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Pulse (Frank Quinn #7)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  485 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Some Killers Come Back For More

The killer’s depravity is insatiable. What he does to his victims is unthinkable. Homicide detective turned P.I. Frank Quinn has seen this M.O. before. A demented ritual, it’s the work of Daniel Danielle—a notorious serial killer who blurs the line between male and female, human and monster. Danielle disappeared ten years ago. Is a copy cat r
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2012)
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Darcia Helle
I've been a fan of John Lutz for many years. This book, however, was not his best work and, for me, was a disappointment.

I'll start with the positives. The plot is multi-layered and intricate. The mystery kept me guessing until the end, and there were a few unexpected twists.

Now the negatives: The pace is slow. There are a lot of viewpoint characters, and, as a result of the overload, we don't really get to know any of them very well. We keep jumping back in time to 1986, where we follow a 14-y
Jun 17, 2012 Dindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, kindle
I am having a hard time deciding how to review Pulse by John Lutz because even though there were so many things wrong with it, I had a hard time putting it down, simply because I kept hoping Lutz would redeem himself and pull everything together in a way that made sense. Sadly, he didn't.

Lutz has attempted an extremely complex plot involving an elite private college, a high powered law firm, an eminent domain case and a serial killer. Frank Quinn and the team at Quinn & Associates are called
Feb 02, 2017 Charlene rated it really liked it
This book was so scary that I couldn't read late at night, especially when I was home by myself. Reminds me of a Criminal Minds episode (which I like but have to record and watch during the daytime).
Kelly Knapp
Jul 04, 2012 Kelly Knapp rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery or Thriller buffs
Recommended to Kelly by: Goodreads Firstreads giveaway
On the way to maximum security, the serial killer Daniel Danielle encounters a hurricane that flips his transport. While the powers-that-be believe Daniel Danielle is dead, Quinn’s not so sure. Then the bodies begin to show up, using Danielle’s MO. Is he back or is this a copycat?

Lutz creates a double McGuffin – or is that a triple McGuffin – of thrills, horror and murder as Quinn returns to the hunt for Danielle or the copycat and finds there are mysteries inside mysteries in this novel. A new
Fredrick Danysh
Mar 30, 2015 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Serial killer Daniel Danielle escaped in the middle of a hurricane in 2002 while being transferred to another prison in Florida after killing three corrections officers. It was presumed that he perished in the storm. Now years later in New York a body is found that employs his sadistic techniques and trademarks. Private investigators Frank Quinn and his partner Pearl are called in to help solve the case.
Jan 27, 2017 Gabe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good and entertaining, worth your time if you like murder suspense crime investigation fiction...
Cheeky Monkey
Oct 17, 2016 Cheeky Monkey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheeky by: Chrizantena
I have a busy life that lately I do not have much time to read. But this book made me find that time. It was fun, tense and intriguing. This book seemed so predictable and it was most of my way through it... except for the end. I would never guess that it would turn out like this. And something that should have happened and I was so excitedly awaiting, never came. Amazing book though with not that typical happy ending (that makes me love it even more).
Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy.

Pulse is book 7 in the Frank Quinn series. It’s good but certainly not as good as the previous 6. John Lutz is certainly a master at creating horror and suspense. Once again Quinn and Associates are hired by the NYPD Police Commissioner to track down a serial killer. This time around the suspected killer was supposedly killed in a Florida hurricane in 2002, but his body was never found. Has he returned or is it a copycat? Either way the killings ar
Jun 25, 2012 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
In 2002 the serial killer Daniel Danielle disappears when the transport vehicle carrying him to a maximum security prison flips when it is caught in a hurricane. Everyone assumed Daniel died in the hurricane but know they aren’t so sure. Bodies are starting to show up in the same M.O. as the Daniel Danielle killings. Frank Quinn and his partner, Pearl, must figure out what is going on. When the Police Commissioner Renz calls, they know this is serious business.

