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Chill of Night (Night #6)

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A Killer Strikes Again... And Again...
A twisted serial killer is stalking the streets of New York City, dealing his own perverse brand of justice. He kills silently, leaving his calling card—a red "J"—on the bodies of his victims. The only man with a shot at finding the killer is tough-as-nails retired NYPD homicide detective Artemis Beam. And he’s more than willing to ret...more
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Published September 9th 2010 by Kensington Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Matt Barker
This was a great book that grasps you right from the start. Highly recommended!

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There's a twisted serial killer stalking the streets of New York City, dealing his own perverse version of justice. He kills swiftly and silently, leaving his calling card: a red J on the bodies of his prey. His victims have one thing in common: they've all been jurors in the city's most infamous cases; cases in which the killer was found not guilty. Overnight, the Justice Killer has the city in a s...more
I had never read anything by John Lutz and got this book from the library. I loved this book and had no idea who the Justice Killer was until the very end of the book. This is a really good murder/detective novel. I will be reading more of his books.
After suffering from gun shot wound which ultimately led to his retirement, Artemis Beam is called back into the line of duty when the “Justice Killer” has the city of New York in a stranglehold. Taking justice into his own hands, this particular serial killer targets jury forepersons whom he blames for acquitting defendants that are “obviously” guilty. The investigation becomes even more complicated as the killer’s range of victims widen. Beam and his trio of mismatched detectives must find the...more
From Publishers Weekly

Against the backdrop of a terrorized city, Lutz delivers a solid thriller with typical skill and style. Ex-NYPD homicide detective Artemis Beam made his reputation by running down serial killers. Now retired—in part because of a gunshot wound, in part his disrespect for the police hierarchy—Beam morosely deals with the inactivity of retirement, tragically complicated by the recent suicide of his wife. When Deputy Chief Andy da Vinci asks for his help in catching a serial

Marion Mockridge
Audio book: This is the type of detective novel I love: lots of interesting characters confronting personal challenges and a double twist at the end with a bit of happy ending romance. Scot Brick is an outstanding narrator.
Another good read from John Lutz. I often expect his books to be part of each other but I think the only thing they have in common is major serial killers. (Although, I could be wrong as I never seem to read two of the "Night" series close to each other and could be forgetting the major players.)

I never would have guessed the serial killer in this one in a million years. They kept it quite well hidden with lost od clues leading to other characters. The little synopsis at the end saying what happ...more
Keeps you hooked til the very end every time. P.I. thriller/mystery.
Marianne Jay
Good - not great. I admit to sneaking a peek to see who did it....but when I finished I realized that there was not one iota of a hint in the whole book that this person was the perpetrator. It's like the author just pulled it out of his butt.

And then, there is a question at the end of another murder which this person may or may not have committed.

I like my mysteries tied up with a pretty bow and handed to me at the very end. If I miss "who done it"....then my bad. But, for heaven's sake please...more
I've been reading so much sci-fi and young adult fiction lately. To shake things up, I picked up a handful of thrillers yesterday. Once upon a time they were my preference.

So hey this is a good one. I kept going back and forth between who the killer was. In the end I was wrong, which I actually like. Nothing bothers me more in a book than a too-easy-to-solve mystery. Yanno?
Oh the thrill of finding a new author! Especially one who already has written books I haven't read yet and who writes such a great story. Chill of Night had it all - intricate and sharp plot, sympathetic and excellent characters, and a snappy voice for the telling of the tale. I'm jazzed.
Basically his books are all the same- retired policeman brought out of retirement to solve a serial killer crime in NYC. I don't know why he changes the main character and doesn't stick to the same one. They are always good however since I enjoy serial killer books!
Sean Maguire
Lutz' 'night' series are formulaic to the point of repetition: retired nypd detective is rehired by nypd to track a serial killer (I'm sure that happens with great regularity in NY), but they are rippin' yarns.
Good story but that kind of justice never works out well. I'll stick to our flawed system and hope for the best. And I never saw the ending!!
This one was a little slow but the ending was fantastic. I did not figure out the killer at all, which is always somewhat of a thrill for me.
True to form, Lutz had me guessing about the identity of the killer, right up to the last pages. Didn't see it coming.

A great story teller.
Craig Leimkuehler
Just sort of so so. Nothing terribly memorable. Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Been there read that.
I liked this book a lot even though there were a couple of times I had to just accept plot turns I couldn't believe.
Good mystery with plenty of suspense. Held my interest. Characters not annoying.
Donna Halloran
Not bad. Entertaining. Again, pretty violent. I am not sure I would read another lutz
First book I've read from this author. Very good book. Ending was a surprise.
Meh, good book, right up until the crappy ending...
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I only liked it but the ending was a surprise.
Good thriller/ detective novel.
ok. thought the ending a bit contrived.
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John Lutz published his first short story in 1966 in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and has been publishing regularly ever since. His work includes political suspense, private eye novels, urban suspense, humor, occult, crime caper, police procedural, espionage, historical, futuristic, amateur detective--virtually every mystery sub-genre. He is the author of more than thirty-five novels and 25...more
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