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The Killing Hour (Quincy & Rainie #4)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  17,666 Ratings  ·  526 Reviews
Day after day, he waited for *** ody to be discovered--a body containing at the clues the investigators needed to find the second victim, who waited, prey to a slow but certain death. The clock ticked--salvation was possible. The police were never in time. Years have passed, but for this killer, time has stood still. As a heat wave of epic proportions descends, the game be ...more
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Published October 21st 2004 by Orion (first published 2003)
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Ashley Have you finished the book? Because they do eventually. They initially have a difficult time determining who the killer is because the clues and…moreHave you finished the book? Because they do eventually. They initially have a difficult time determining who the killer is because the clues and evidence left behind aren't very helpful in pin pointing one person. Most of the killer's clues are geographical in nature, something a regular FBI agent wouldn't be able to figure out without the help of experts (which they get later on in the book). (less)
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Sep 22, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thriller and Lisa Gardner lovers
Rivetting! Lisa Gardner never fails to provide a spine tingling tale of suspense!

The residents of Atlanta are gripped by terror everytime the temperature reaches heatwave proportions. Because that's when the killer strikes...he kidnaps two college girls who have been having a night out in a bar, dressed in their finery, high heeled shoes, purse...he leaves one where she is easily found, with clues on her body to find the next one. If the law inforcement agencies can read the clues quickly enough
Sep 03, 2010 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
I read lots of serial killer novels, but few have hooked me the way The Killing Hour did, from the very first page. Mac McCormack, special agent of Georgia's Bureau of Investigations, literally runs into FBI trainee Kimberly Quincy. Mac is on the trail of a cold case serial killer, whom he believes responsible for the murder that Kimberly discovered while out on her fitness workout. The FBI is less than thrilled about a body dumped on their Virginia campus, about Mac's presence, and about having ...more
Feb 21, 2016 Bexy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am probably a bit late to the game with this author, however better late than never!

This book came as recommendation and I can see why. It's a tight, well planned and well structured thriller/crime story. It commences by following Kimberly through her FBI training programme where she is suddenly thrust into an unresolved serial killer case. Girls are being kidnapped in twos and the death of one has clues to the whereabouts of the other.

It's a great race against the clock, with often gritty n
Bark's Book Nonsense
This book was terribly average. It's about a serial killer who picks up two girlies at a time. This killer leaves one girl dead as a map for investigators to find the other (possibly still alive and suffering) victim. Unfortunately, the other girl is always left in an isolated, treacherous, hot location with only a bottle of water. The clock is a-ticking while investigators attempt to locate her.

Kimberly is a tortured young woman currently attending the FBI academy when the book begins. She stum
Cole Johnson
Jan 17, 2013 Cole Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. The Killing Hour

2. Lisa Gardner

3. Mystery, suspense thriller

4. Kimberly is the daughter of well known former FBI profiler Pierce Quincy. She has wanted to be in law enforcement since she was a kid. She was exposed to the crime world when her sister and mother were killed six years earlier. Now she is involved in a case where a body is found on the grounds of a marine base where she is currently taking a course to become a full-time FBI agent and she is determined to solve this case and find t
Feb 07, 2014 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful FBI trainee Kimberly Quincy who defies her superiors by working a serial case while she is still in training, runs into ruggedly handsome Mac McCormick, a special agent of the GBI who has been working the serial case for years. Did I mention Kimberly is beautiful and Mac is good looking? Mac invites Kimberly to join forces and body parts (they hump each other while working the case - of course). All kinds of irregularities here, including letting a victim who survived the serial join t ...more
Jun 02, 2016 Jocina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Very suspenseful and focused on the crimes more than the character's budding romance. Definitely worth the read!
THE KILLING HOUR switched things up a bit from the previous Quincy & Rainie stories. In this book we focus on Kimberly, Quincy's only remaining daughter after the events of the previous book. Six years later she's been accepted as a New Agent, undergoing the brutal training at Quantico and struggling to move past the guilt she still carries over her unintentional involvement in the murder of her mother and sister.

She ends up teaming up with GBI Special Agent Mac who is in town after followi
Nov 05, 2012 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know most people liked this book, but I truly hated it. I'm a fan of Lisa Gardner...gave Love You More 5 stars!

I found this book boring; I found myself skipping paragraphs at the end just to get it finished. It wasn't at all suspenseful; I felt like I was reading a detailing of "facts" and I just did not feel any chemistry between Mac and Kimberly.