Pearl’s long lost daughter, Jody Ja
Jun 05, 2012 Carmen rated it did not like it
Shelves: giveaway
I was pretty frustrated with this book. I still don't know what the title has to do with anything - maybe a hook to get a reader excited? Maybe the way your pulse is supposed to race during reading? I was excited to pick this up. It was described as "...a heart-pounding roller coaster of a tale." Not so much. In fact I was annoyed and bored pretty much the whole way through. The three main annoying elements? First of was the suspected serial killer's name. Daniel Danielle a.k.a. Danielle Daniel. ...more
May 31, 2015 Ferne rated it really liked it
This is the first novel that I’ve read by John Lutz but it definitely won’t be the last! It’s a psychological thriller that I could only compare to authors such as Gillian Flynn (“Dark Places”), Thomas Harris (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Lisa Gardner (“Touch & Go”). Retired police captain and ex-homicide cop Frank Quinn and his PI team are special consultants to the NYPD hunting serial killers. The serial killer to catch is Daniel Danielle and the descriptions of his victims seem to become ...more
laura m
Sep 15, 2014 laura m rated it liked it
Recommends it for: lutz readers
worst of the bunch so far, 2.5/5
one star off for torturing animals, in fact, I should take even more off for that
one star off for rushed and not well explained ending, for corporate boring talk and absence of any humor elements as in previous books or any quinn-pearl dialogue and interactions
half star off for the WTF moment when we hear about characters exchanging encrypted e-mails in 1986
for gods sake, wasn't internet like invented in 90-91? I remember having rudimentary mail service in 1997 on
Jan 20, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
I gave it 4 stars, but I'm not sure how much I liked it... in the sense that I would gladly read another book like this. It is exciting, harrowing, glad that all the doors are locked type of book which kept me guessing right to the last few pages and kept me up very late to get those last few pages read. I guess I'm not really sure about Frank and Pearl. Pearl is persistently grouchy and hard to get along with. Frank is all internal and the rest of the Q and A staff are not very sharply drawn... ...more
Nov 08, 2013 Tony rated it did not like it
PULSE. (2012). John Lutz. *.
This turned out to be a slasher novel. If this is your type of read, you would probably rate it much higher. I made it to page 50, then quit. I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Lutz. His early detective novels featuring Alo Nudger were terrific, and I highly recommend them. This novel, although I haven’t been following him for the past few years, represents a big departure from his earlier efforts. If this is now his chosen direction, I’d probably go back and read
Feb 02, 2013 Christa rated it did not like it
I am a big fan of John Lutz. He lives in St Louis where I am from and have read his books for years and enjoy them. But, this was not a good book for me. There was so much that didn't make sense, and I got actually disgusted with the continued gruesome murders. Enough with the breasts! I never understood the connection that they all looked like Pearl. The final 1 star moment was when they solved a clue with encrypted e-mails from two 14 year old in 1986! huh? emails in 1986? Please ...... I'm no ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Jenn rated it liked it
Not my favourite Quinn and Pearl book. It took me weeks to read the last 30 pages. For some reason it did not hold my interest like most John Lutz books. The killer was interesting and creepy, but the side stories didn't do much for me. Jody wasn't endearing enough and there was a lack in relationship furthering. The info on Feds and Penny was nice to read about - it made a nice change to read of someone else's relationship.
Jul 31, 2013 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Frank Quinn novel. This book reminded me of a yard full of fire hoses turned on at full blast, flipping around wildly, with me running around trying to hook them all together into a single stream of sense. Two many plots, characters, and time frames to keep track of and care about, especially in the audio format. No Agatha Christie wrap up, so I was left scratching my head about a few plot points.
Jan 10, 2014 Shannen rated it really liked it
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Lenny Herman
Aug 25, 2015 Lenny Herman rated it liked it
All the Quinn Series books are alike. I bought a few at a library sale. The first couple were okay now they all seem the same. They are no challenge to figuring out the mystery. They are well written and very violent, but after reading four of them. I'm not sure when I'll get around to reading the 5 others that I purchased. I rated this book 2.5 stars, really wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Aug 22, 2012 Dario rated it really liked it
This was my first book by John Lutz that I have read and I really liked it. It had the feel of a hollywood action drama movie like a silence of the lambs or kiss the girls. I liked the character overlap and stories that tie in with each other. The only negative if there is one is that it seemed to wrap up a little too quickly like forcing it in to a certain amount of pages. A little graphic but done well I would recommend it.

I received this book for free as part of first reads
Jan 22, 2016 Arlene rated it really liked it
Another good read - I love the Frank Quinn and Pearl association. However, one thing bothered me - did teenagers in the 80s send emails - indeed, did emails even exist back then? If not, then this is a big oversight on the part of the author and screws up the information gleaned by the computer "expert" who discovered this.
Apr 10, 2013 Ricardo rated it it was ok
The introduction of a new family blood-related character was good. Aside from that, nothing really original. In fact, I felt like the author tried so hard to muddy the plot to confuse the reader and make the ending unpredictable that he ultimately added too many unnecessary characters and subplots
Marla Madison
Aug 26, 2013 Marla Madison rated it really liked it
Excellent suspense read, full of many, many plot surprises. Lutz brings up a killer from a precious tale and does so in a way to keep the reader wondering is it the original killer or a copycat until the very end! The ending, however, wasn't quite what I was expecting. Read this great suspense novel and judge for your self! I highly recommend it.
Jul 16, 2012 Eleni rated it it was amazing
For all you CSI, Criminal Minds and Dexter Fans, John Lutz can certainly write the storylines for any of these shows! I read this book in one weekend and although some of it is gruesome, I could not put the book down and I checked under my bed for about a week - I kid you it and you will understand....!
Jun 29, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
I'm addicted to Quinn and Pearl, so I liked this one and I definitely liked that it ended like a previous book, with one of the killers not actually being caught. Though it's kind of comforting that all the books are written in the exact same style, it also is kind of predictable. I'm still looking forward to Twisted, which is being released in 2013.
Angela Voris
Jul 03, 2012 Angela Voris rated it it was ok
Was less than impressed with this book. I always love John Lutz 's books but this one felt as if someone else had written it. The plot was feasible but weak. Characters didn't feel like the same characters I have loved in the past books. More could be said but don't want to give too much away. Now I'm going to read other reviews to see if anyone else felt the same.
Dec 18, 2015 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mushy wishy washy mixed story without any umph. Gruesome serial killer with pvt detectives without any detective skills. Lots of different view points that I feel don't add to the story, overly long needs to be more pacy to get the tension up. I wont be reading anymore of this series
Dec 15, 2013 Rodaw rated it it was amazing
Úžasná a napínavá knížka, která chytí a už nepustí. Místy poměrně brutální, takže by se na ni měl čtenář možná trošičku psychicky připravit.
Vřele doporučuji!! A tady je má videorecenze:
Feb 09, 2014 Katarzyna rated it liked it
Actually, it was quite ok. In fact, it didn't blow my mind. i felt like there's something missing. I thought the ending will be more hmmm spectacular, but it wasn't. Anyway, it was quite ok, i don't regret reading it.
Oct 06, 2013 Joseph rated it it was ok
I could have liked this book. It had all the right elements but I was a teenager back in 1986 and can say without a doubt that teenagers didn't have email or cell phones. Come on that should have been caught by the editor.
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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--v
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