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The Killing Hour (Quincy & Rainie #4)

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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  15,589 ratings  ·  442 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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Brenda
Sep 22, 2011 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Linda
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
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
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Cole Johnson
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
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Kathy
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
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Jill Manske
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
Christin
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
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John
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
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Marca
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
Tamara
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
Debbie
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
Denise
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
Jennifer
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
Mary Corbal
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.
Jen
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
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Eleni Konstantine
Fast paced, great story; had me thinking all the way through. Amazing read.
Paul
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
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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
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Dlora
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
Sharon
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
Cari
The Killing Hour by Lisa Gardner is a fast-paced, suspenseful work of crime fiction/mystery. A friend loaned it to me and I was a little worried that I'd be skipping ahead to book #4 of a series, but I really didn't feel like I was missing any pieces of backstory. I did, however, lack having much of a connection with the characters so I do wonder if it would have made a difference if I read the other books first. Honestly though, I think it's just the way the characters are written. I also didn' ...more
Terri Crossley
Heart stopping drama from the beginning till the end! This book will definitely keep you up all night and it will be worth the book hangover the next day! This book has it all mystery, murder, madman, and a touch of romance! When woman start to disappear the cops just think it is another kidnapping but what they don't realize is that a madman is on the loose and what he has planned for these girls is far worse then they could imagine! He takes two at a time one he kills the other he leaves alive ...more
Macjest
I found the plot line to be quite good but some of the characters were a bit blah. The Killing Hour sees the return of a few characters and while we see growth in them, I'm getting tired of the stock plot idea where two strangers meet and you know they're going to end up in bed. If I want a romance novel, I'll read one but I wish suspense and mysteries could be just that. Now as far as the story, two girls are abducted at the same time. One is killed immediately and left as a clue. It was intere ...more
Sara
Definitely the weakest of the Quincy/Rainie(Kimberly?) series so far. The plot was full of holes and kind of felt all over the place. The killer's method was imaginative and inventive, and that kept me interested, but the killer's identity left a lot to be desired as far as I'm concerned. I am still a fan of the Q&R relationship; in contrast, I HATED the introduction of Mac. I couldn't believe the amount of times he referred to Kimberly as "sweetie" or "honey." Lisa Gardner...honey...not all ...more
Jan
Had difficulty putting this book down; it was definitely a page turner. I am in awe of Gardner's imagination.
Nele
LOVED IT! Keeps you on the edge of your seat! Couldnt put it down!
Lindsey
I really love Lisa Gardner's books. I can't really put my finger on what happens, because in the end they are somewhat run-of-the-mill mystery novels, but they suck me right in and don't let me go. I enjoy her character development tremendously. The twist in this store (of course there was one, it was a mystery) was not quite surprising, but I was so involved in the relationships and people that I didn't even try to figure it out. I just let myself get swept up and finish the story. THis book wa ...more
★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★

A cold case grows hot again in Gardner's sixth high-octane page-turner, a romantic thriller that features rookie FBI agent Kimberly Quincy. Kimberly is the daughter of Pierce Quincy, former FBI profiler turned PI, last seen in The Next Accident. She's a tough, troubled young woman still recovering from the murders of her mother and sister six years earlier. During week nine of the FBI Academy's 16-week training program in Virginia, she discovers the body of a young woman who looks like her late
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
4 STARS

"Summertime and the killing is easy... For three summers, the residents of Atlanta have been gripped by terror when the temperature creeps up to a hundred. For with the relentless heat comes a vicious killer. Each time, he takes two girls. Each day, he waits for the first body to be discovered, a body that contains all the clues investigators need to find the second victim, who waits, prey to a slow but certain death. The police are never in time; the bodies always found months later in
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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 (6 books)
  • The Perfect Husband (Quincy & Rainie, #1)
  • The Third Victim (Quincy & Rainie, #2)
  • The Next Accident (Quincy & Rainie, #3)
  • Gone (Quincy & Rainie, #5)
  • Say Goodbye (Quincy & Rainie, #6)
Alone (Detective D.D. Warren, #1) Gone (Quincy & Rainie, #5) Love You More (Tessa Leoni, #1) The Perfect Husband (Quincy & Rainie, #1) The Third Victim (Quincy & Rainie, #2)

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