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Urge To Kill (Frank Quinn #4)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  543 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Homicide detective Frank Quinn can't stay retired when a new breed of murdering madman is on the prowl. In a city terrorized by bloody brutality, Quinn and his team hunt a psychopath who lures beautiful women into a night of unbridled passion, then wakes them to a vicious, drawn-out death.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2009)
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Ugh! Do not read this book. Under any circumstance. I started it and was drawn in by the FIVE story-lines going on at once. "Okay," I thought to myself, "I can't wait to see how he ties all this together!" Well, guess what? He didn't. One of the storylines was never even tied into the main plot, it just was there like some random sub-plot (that had absolutely nothing to do with anything else). The editor of this book should be slapped across the face. As should John Lutz. I would like the hours ...more
The main story was good but there were a couple side stories that didn't need to be in the book, just made it confusing.
Donna Siebold
Though I felt the characterizations in this book seemed extremely dated I found the mystery quite good. Whenever Mr. Lutz would insert dialogue that showed how "charming" Frank Quinn was, I thought, seriously? Gag, me.

Frank is a retired cop who (with his small team - Pearl and Feds) occasionally is called back to work with the NYPD on their more mystifying cases. This time the team is searching for a serial killer, who is using a 25 caliber gun to make his kills. But, the team is finding it dif
Sep 08, 2014 Randy marked it as to-read

For A Killer, Once Is Never Enough

Homicide detective Frank Quinn can't stay retired when a new breed of murdering madman is on the prowl. In a city terrorized by bloody brutality, Quinn and his team hunt a psychopath who lures beautiful women into a night of unbridled passion, then wakes them to a vicious, drawn-out death. Stumbling over a trail of horribly defiled bodies, Quinn can't seem to catch up to the killer--because the killer is about to catch up to *him. . . *

"Lutz is in rare form."--

I'd give it 2.5 stars if it were offered. Just okay. Three story lines - really? There's one story line that added nothing (the Hobbs story line). The book closes with that story line and I thought "why was this even included". The other two story lines sort of worked together. Honestly, the book could have been better just following the slicer line.
Story is scripty.... its a readable book but its just OK so far.... I am kind of confused on which seriel killer they are after... seems like two... but it seems they are only investigating one so far.... I tend to forget the characters till I read a bit and it all comes back to me.... may have to change star rating to one... Just an OK book
DJ Wilson
I have really enjoyed the Frank Quinn Series from John Lutz, but this one had too many story lines that made it confusing. Most of it tied up nicely in a frantic finish , however the Hobbs storyline just didn't make sense, and didn't really have a place in the book. Looking forward to the next one though!
I really wish I had read the first in the series first, it would have answered some of the questions I felt got unanswered in other books. The author has good ideas, I just think he needs a better editor.
I seldom don't finishing a book once I start it, and when I don't finish it, I will give it the "at least 100 pages" chance. This book was so bad that I had a hard time getting to the 100th page
Right now I'm just trying to get thru the book. Way to many characters and subplots to keep track of...but much like any book I start, I'll finish this one. Not one I'll recommend.
Amber Moore
This book started kinda slow for me. I like a pick up and go. It wasn't a bad book just not a go go go! there were a couple spots but for the most part not a bad read.
The load of characters got me frustrated. I didn't think much about the ending. I felt it was kind of a let down after all the build up.

However, overall the writing was good.
I got this book as a free Kindle download and feel like that was still too much to pay. Pure garbage and I'm a little embarrassed I actually read the whole book.
started of nicely with suspence and an intricate plot but the writer never kept the peaked suspence. readible
I only managed about 50 pages before giving up. I did not like the style of the prose or the characters, but the main problem was there were several story lines, none of which was developing an interesting story. In addition the prose was so heavily padded with trivia having noting to do with the non-existent story that I had the strong feeling the author was writing while trying to figure out "what is this about." For pulp fiction police mysteries like this there just has to be some kind of a m ...more
Laurie (Kwiltreader)
Too many story lines, not enough wrap up.
Grey Liliy
Okay book, overall. This is my first Frank Quinn novel (I didn't realize it was the 4th in a series when I got it). It had a lot good going for it, but enough of it that was--not bad--bugged me to even it out into 'Eh' territory.

