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In for the Kill

by John Lutz

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In For the Kill. John Lutz. 2007. This is the second Frank Quinn novel I have read by Lutz. Quinn is a retired police detective who is asked to come back to work with his old team so they can catch a serial murderer who is terrorizing New York City. The novel moves between the killer’s childhood and adulthood and the search for him. There are several twists and turns in the plot that make it interesting. Quinn’s teenage daughter is drawn into the mix. This is a good series, not great but good ( )
  judithrs | Oct 27, 2010 |
A serial killer with a very bad mommy. A grizzled cop brought out of retirement--along with his former team--to hunt him. A hot, hot summer in a very gritty New York. Who could ask for anything more?

In the New York of In For the Kill a serial killer, soon to be dubbed "The Butcher" because of his practice of carefully dismembering and then fastidiously stacking the remains of his victims in their own bathtubs, is stalking the city. He's called out retired NYPD detective Frank Quinn, chosen him as his nemesis, and Quinn has answered the call. He's brought along--also out of retirement--the team who'd helped him nab serial killers in the past.

They read the clues, always a tantalizing step or two behind the killer. They arrest the wrong man. And in a predictable--but still enjoyable--twist at the end, the bad guy almost gets somebody dear to one of the cops.

While the novel could have used some deft editing--there are a several instances where the exact same description of a character's quirk is given--still, the writing is workmanlike and gets the job done. A good beach read. ( )
  BeckyJG | Jun 22, 2008 |
Interesting beginning, too much time spent slicing and dicing. I forced myself to finish the book when I was done by chapter 46. I usually like Lutz. ( )
  rrabbit | Mar 29, 2008 |
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When a maniacal killer terrorizes the city, dismembering his victims with careful precision, homicide detective Frank Quinn, facing his toughest case yet, is drawn into this psychopath's deadly game when the last names of the victims spell out "Q-u-i-n-n."… (more)

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