they believe their spouse purchased it and is being coy about it, or playing some game for a reason only known to them. Even if they do believe that the other one didn't buy it, nobody seems overly concerned that someone clearly is able to gain entrance to their homes. I might buy one of the couples feeling that way, but all of them? Then, the one woman who does become suspicious and calls police, is thought to be a hysterical housewife.

While I liked the Frank Quinn character, it seemed pretty absurd to me that after having been accused of committing a terrible crime, forced to leave the department, having his wife leave him and turning into a raving alcoholic while living in an apartment that makes port-a-poppies seem nice, could simply be approached and hired back on the say so of one person on a part time provisional basis. Also, is Frank truly the only person who can solve this crime? That's their best bet at capturing the Night Prowler?

Frank's partners were not much in the way of the characters. Frank's old partner, whose name I can't even remember, may as well not have even been in the story. There wasn't much memorable about him one way or the other. Pearl, the other detective, just wasn't that likeable. It's not that I disliked her, but I didn't like her either.

In the end I gave it three starts because it was a quick, interesting read, and really I read to be entertained.

The two stars I didn't provide were basically because of the lack of believability. I'm not asking for a completely realistic story, but still, something a little more believable would have made it a much better book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Bad! Bad! Bad book! 4. November 2005
Von John - Veröffentlicht auf
Ok, so all the couples killed have recently moved into new apartments and/or had decorating done. Yet it doesn't occur to the police to check who's been in and out recently. The murdered women find mysterious gifts inside their apartments, yet they don't have their locks changed and the police don't look into who might have had access to keys. The murdered couples hear intruders in the middle of the night, yet they don't call 911.

Gimme a break!

Just a really badly plotted book. Pretty much a mediocre example of the serial killer mystery genre.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Insulted my intelligence 23. November 2013
Von Steve N - Veröffentlicht auf
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Aside from being totally unbelievable from a police procedural standpoint, (a detective forced to resign for molesting a child is somehow assigned to a serial killer case), Mr. Lutz rearranges a scene he earlier described in depth. Mr. Lutz describes a scene involving a murder, then a couple hundred pages later, changes the circumstances he described earlier to make his far fetched plot work.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good story telling with some minor flaws 27. Oktober 2009
Von Mike Fickling - Veröffentlicht auf

Frank Quinn returns as the skilled but fatally flawed ex-homicide detective whose career was ended by an elaborate conspiracy involving department politics and cops on the take. His life is a mess; he lives alone within the confines of a bottle, unable to clear his name and unwilling to recover. Eventually, he is coerced into teaming up with two detectives that are just a step ahead of him on the career ladder (meaning still employed, albeit barely) to stop a serial murderer who has New York City in a state of panic.

The third body is being discovered by the time Quinn and associates get involved. The murderer has a distinct modus operandi - stalking his prey, learning their daily patterns, getting intimately involved in their lives and even leaving them gifts that he knows they desire. He then enters their home unnoticed, leaving the gifts and causing conflict between the couple.

In the early morning hours, after entering the homes of the victims and observing them in their sleep, the killer lures his victims into the kitchen and brutally murders them, following a very distinct pattern. As the body count continues to rise, Quinn and company find themselves in the center of the storm, unable to uncover the clues that can stop the murders. * * *

My Two Cents Worth

This was my first read by John Lutz and from the beginning I couldn't help but think of the similarities of Quinn and Tom Selleck's character Jesse Stone in some of the serial movies of late. Talented big-city detective, recently divorced, out of work and suffering from drinking problems, making one last stand to restore his credibility, etc. Not a bad thing - I like them both.
That being said, I thought the relationship between Quinn and Pearl worked well - their similarities brought them together and you feel sure that the very same thing will drive them apart at some point. I thought Lutz developed their characters and their relationship satisfactorily.

I also liked the the story line in general, but found it to be a bit repetitive, with every crime being virtually identical. I thought there was room for some slight variations on the part of the killer to provide measured clues that would move the story along a bit. I had some problems with the fact that the killer could enter the victims residence on several occasions, leave gifts, and loiter for an extended period before violently murdering them without leaving a single clue. The CSI teams that have invaded our television sets have made skeptics of us all.

I expected the killer would eventually face an alarm system as he entered the home in the middle of the night, or that at least one of the victims would have made a call to 911 when they heard someone in their kitchen. This lapse of logic jumped out at me as the fourth and fifth victims were eradicated. I was also surprised that there didn't seem to be more action on the part of the NYPD to get involved in finding the killer. It doesn't make much sense that the entire case was left to these three maligned individuals and the wise-cracking medical examiner.

These lapses of reality aside, I did enjoy the book, primarily because of the lead character, Quinn. Give Lutz a try; a nice easy read from a talented storyteller.

541 pages
7 hours
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