I expect my review will not be a popular one. I really tried to like it but just couldn't!
Carrie Kellenberger
Fast paced, action packed, a vicious serial killer, and romance. Lisa Gardner really knows how to pack a punch with good beach reads, and she delivers 100% with The Killing Hour.

Kimberly Quincy is about halfway through her FBI training at Quantico when she stumbles across the body of a young woman during a class run. This is no ordinary kill though. The body has been left with several clues, and it soon becomes clear that a serial killer is on the loose again. Each time he kills, he takes two yo
Jill Manske
Mar 31, 2015 Jill Manske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Gardner just seems to get better and better. Her first novel was awful, but she has grown and evolved over the years. In "The Killing Hour", she's at her best. With an intriguing plot, colorful characters and realistic dialog, the book is a real page-turner. Kimberly Quincy is a student at the FBI Academy when she discovers a dead body on the grounds. She and a Georgia state detective investigate a string of abductions uncovering a serial killer. While it becomes clear toward the end "whodu ...more
Lisa Gardner is a favorite author of mine. She writes suspense, often involving Pierce Quincy or his daughter, Kimberly. The Killing Hour has Kimberly at the center – she is training to become an FBI agent when she stumbles on to a dead body and finds out that there is a serial killer on the loose. Gardner is really great at switching the narrative. The story is in third person, but its focus switches from Kimberly’s to Mac’s to the killer’s to some of the intended victims’.

The killer always abd
Jun 09, 2012 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me nightmares. I don't mean that as a compliment.

There is so much about Lisa Gardner, and The Killing Hour, deserving of praise. She's a sharp prose stylist and a hard working researcher. Her novels offer up to date investigative techniques and crime solvers who feel like real people -- fleshed out characters with personal problems, foibles and occasionally bad manners. Yet the portions of this book devoted to the POV of a young woman trapped in a pit were as disturbing and horrif
Oct 23, 2013 Tamara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Gardner is an author that to me either has books that really keep me interested or ones like the Killing Hour that lose me because of the wordiness. The story is actually quite good, albeit very sad but there just for me was way too much story. The basic premise of the book is that there is serial killer on the loose who is kidnapping young female college students in pairs and leaving them in very difficult to find locations after injecting them with lethal substances. It is a very brutal s ...more
Sep 04, 2016 Joanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this down!

Another great suspense start by Lisa Gardner that I could not put down. This twist and turns in the story always keep you guessing and turns g the next page! The character development and continued stray lines are awesome! Must read!
Sep 05, 2009 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is actually not bad for what it is, but what it is is not my thing. This seems to be part of a series in which an ex FBI agent figures--more so in some entries than others. In this installment his daughter Kimberly Quincy is in FBI training at Quantico when she finds a dead body on a run in the woods. She hooks up with a policeman from Atlanta who believes that this dead body is related to a series of murders in Georgia. There is romance and multiple multiple characters and bazaar clues and ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kimberly Quincy is a rookie FBI agent ... following in the footsteps of her father, but also driven by the murder of her older sister and mother. She has survivor's guilt and pushes herself relentlessly. One day while training she stumbles into a dead body on Quantico ... and thus begins the search for a killer, and not just of this one victim. Gardner brings the characters together by using chapters dedicated to each which works well in his story. The characters are well developed and an intere ...more
Mar 23, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lisa-gardner, library
Another great book in the Quincy & Rainie series. The Killing Hour starts 6 years later... Kimberly Quincy is at the FBI academy when she finds a body of a young girl, and from there Kimberly is drawn into solving the murder and finding the other girl kidnapped at the same time. Lisa Gardner did a great job describing the situation of the girl stranded in the middle of nowhere - being eaten by bugs, maggots laying eggs in her skin, snakes slithering, the unbearable heat and no way out. This ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Thiscould'VEgotanexTRAstarifthenarratorhadn'tBEENsogodawful? Seriously, like, monotonous tone throughout, no pause between chapters, no voice difference between characters- I had no idea who the hell was even talking, emphisis on the wrong syllable, and unneeded question marks? Terrible. Yes, I listened to the whole thing. haha! Don't judge me! You don't know my life!
Mary Corbal
Dec 26, 2014 Mary Corbal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es bastante entretenido, aunque tiene demasiadas descripciones que, si no te gustan, le quitan atractivo a la lectura. Pero en conjunto te hace pasar un buen rato.
Jul 04, 2008 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, gardner
A psychopath killer strikes every summer, and he kills in pairs. The first body is left in a place that is well noticed and the killer places clues on the body. The police are supposed to use the clues and try and get to the second victim before she is dead. However, often times, the police don't work fast enough and by the time they reach the eecond girl, she is dead!

