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Darker Than Night (Frank Quinn #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  743 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Darker Than Night

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 h
ebook, 544 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2004)
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Michael Sova
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
Mrok czai się nie tylko w ciemnych kątach

Dom to azyl, miejsce, w którym czujemy się swobodnie i naturalnie, w którym nie musimy udawać kogoś innego i zrzucamy maski. Dom to często wymarzone mieszkanie kupione za zaoszczędzone pieniądze, pieczołowicie urządzane przez wiele miesięcy, mające dawać ukojenie i wytchnienie po ciężkim dniu pracy. Wreszcie dom to bezpieczeństwo. Ale nie zawsze.

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Elizabeth Horton-Newton
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good crime read
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was the first in the series; I anticipate them getting better...........
Keeps you hooked til the very end every time. P.I. thriller/mystery.
Nicky Mottram
Struggled finishing this book, far fetched, won't be reading any more by this author!!
Wanted to like this book but would be doing a disservice to myself and others if I rated it any higher. One word to describe everything about this read: frustrating. Far to many characters, subplots that go nowhere, one dimensional characters, and an ending that makes life wonderful for everyone but the characters you're suppose to dislike. The author gives me no reason to pick up the next book in the series. Writing spoilers would be a blessing to those who decide to read.
Joyce McKune
Quinn has one last chance to make it on the NYPD. He has to find the killer.
James Fitzgerald
excellent read. couldn't put it down another serial killer thriller "the night prowler" nice twist at the end.
outstanding!!!! hunting for the next instalment
Christopher Todd
Even though I'm giving the book only three stars, I have to say I liked the book. It was a quick read; the twists kept me guessing; the characters were flawed, which makes--and keeps--them interesting; and best of all, when I finished the book I wanted to read another in the series. I haven't yet, but will.
Sandra Dark
I give the author one star for writing a book this thick. But the characters were poorly drawn, the dialogue was awful, and the exposition limped along with a broken leg. I give credit to my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for my wading through the whole thing despite all its shortcomings.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Frank Quinn (10 books)
  • In for the Kill (Frank Quinn #2)
  • Night Kills (Frank Quinn, #3)
  • Urge To Kill (Frank Quinn, #4)
  • Mister X (Frank Quinn, #5)
  • Serial (Frank Quinn, #6)
  • Pulse (Frank Quinn, #7)
  • Twist (Frank Quinn, #8)
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