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Darker Than Night (Frank Quinn #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  966 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
A killer dubbed 'The Night Prowler" has turned the city that doesn't sleep into a town kept awake by terror. Unseen, he enters couples' homes. Unsuspected, he lingers until the perfect moment arrives. He leaves "gifts" for his victims--before taking their lives. Enter ex-homicide cop Frank Quinn, still reeling in the wake of an elaborate setup that ended his career. For Qu ...more
Paperback, 541 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jan 22, 2016 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I have read by Lutz (the first was Final Seconds). I found both of these books to be fast-paced thrillers which kept my attention. This book is the first in the Frank Quinn series. Quinn is an ex New York police detective who is called in to try to get a handle on the murder of a married couple that happened in the middle of the night. Quinn is also a wrongly accused child rapist who is given this opportunity by the assistant chief of NYPD to perhaps get back on the polic ...more
Jul 22, 2015 Robjr73 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. A scary, dark, whodunit that I guarantee you will not predict. Ever read Michael Slade? I'd compare this book to one of his. A truly sick and twisted psycho killer known as the Night Prowler is stalking and killing married couples. There are a ton of characters in this book and multiple storylines going on to throw you off to where you won't see the shock ending coming. This is book 1 of the "Frank Quinn series" where we're introduced to Quinn, an ex cop, and his two sidekic ...more
Joanne Fish
Unfinished business

I won't go into what this story is about as you can read that on Amazon. However, I do have to agree with the 3 star reviews. By chapter 23 I was asking myself the same questions ass some of the other readers. It's implausible that you find strange gifts in your apparment that your husband denies giving you and alarms don't sound in your head. So, if they had done what common dictated, change the locks, end of story. At chapter 23, and you, ass a sensible person is crying out
Michael Sova
Aug 29, 2014 Michael Sova rated it really liked it
We've all heard that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. The truth is, book buyers are likely to do just that. But it's the title that will get that perspective consumer to first pluck the book off the shelf. Of course, now that so many bookshelves are virtual and shelf space is limitless, a catchy title is even more important. Nonfiction authors strive for titles that will pop up in as many keyword search categories as possible. For the fiction writer, it's not so cut and dry. The origina ...more
Magdalena Stawniak
Aug 18, 2014 Magdalena Stawniak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth Horton-Newton
Mar 11, 2014 Elizabeth Horton-Newton rated it really liked it
If you have read any of Lutz's books with Quinn, Pearl, and Fedderman you probably already know a little about their relationships. This story starts off with the first time they team up to solve serial murders in New York. The characters are a little shallow in places but the mystery is worth putting up with them. Some of the relationships seem a bit illogical and reactions a tad unbelievable. But as always Lutz has created a fascinating protagonist. My only complaint is one I have with both of ...more
Brian Lee
Mar 16, 2012 Brian Lee rated it it was amazing
Really liked this book. The first Lutz book I have read. And the first in Lutz's Frank Quinn murder mystery series set in New York City. I like that Lutz is not afraid to fill his novel with a host of interesting characters from good cops, bad cops, and a really evil killer. This book is very R-rated as a serial killer novel should be
May 31, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
This was the first book I had read by this author and it was ok but some things within the story line just seemed off. I had a hard time buying that the couples who were killed would not have been more freaked out by finding items in their apartment that they knew they had not put there. I also had a hard time buying that Quinn and his partners were such great detectives and cops when they kept messing up and not taking some of the leads seriously and then the final take down seemed to be one mi ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Clare rated it really liked it
When I figured out I had started this series in the middle of it I had to find the first book in the Quinn series and try again.
And I am glad I did as there was a lot going on I didnt understand and now do, so it just goes to show some series you need to start at book one.
I really enjoyed this book it helps you get to know the characters and why they are the way they are.
The only downside for me personally was there was a few to many characters fighting for attention and I did get a bit confused
Aug 13, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Best way for me to describe this book was "Too Much"

Too many characters, too many side stories, too many dead ends, too many pages to read to just get to the end.

I love a good suspense/thriller, and serial killers are my favorite, but this one just bored me. Good story, just poorly delivered.

