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Darker Than Night (Frank Quinn Series #1)

Darker Than Night (Frank Quinn Series #1)

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by John Lutz

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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


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

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Frank Quinn Series , #1
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Meet 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. 76 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!
Anonymous 11 months 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.
otterly More than 1 year ago
This book was better than I thought it would be. There are two older cops--one of them Frank Quinn, who was mistakenly accused of raping a young girl, and a female cop who becomes romantically involved with him. The three are assigned to find the Nighttime Stalker, who has killed two couples. This person leaves little gifts, some of them edible. There is a section at the beginning who takes place not in NYC but back where the killer originally goes bad. I would read another book by this author, and a book group might find it intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago