Darker Than Night (Frank Quinn Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Darker Than Night



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

Enter ex-homicide cop Frank Quinn, still reeling in the wake of an elaborate setup that ended his career. For Quinn, this isn't ...

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Darker Than Night (Frank Quinn Series #1)

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Overview

Darker Than Night



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

Enter ex-homicide cop Frank Quinn, still reeling in the wake of an elaborate setup that ended his career. For Quinn, this isn't just any job--it's a last chance to salvage his reputation. As the investigation proceeds, the murderer loses no time stalking new prey: a loan officer and her high-earning husband;a couple who made a killing in the stock market;a pretty actress and her prosperous lover.


With the body count rising, it's up to Quinn to unlock the mystery of a madman's past and end his bloody reign. Quinn's got his work cut out--because in a city the size of New York, any one of 8 million faces could be that of a killer--or his next target. . .


Praise for John Lutz and The Night Spider



"Lutz offers up a heart-pounding roller-coaster of a tale."--Jeffery Deaver


"I've been a fan of John Lutz for years."--T. Jefferson Parker






"John Lutz just keeps getting better and better."
--Tony Hillerman


"Some writers just have a flair for imaginative suspense, and John Lutz is one of them. . . truly superb."
--Jeremiah Healy


"John Lutz is the new Lawrence Sanders."
--Mystery Scene


"Lutz knows how to seize and hold the reader's imagination."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer


"Lutz's real gift is to evoke detective work better than anyone else."
--Kirkus Reviews



"Lutz is among the best."
--San Diego Union


"It's easy to see why he's won an Edgar and two Shamuses."
--Publishers Weekly





A multiple Edgar and Shamus Award winner--including the Shamus Lifetime Achievement Award--John Lutz is the author of over 40 books. His novel SWF Seeks Same was made into the hit movie Single White Female, and The Ex was a critically acclaimed HBO feature. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

A killer dubbed "The Night Prowler" is terrorizing the citizens of New York City, slipping unseen into homes and committing murder.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786027125
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Series: Frank Quinn Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 902
  • File size: 593 KB

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    The Boogeyman Cometh

    This book brought out all the old fears of childhood, you have a serial killer who is killing happy couples in Manhattan, before he does that, he leaves subtle gifts for them and the NYPD calls on Quinn who has been sitting disgraced for a crime he didn't commit, or did he? The way that this book is constructed it made it almost impossible to put down, the suspense built up until the last forty pages, I couldn't put the book down. The story managed to be plausible but unique; the characters were likeable and managed to be complex without being overly complicated. I feel like the moments between when "The Night Prowler" strikes are like being pulled from water and the plunged under again. You know that it is coming; you know it will happen but when it does, you find yourself blindsided. The best part about it is the ending was completely satisfying. Great Read!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2009

    Absolutely LOVE IT!!!

    This is one of the best suspense novels I have ever read. Lutz keeps your attention by having multiple characters in this story. Slowly he lets you in to a character and as soon as you get adapted to that character, he switches to another character and when you get adapted to this one he switches back...then he takes you high and slowly bring you back down& when you begin to think "ok i'm tired of this..it's dragging..its.. BOOM!!" tragedy happens. This book has an awful lot of characters which makes it all the more interesting and haves you thinking that multiple people could be the killer but the killer isn't who you'll expect it to be. This books is full of suspense and surprises, it'll having you on the edge of your seat. This is one book you can't put down once you start reading it. I recommend "Darker Than Night" to any suspense/thriller/mystery lover out there..Definitely a keeper!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent thriller

    While investigating a drug deal murder, New York Police Department Lieutenant Frank Quinn discovered that a group of his peers were receiving kickbacks to look the other way on illegal activities. Before he goes to Internal Affairs, someone informed IA that Frank raped a fifteen years old girl. He chooses the moral path, but his wife and IA do not believe in his innocence and takes their daughter across the country leaving a stunned Frank behind. He took a half pension rather than be fired................................. A serial killer The Night Prowler is murdering married couples in their kitchens. Nobody seems to hear him when he lets himself in using an apparent key. Assistant Chief of Police Henry Cortez, with a chance for the top job, feels Frank can solve the case and brings him on as a civilian consultant. Frank feels he has a chance to redeem himself and get his job back................................. Readers will believe that they just stepped off a tilt-awhirl after reading this action-packed police procedural. Though he knows he got a raw deal, the protagonist instead of whining and feeling sorry for himself, he jumps into the fray the first chance he has to prove himself. Fans will root for Frank, who has powerful enemies that he is unaware of who want him removed form the scene. John Lutz places Serpico in a serial killer venue with his blue knights still after him............................. Harriet Klausner

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    john lutz a master author

    avery exciting thriller. highly recommended for readers of mysteries and thrillers.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Good read!

    I found John Lutz while looking for new authors to try. Love the characters in the Frank Quinn Series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Spirit

    I really enjoyed this book, there were so many twists and turns i didnt think the author would ever be able to pull everything together,,,,,,,,but he did and did it very well, there were a lot of characters so you need to keep on your toes but that made it a really good thriller,,,,,cool read

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2004

    Cheers for Darker Than Night

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Great bi Ook Great book

    Loved how it turned out

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

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    Good read - Bad end

    Interesting thinner and a real page turner. The Autor does an excellent job of pulling you into the mystery. I enjoyed reading this book, but the ending seemed rushed and not well thought out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Pretty good.

    Bad ending... rushed but oberall good detective fiction. Great lead character..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Great read!

    This was a wonderful, exciting read! I will be buying the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    First book in the Frank Quin series. I'm definitely going to read the whole series.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    recommended

    Enjoyed reading this first in a series book by author John Lutz,. As soon as I was finished with it I purchased the second. Hope it is as good as the first.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Total Guess Until the End

    This book is kind of hard to get into in the beginning, but once it picks up it is hard to put down. You want to know who the murderer is and it takes til the end to get the answer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Enjoyable

    Exciting read. Loved the characters. Surprised at "whodunit"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    The demons bio

    Name: the demon<p>looks: tiger sized with black eyes that have green flecks in them light grey fur and a larger white spot on her back<p>gender: unknown<p>other: phsyco verion of panther tht can only be calme down when the white spot on her back is rubbed...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    WoW!

    I had to install a home alarm system after reading this! So creepy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    A MUST READ !!!

    This is a great book !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Good Intrigue

    This book had good character development and a sound plot. Plenty of twists and turns. Overall, it was a good mystery. However, the ending didn't pull the loose ends together well. It seemed like the author just decided to end the story and then just wrote something to put closure on the remaining issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Suspenseful

    Suspenseful read. Several twists and multiple sub-stories. Certainly didn't see the ending coming.

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