Lutz should have trimmed some of the story fat, cut out Fedderman completely or killed him early on. I'd argue to not have him though because honestly by chapter 3 I was OVER WHELMED with characters that wer
Oct 20, 2014 Marti rated it really liked it
The Night Prowler is a scary character--one you would not want to have choose you for a victim. He targets couples, and first leaves little gifts before showing up and killing them. Combating him is a team of three police officers--one of which is an accused sex predator--he didn't do it. The other two are an out of shape veteran cop, and a woman who gets involved with Frank Quinn, the sex suspect. There are a few twists in the plot.
Mar 26, 2015 henrys-axe rated it it was amazing
My first introduction to John Lutz will not be my last. For some reason I kept visualizing Frank Quinn as a double of Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) in the old NYPD Blue TV series. In spite of some weak links this was an exceptional suspense thriller. The "Night Prowler" is truly one of the nastiest in the police procedural heartless serial killer. I'm most definitely looking forward to the next in the series.
Joanne Parkington
Dec 04, 2014 Joanne Parkington rated it it was ok
I'm not sure how any of these 'detectives' ever solve anything as even when obvious evidence is staring them in the face or is right under their nose's they either don't see it or choose to completely ignore it!! Which left me screaming with pure annoyance toward's the later stage's of this book. A perfect example being the start of chapter 62 ... it's right there!!! FFS!!! If Lutz was aiming for drama & intrigue he missed by a country mile and ended up with a confused and infuriating mess. ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Leona rated it liked it
I really think I read this books years ago but I'm not sure and I only started to keep a list of the books I've read in the last couple of years (unfortunately). I really like John Lutz but I wasn't too thrilled about this one. I hate when the author asks me to suspend all rationale thinking in order to advance the story and I had to do that more than once with this book. The fact that each of the husband and wife couples have such a bizarre relationship - when "gifts" appear in the home, either ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Arlene rated it it was amazing
A good read with a surprise ending. A killer dubbed "The Night Prowler" has turned the city that doesn't sleep into a town kept awake by terror. Unseen, he enters couples' homes. Unsuspected, he lingers until the perfect moment arrives. He leaves "gifts" for his victims - before taking their lives. Enter ex-homicide cop Frank Quinn
Stacey Nelson
Jul 29, 2015 Stacey Nelson rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It is a page turner, full of twists that kept me intrigued. I caught myself laughing during various parts of the story and even yelling at the stupidity of some characters, lol. I was def into the story and I loved all the surprises. John Lutz will def leave you asking about any future unexpected gifts you may receive in your future.
Dec 04, 2015 Nancy rated it did not like it
The story jumped all over the place, even within chapters. Very abrupt changes from one character to another, no formatting to indicate that a change was coming. Way too many characters and stories to keep track of. The author seriously needs to pare down the story and move it along more quickly and smoothly.
Oct 04, 2015 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel wasn't as interesting to me as other books of Lutz's that I've read. It took too long to bring the different characters in the story together to begin to see what they had to do with each other. Overall, it was just too loosely plotted. Otherwise, it was a good read.
Oct 20, 2015 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Didn't see it coming

Bought as most of the books I buy-books for $2. So glad I did. I was disappointed when I thought I'd reached the end but no! I'd never have guessed the ending. Rough but redeemed detective quick moving story crazy twists fun
shirley davis
Good read

good read surprise ending but you still have to wonder about one of the characters
what is he really up to?? maybe he will show up again in another book. don't want to ruin it for anyone else. just read the book.
Geri Makris
Oct 01, 2014 Geri Makris rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book, particularly the interaction between the three cops. The plot was intricate & quite ingenious. I had problems with the victims however. Are people really that stupid? I will read Lutz again.
laura m
Aug 29, 2014 laura m rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good crime read
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Mar 29, 2014 Sylvia rated it really liked it
Murder-mystery, especially "serial killer books", are my favorite genre.
I liked the great plotted story of Darker Than Night and could hardly stopp reading. When I reached the last page I was very surprised about the startling ending. This I did not expect!
What I did not like was that neither wife nor husband had second thoughts about the unexplained gifts. Those gifts should have been a big warning sign.
This was my first book by John Lutz but not my last.
Mar 24, 2014 Conrad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good solid read

Good solid read

enjoyable if predictable crime novel...Quinn is a great
character that I want to know so much more about...I win read more....
Frances Meyer
Entertaining Mystery.

I enjoyed this book very much. Interesting characters. I would definitely recommend it to mystery lovers like me. I need more words...there.
Aug 18, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
This was the first John Lutz book I have read and I loved it! Great suspense story that kept me guessing till the end.
Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Carol Sorrell
Nov 09, 2015 Carol Sorrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read

Very good read for my first book by Lutz.
Kept the reader guessing as to who the real murderer was until the very end
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
Nothing new. Nothing original. A typical modern thriller with mediocre mystery and generic characters - a damaged detective and a broken killer with a dark secret from the past. One time read. Not one plot element to remember.
Feb 06, 2014 Marilyn rated it liked it
I liked the book and kept reading despite it being implausible at times. Even tho I only gave it three stars, I will likely continue with his books.
Brett Wallach
Nov 15, 2015 Brett Wallach rated it it was ok
Exclamations galore! Unnecessary flashbacks! Every cop/serial killer cliche known to man! Loads of filler! This novel has it all!
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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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