The Night Watcher [NOOK Book]

Overview

Someone is killing wealthy Manhattanites. One by one, the victims are discovered in luxurious high-rises bound, gagged, and brutally murdered in the "safety" of their own homes, by someone whose modus operandi is as horrifying as anything NYPD Detectives Ben Stack and Rica Lopez have ever seen. As they investigate the cruel deaths, they have no idea that they are being watched from the shadows - observed by a cunning murderer picking up all the clues necessary to stay one step ahead of the police while perfecting...

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The Night Watcher

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Overview

Someone is killing wealthy Manhattanites. One by one, the victims are discovered in luxurious high-rises bound, gagged, and brutally murdered in the "safety" of their own homes, by someone whose modus operandi is as horrifying as anything NYPD Detectives Ben Stack and Rica Lopez have ever seen. As they investigate the cruel deaths, they have no idea that they are being watched from the shadows - observed by a cunning murderer picking up all the clues necessary to stay one step ahead of the police while perfecting a deadly craft. And when a pattern slowly emerges, the detectives realize that the killings aren't the random acts of a maniac, but the personal campaign of someone bent on retribution - someone who's been watching closely and knows their case too well.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in post 9/11 Manhattan, Lutz's (The Night Caller) gritty psychological thriller finds NYPD homicide detectives Rica Lopez and Ben Stack on the hunt for a vengeful serial killer whose modus operandi includes binding and burning his prey in their high-rise co-ops. The only clue they have to go on is that the Torcher has an apparent penchant for wealthy victims, so they start at square one and investigate all of the known arsonists in the city. In the end, Rica and Stack prove to be no match for the Torcher, who manages to stay several steps ahead of them until the very end, but their lack of leads doesn't make this book any less compelling. Lutz's details concerning police procedure, fire-fighting techniques and FDNY policy ring true, and his clever use of flashbacks draws the reader deep into the killer's troubled psyche. The novel's primary weaknesses include the tenuous romantic link between Ben and Rica, frequent point-of-view shifts and an overwhelming parade of possible suspects ranging from an avaricious real-estate magnate and her aging male escort to a lesbian mayoral campaign manager. Unlike many authors in the genre, however, Lutz manages to present a fully realized villain who simultaneously inspires the reader's sympathy and revulsion. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786027002
  • Publisher: kensington publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 80,306
  • File size: 437 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Keeps you guessing

    I have not been able to find a good thriller/suspense novel in quite a while. I was looking for a book to hold my interest, and found that in The Night Watcher. I couldn't put it down and it keeps you guessing until the end. Many plot twists and very good descriptions of the killer's craft. I am a stay-at-home mom with a new baby and needed a book that wouldn't be boring or that I wouldn't have to "plod" through. I could pick up right where I left off without being lost from boredom. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    50/50

    I am a John Lutz fan and while this story starts out strong it is watered down by the multi characters brought in through out the story. This was not one of his best stories, I found myself reading a chapter and putting it down. This made it very hard to reconnect with the polt when every ten pages you are reading about someone new or add-ons to the multi charaters that we the reader need to follow. The romance between the two detectives just darkens the waters of the writing and offers nothing important to the story. It was somewhat disappointing but it wasn't the worst story I've read this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2007

    Great

    Awesome book! If your looking for a book with a lot of suprises, check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2003

    Night Watcher is Lutz at his best

    If you like Mark Andrew Ware's Vacant Spaces, then you're going to love this book. Great twist and turns.

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