But first to get this out of the way: If you happen to glance at my status updates--ignore my twitchiness about field dressing deer. It's a book of fiction, and if I can ignore unrealistic stuff everywhere else, I should be able to overlook the deer stuff, too. But I sti
This book was okay---there was nothing memorable about it. The main characters are forgettable, the plot is better than average, and the writing is good. However it was enjoyable enough to get me on and keep me on my exercise bike and that was its purpose.

The main characters are three retired NYC detectives called back as a special squad to work outside normal channels to investigate a serial killer who shoots his victims at close range with no apparent motive. Another series of killings has be

A savage murderer preys on young women, first romancing, then butchering them. That same summer, someone begins targeting men, gunning them down with .25 caliber weapons. Could these two seemingly different rampages be the work of a single serial killer? Veteran homicide team Frank Quinn, Pearl Kasner, and Larry Fedderman slowly but doggedly pick up a clue here, a thread there, but no clear picture emerges until, gradually, Quinn realizes that the killer that he is hunting is now hunting him.

laura m
Aug 31, 2014 laura m rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any good crime fiction appreciator
another amazing book by this newly discovered author and a super fast read! great suspense, characters and ideas throughout the story, the twist at the end again left me a bit disappointed so 4.5/5 because of that, sometimes less is more and there isn't a need for such twists.
for some reasons I went to the 4 installment straight after first book so now I gotta backtrack to second one which I'll start gladly today. looking forward to it, it was a very enjoyable read.
Jul 27, 2011 Carla added it
It seems that random men are being murdered around town, gunshot to the head. The crime scenes indicate that these are not robberies but each man has a pocket that is turned inside out, as if the murderer found something worth killing for. Quinn, a retired cop, and his team are asked to look into the murders before they gain too much publicity. Quinn and team are baffled after following every minuscule lead. While the investigation continues women are being murdered in the most horrific way, eve ...more
Another good book featuring Frank Quinn, good story line and in fact I could really see people trying to do this if they had the money.
I would love to give this 5 stars but the way he keeps calling people "dear" all the time really started to grate on me, so just 4 this time.
It starts out a bit slow for my tastes. Serial killers in town or only one? The men are killed much more cleanly than the women. Pretty gross with hatred towards women. The author also exhibits a bit of misogyny regarding other women in the book also.
Cathy Jarvis
Thought I had this one figured out..I was only half right. I enjoy John Lutz' character Frank Quinn along with Pearl and Fed. A good read although this one seemed to be more violently graphic....or maybe I'm just getting older.
Kenneth del Rosario
/ This book's plot is boring. Period. While the conclusion and the twists towards the end of the story were worthwhile, it took too long to get there. Many times, I have thought of putting the book down. So many dragging scenes. I don't understand why there were so many characters and plots that just don't help the cause of the book. So many new characters being introduced even in the final stages where the plot should already be winding down. If I was a book publisher, I would say no to this bo ...more
Carol Lee Coy
3.5 stars, but I can't do halves. Like the characters in this book, will continue with the series.
Peter Charleston
Not as interesting as I would have liked. Gruesome at points.
Apr 06, 2014 Eliana added it
Keeps you hooked til the very end every time. P.I. thriller/mystery.
One of the story lines had nothing to do with the other. I didn't understand why it was in there. Maybe it was there to throw us off so we wouldn't know who the killer was but that was a stretch. Other than that the book was good.
Tiffany Hill
This book I feel took me forever
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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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Other Books in the Series

Frank Quinn (10 books)
  • Darker Than Night (Frank Quinn, #1)
  • In for the Kill (Frank Quinn #2)
  • Night Kills (Frank Quinn, #3)
  • Mister X (Frank Quinn, #5)
  • Serial (Frank Quinn, #6)
  • Pulse (Frank Quinn, #7)
  • Twist (Frank Quinn, #8)
  • Frenzy (Frank Quinn, #9)
  • Slaughter (Frank Quinn, #10)
In for the Kill (Frank Quinn #2) Darker Than Night (Frank Quinn, #1) Serial (Frank Quinn, #6) Night Kills (Frank Quinn, #3) Mister X (Frank Quinn, #5)

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