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Urge To Kill (Frank Quinn #4)

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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,
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Published October 1st 2009 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jill
Feb 08, 2011 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gidget
Apr 24, 2011 Gidget rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Randy
Sep 08, 2014 Randy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

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."-

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Amanda
Jun 24, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Arlene
Jan 15, 2010 Arlene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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!
Lynda
Aug 13, 2012 Lynda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ricardo
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
Roxanne
Oct 28, 2010 Roxanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yuck
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.
Glenissa
Dec 22, 2010 Glenissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mike
Sep 15, 2010 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bill Shuey
May 18, 2015 Bill Shuey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd Frank Quinn book that I have read and I think that it is the best of the lot. There is little in the way of action in this series of book - mostly conversations and descriptions of circumstances.

Unlike the first two that I read, this book actually has a conclusion - and ending. It is difficult to give a subjective review of a book about serial killers, by their very nature they are impossible to understand. So, the subject matter is to one's taste or it isn't - not much in betwee
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Irene
Feb 04, 2010 Irene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
started of nicely with suspence and an intricate plot but the writer never kept the peaked suspence. readible
Ross
Aug 19, 2014 Ross rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sandra
Oct 13, 2009 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Linda
Feb 05, 2011 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime

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.

Wha
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laura m
Aug 31, 2014 laura m rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
PhobicPrerogative
The most puzzling aspect of this particular book was (view spoiler)
Carla
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
Clare
Jul 25, 2014 Clare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Maetta
Dec 28, 2014 Maetta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2015 Cathy Jarvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathie
Aug 17, 2015 Kathie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting adventure for the team... And some interesting side stories with unique twists.Satisfying read.
Carol Lee Coy
3.5 stars, but I can't do halves. Like the characters in this book, will continue with the series.
Sharon Hutchinson
I thought it was a very good e-book. I found it long though.
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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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