The 2 main officers in this story are "Mac" and Kimberly, and they are working trying to find this "Eco-KIller"

This is a good sus
Eleni Konstantine
Fast paced, great story; had me thinking all the way through. Amazing read.
Apr 02, 2011 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serial killer who attacks pairs of young women. He kills one of each pair. In and around the body are ecological clues to the location of the second. If authorities identify the clues in time, they'll be able to save the second young woman.
Several of the scenes, I thought, were quite shocking; A live clue left in the sewn up mouth of one of the victims being one, and a sink hole containing an imprisoned survivor being another.
This one didn't seem as probable as the other Lisa Gardner books I've
Yuppers. Number four out of how many? Though there are hints here and there that you are indeed in the middle of something, something like a book series, as well as a mystery, this book carried it's own weight and I am once again a satisfied customer of my favorite haunt, The Friends of the Library Book Sale. Another 50 cents well spent. Fast reading page turner with some good plot twists. My only gripe really is that the title just doesn't seem to jive with the story but what do I know? I'm the ...more
Austin 4 Roy
Nov 13, 2015 Austin 4 Roy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Killing Hour by Lisa Gardner is a mystery crime thriller about a determined agent and a mad killer. FBI detective Kimberly Quincy is a great character in the book that is determined to catch the killer. One of her advisers tells her that, “Oh, for the love of God. There is no agent more agent than you. I swear you have pin-striped ties encrypted into your DNA. When you die, the coffin is going to read Property of the FBI.” trying to explain that she shouldn't be so frustrated about catching ...more
Pam Evans
I was impressed by the detailed way the author presented each crime scene. She admitted at the beginning of the book that she had tons of help with developing this. As a reader, that set up the expectation that this book would be boring and the characters flat.

I was happily wrong! Although the book did drag in a couple of places, I was so engrossed I was able to finish it in one day. I did rate it a 3, although I would probably give it a 3 1/2 overall.

Firstly, trust me I know that this has noth
Really good characterization with strong characters, lots of action and suspense, and good details about forensic evidence and survival tips. I'd have given the story a five but I chaffed a bit not having the back story on some of the characters' reactions and emotions. I know this is the fourth book in the Quincy/Rainie series--and I have read them--but not recently enough to flesh out the interrelationships. But as the action spiraled faster and faster, I forgot all that and was grabbed by the ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
This is the second book by Lisa Gardner I've read in the last few weeks (the other was The Neighbour). While being a bit disappointed with the first one I thought I'd better check out another of her books to see whether her books should remain on my bookshelf or become part of my big 2014 de-cluttering project, whereupon they would return to my local second hand shop. It seems based on The Killing Hour, for now her books are staying where they are as I really enjoyed this one. At first I was a l ...more
Jessica Frey
Two stars. This book was kind of all over the place. I'm fine suspending reality in some spots for a fiction novel, but I found myself having to ignore improbabilities in every aspect of this book - the investigation, the killer, the girls, the environment. The investigation was a mess. The killer wasn't all that secretive about his actions (you're telling me he follows 12 girls in his own car, buys mass quantities of drugs, brings them onto a military base, drives them around two entire states ...more
Dec 31, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This was one of those books where it kept climbing and climbing and climbing and you really, really wanted to read all the time so you could figure out what would happen, but then it's so depressing because you don't want the book to be over. All the time and effort put into a book, just to have to start over with another one.

But, all that aside, I loved this book. I put off reading it for awhile because the blurb just didn't seem interesting to me. As much as I love Quincy books, I wasn't much
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New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in po
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Other Books in the Series

Quincy & Rainie (7 books)
  • The Perfect Husband (Quincy & Rainie, #1)
  • The Third Victim (Quincy & Rainie, #2)
  • The Next Accident (Quincy & Rainie, #3)
  • Gone (Quincy & Rainie, #5)
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“Oh, for the love of God. There is no agent more agent than you. I swear you have pin-striped ties encrypted into your DNA. When you die, the coffin is going to read Property of the FBI.” 4 likes
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