Darker Than Night (Frank Quinn Series #1)

Darker Than Night (Frank Quinn Series #1)

by John Lutz

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ISBN-13: 9780786027125
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Series: Frank Quinn Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 58,299
File size: 763 KB

About the Author

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.

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Darker Than Night 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Neena_Reads More than 1 year ago
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!
Britt8907 More than 1 year ago
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!!
nostalgiaman More than 1 year ago
avery exciting thriller. highly recommended for readers of mysteries and thrillers.
Carol Greene More than 1 year ago
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
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
usmc_brat More than 1 year ago
I found John Lutz while looking for new authors to try. Love the characters in the Frank Quinn Series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
rosco1658 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved how it turned out
gailmj110 More than 1 year ago
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.
j-dog74 More than 1 year ago
Bad ending... rushed but oberall good detective fiction. Great lead character..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great follow through
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First in the series - probably the last for me. Way too much background on way to many characters in a way too repetitive fashion. I feel like the author has little knowledge of actual police work and so decides not to waste our time with anything resembling it. I finished the last half of the book reading only the first sentence of selected paragraphs, hoping for at least a good ending to it all. There was a surprise - in hindsight obviously manipulated - but then a book so involved in unnecessary detail positively hurries to a quick and unfulfilling end.
sunstone More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to install a home alarm system after reading this! So creepy!
Eskypades on LibraryThing 20 days ago
A serial killer preying on seemingly happily married couples. A disgraced detective trying to crawl his way out of the mess his life has become. A teenager with a troubled past living large in a house not his own. A girl trying to break free of the memories of a childhood tragedy.All these stories and more are wrapped up in John Lutz¿s Darker Than Night. To say that Darker Than Night is a book about a serial killer is to say that the London Philharmonic Orchestra is about music. It is, but then it is so much, much more.After a couple of seemingly unrelated murders, the New York City Police Department realizes it has a serial killer on their hands. But this serial killer¿s modus operandi is a little different than your average serial killer. This guy stalks his prey, studies them, gets into their lives, and even leaves them gifts that he knows they¿ll enjoy. The NYPD knows he has to be stopped and to do so, former Detective Frank Quinn is employed to sniff out the clues and hunt the killer down. Quinn however, is seemingly no saint. He has a past that has driven him so far down into life¿s gutter that there seems no way of his overcoming it. But the police department politics that got him into this mess in the first place is the same politics that influenced the decision to put him on the case. The two detectives assigned to partner with him aren¿t exactly your knights in shining armor either, both having run-ins with department politics that seem to have put the careers up against the wall.Interwoven into the serial killer storyline is that of a teenage boy, pushed through the foster care system and seemingly at odds with the world in general. After a couple bring him into their home, his life starts to pick up and seems to be on the mend. He is employed by a kind man who teaches him his trade. But he also gets a little cozy with his foster ¿mom¿ until they are discovered by the husband. Driven away from the house, the boy finds a way to return, only to have tragedy strike again.Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Darker Than Night is that we get to know each and every character of the book, including the killer, his victims, the detectives, and a few other characters that may or may not have an important role in the plot. This last part is especially what keeps the book intriguing because it leaves the reader guessing as to who or what is working behind the scenes. Just when you think you have it figured out, a plot twist is thrown in that completely throws your theory out the window. Even right down to the end, everything is not what it seems, thus only adding to the mystery and suspense.The only complaint I might have about the book are the often gratuitous sex scenes. Call me prudish, but these seem a little overplayed and highlighted more than what was sufficient. The book also has quite a bit of language, but this may lend to the feeling that the characters are a little on the unsavory side.
judithrs on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Darker than Night. John Lutz. 2004. This is a suspenseful serial murder/detective novel with a surprise twist at the end. An ex-policeman is asked to help catch an elusive murderer who preys on couples. The narrative switches among the ex-policeman, the victims, and the villain. There seem to be others in the series with the policeman and I¿ll look for those
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down !
ReadingQueen1 More than 1 year ago
I liked it. It had a twist I didn't see coming, which I like. It was a bit long and took some effort to finish.
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Mr.Lutz will "reel" you in, and keep you "hooked"! I am never bored when reading his novels! Best to begin reading his novels early as you can, he will keep you "hooked" till the last word is written! Wow!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. I'm hooked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a police mystery in which the rationality of the plot totally compromised in order to bring a totally unexpected an rationally unexplained surprise on the unsuspecting reader. It is never explained how the insanity of the villain came about, and how could he hide it in his small town environment, before he became stir murderous crazy in the big apple. There are several subplots also going on for the sake of redirection the attention away from the major plot for no good reason. Although the writing is enjoyable it does not justify the frustration at the end. Don't start reading.