Mister X (Frank Quinn Series #5)

Mister X (Frank Quinn Series #5)

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by John Lutz
     
 

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Fear Leaves A Mark

He mutilates his victims. Slices their throats. And carves an X into their flesh. Five years ago, he claimed the lives of six women. Then the killings abruptly stopped—no one knows why. Ex-homicide detective Frank Quinn remembers. Which is why he's shocked to see one of the dead women in his office. Actually, she's the identical twin

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Fear Leaves A Mark

He mutilates his victims. Slices their throats. And carves an X into their flesh. Five years ago, he claimed the lives of six women. Then the killings abruptly stopped—no one knows why. Ex-homicide detective Frank Quinn remembers. Which is why he's shocked to see one of the dead women in his office. Actually, she's the identical twin of the last victim, and she wants Quinn to find her sister's murderer. But when the cold case heats up, it attracts the media spotlight—and suddenly the killings start again. . .

"A Heart-Pounding Roller Coaster Of A Tale."—Jeffery Deaver on Night Victims

"Lutz Is Among The Best."—San Diego Union

"Lutz Is In Rare Form."—The New York Times Book Review on Chill of Night

"Lutz knows how to make you shiver."—Harlan Coben

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Publishers Weekly
A page-turner to the nail-biting end, the fifth Frank Quinn investigation (after 2009's Urge to Kill) will leave readers breathless. After leaving the NYPD, Frank Quinn created his own investigation agency, joined by his former partner, Larry Fedderman, and his former lover, Pearl. Five years before, the notorious serial killer called the Carver claimed his last victim, Tiffany Keller. The cops have given up on catching the murderer, so Tiffany's twin, Chrissie, begs Quinn to reopen the case. Then Chrissie disappears, and the Carver starts killing again. Slimy police commissioner Harley Renz warns Quinn to back off of his investigation, but Quinn, Fedderman, and Pearl know they may be the only ones who can stop the killer. Misleading clues and dramatic suspense will keep readers pondering the intricacies of this twisty, creepy whodunit long after the last page is turned. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786020263
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
Frank Quinn Series, #5
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
223,749
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.22(d)

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Mister X 3.8 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 38 reviews.
fdbolt More than 1 year ago
Frank Quinn and his partners are back in the newly formed Quinn & Associates Investigations. Pearl Kasner was done working as a security guard at a bank and Larry Fedderman (Feds) wasn't all that interested in catching fish in Florida anymore. So the three of them have settled back into the life they know and love - detecting. Chrissie Keller, having come into a large sum of money, comes to see Frank to hire him. Five years ago her twin sister Tiffany, along with four other young ladies, was killed by the serial killer known as the Carver (I'll leave why up to your imagination), but he was never caught, and his killings stopped. Frank and his team have a long history of being able to solve serial killer cases. So it's no surprise that Chrissie Keller would turn to him. But when the team starts digging into the killings word comes down from Police Chief Harley Renz, who Frank has an interesting relationship with, calls and tells them to back off. Let sleeping dogs lie. Now why would he do that? Are his reasons personal or political? Then Chrissie disappears and it's a whole new ballgame. Then the killings start again. Is, after all of this time the Carver back? Or is there a sick copycat killer out there? One who knows way to much about the case not to be connected somehow. At this point Renz knows he has no choice but to bring Frank, Pearl and Feds back onto the force. He gives them badges, two other detectives to work the case and a profiler named Addie Price with a dark past of her own. But as Frank and his team really start digging they realize that things just aren't adding up. Why are there no pictures of Tiffany in the file given to them by Chrissie? When they finally find a picture of her, why does she look nothing like Chrissie? Who is the mystery woman that seems to be shadowing them? Showing up at every crime scene they do and running away before they can catch her. And just what do the flashback chapters of an abused boy named Jerry Grantland, who sneaks out of his house at night to cross the road and watch Tiffany & Chrissie being abused by their father have to do with anything? After all this time, the feelings between Frank and Pearl seem to still simmer below the surface. But that soon changes when Pearl meets Yancy Taggart and their whirlwind relationship begins. Can Frank deal with his feelings about this relationship while at the same time hunting a deranged serial killer? And when tragedy befalls one of them, will they all be able to go on? The hunt for The Carver and Chrissie heats up and based on information obtained during the investigation, Frank brings in a family member to help draw both The Carver & Chrissie out. The race to stop the killings leads to a stunning, yet deadly conclusion. One that still leaves them with unanswered questions and will have the reader thinking "Holy ..." John Lutz is a masterful story teller who has written a tense, action packed novel filled with so many twists and turns you'll think you are on amusement park ride. Mister X is a superb suspense novel that will have you reading well into the night, keeping the lights burning bright, while at the same time getting up constantly to make sure all of the doors and windows are locked tight. X definitely marks this spot!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Five years ago in Manhattan, the serial killer dubbed by the media as the Carver murdered five women. He carved an X on their chest, cut off their nipples before slitting the victim's throat. Tiffany Keller was his last fatality. Frank Quinn never worked the Carver case because he was hospitalized from an on the job injury on another investigation. He was forced to retire so started a private detective agency with Pearl Kasner and Larry Fedderman. Chrissie Keller hires them to find the Carver so she can bring closure to herself by obtaining justice for her late twin sister. A recent lottery winner she pays a healthy retainer before disappearing. The three sleuths pursue leads, which comes to the attention of the Carver, and starts a new killing spree. The case takes several odd twists but the strangest spin occurs when Tiffany's mother arrives at the office insisting their client Chrissie is not her daughter. The detectives want to know who hired them, but have no time to find out as the Carver is escalating the kill rate of women of a certain type. This private investigative thriller is filled with unexpected turns as John Lutz takes his fans on a wild roller coaster as nothing is quire like it seems. Readers will be hooked from the moment Chrissie enters the agency claiming to be Tiffany. She uses shock value so the private detectives will be interested in taking her case. That is only one of the superb spins as Mister X is a terrific mystery that will baffle the audience as much as the three sleuths. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific. This might be the best Quinn novel yet. Lots of plot and sub-plot, this one will keep you guessing. John Lutz always delivers. I highly recommend this new book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have liked all the Quinn books but found this one a bit confusing when it wrapped up. I'm still confused as to who was the killer and why.
Chris Wedig More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. However the conclusion was too rushed and wasnt that good. Up to the ending it was pretty suspenseful though.
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I have read the first 5 Frank Quinn books by John Lutz. No more!  They are not satisfying; in fact, they are frustrating! They became frustrating, because it would not have taken much to make them so much better!  The 3 main characters did not evolve. They were put in different situations but remained static re: growth and development.  We see their surfaces, but have no idea what makes them who they are or behave the way they do.  This gives the books a sameness that quickly palls.  It's the literary equivalent of a can of Pringles: the 1st one or two are okay, but, the last chip is exactly the same as the first chip, so why bother?
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Read it in one day
mommamary More than 1 year ago
Love John Lutz and his Quinn series. Very well done and love the characters. I'm a big fan of suspense and mystery and his books don't disappoint!!
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Another great book in the Frank Quinn detective series by John Lutz. I highly recommend the entire series.
DoubleJRW More than 1 year ago
Frank is the Man. Masterly written...spellbounding flow..great ending. I think Mr. Lutz is a fantastic writer and a master of telling a story. You will not be disappointed.
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cathyFL More than 1 year ago
I hate waiting for Lutz's next book!! I've read them all and just love him!! All of books are page-turners, thrillers and yes, I've been frightened to read some of his books alone at night!. Enjoy!
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