Thursday, July 16, 2009

Night Kills by John Lutz

John Lutz is probably one of my favorite serial killer thriller authors. His books are always good to suck you right up into the story and keeping you up way too late (it's almost 12:30 a.m.!). Night Kills was no different and I give it a B+.

Back cover:
Frank Quinn is sure he is hunting for a madman, someone who is shooting young women in the heart, defiling their bodies, leaving only the torsos to be found. Quinn, a former NYPD detective, is called into the case by an ambitious chief of police and mobilizes his team of brilliant law-enforcement misfits. But in the concrete canyons of New York, this shocking serial murder case is turning into something very different...
Jill Clark came to the city with too many hopes and too little cash. Now a seemingly deranged woman is telling her an extraordinary story. New to an exclusive dating service, Jill is warned other women have died on their dates- and that she could be next. Struggling against a death trap closing in around her, Jill has a powerful ally in Frank Quinn. But no one knows the true motives behind a rampage of cold-blooded murder- or how much more terrifying this is going to get...

I loved the idea of a murderer picking up his victims through an online dating service. It reminds me somewhat of the so-called Craigslist Killer, which makes things a bit more spooky since it reflects something that is happening in real life. Mr. Lutz writes loveable, misfit characters who you really want to cheer on. The pages keep turning, and even though this book was over 460 pages long, I read it pretty quickly. I was just dying to find out what was going to happen. The reader knows pretty early on who the killer is, but it doesn't take away from any of the suspense. The only thing that I didn't like was at the end, it seemed like things just got a little too out there and became a bit unbelieveable. It didn't bother me so much that I didn't like the book, but just made me lower my rating a bit. I still have a couple more of Mr. Lutz's books to read and he does have another suspense book coming out in October that I will be sure to pick up!

I picked up two library books yesterday, so I will read one of those next. I think I am going to read I Smile Back by Amy Koppelman. This is another book I read about on someones blog and of course I can't remember whose now. I hope it is good though! Definitely time for me to head to bed now, so Happy Reading everyone!


Literary Feline said...

I'm always tempted to ask if he's related to Lisa Lutz when I see his name. :-)

I haven't read any of his books but I do want to. I think I may have a couple of his books on my TBR shelves in fact.

I hope you got a good night's sleep!

Kristie said...

I am not sure if he isn't or not. I thought about it last night too when I was writing this.

cj said...

Kristie -

Well, thanks. Just what I need - another source for books that sound wonderful!

No, I do mean that sincerely. It's just that I'm trying to wade through my TBR mountain but I keep running into books like this one, thanks to you and LF, too.

This one is going on my list. Thanks for the review.


Kristie said...

Thanks for commenting CJ! I know what you mean though. I am addicted to reading blogs and even though I have over 600 books on my bookshelves to read, it never stops me from reading more that I hear about on blogs.