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Fear The Night (Night #5)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  341 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
A Madman's Obsession Is A City's Nightmare

He comes out when the sun goes down. He's made New York City his shooting gallery. The Night Sniper threatens to increase the body count-unless legendary homicide detective Vin Repetto is willing to engage him in a lethal game of cat and mouse. When the next victim is murdered right before Repetto's eyes, the game is set to begin.
ebook, 480 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Pinnacle (first published November 1st 2005)
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May 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
New York CIty cop Vin Repetto retired after taking a bullet on the job. He was the best at catching serial killers. Now, someone is killing innocent bystanders on the streets and the public has dubbed the killer as the Night Sniper. The Night Sniper insists that he will only deal with Repetto and he will keep killing until Repetto gets involved. After someone close to Repetto is killed, he is determined to bring the serial sniper to justice.

Although I didn't like this one as much as I usually li
Ruth Niles
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the library, looking for a book by Lisa Lutz (not there), I saw this audio book and took a chance. Great story, good reader (always helps), full of action. There's a night sniper who tells the police who the next victim will be, not by name but by the nursery rhyme "rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief, etc." And he still kills them all. Very well written, action and suspense right to the end. I would like to read more books by John Lutz.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense thriller fans
I have enjoyed many previous John Lutz novels, including those featuring NYPD Detective Frank Quinn. In Fear the Night, Lutz introduces a new character, another retired NYPD Detective named Vin Repetto. Unlike Quinn, Repetto is married and has a college-aged daughter. Although I enjoyed the book, I have to say that I prefer Quinn and the characters associated with him.

However, Lutz does his usual masterful job of creating a dark and devious villain, in this case a serial killer sniper, who prow
The Night Sniper's rampage in New York has called a decorated police captain out of retirement and it turns into a lethal game of cat and mouse. The characters are well formed and the story of how the Night Sniper came to be was well done.
Al Canary
It was a fun read, with lots of "backstory" on the characters, but with no clue as to why the killer was so focused on the lead detective...??? Hmmmmm... I guess that this genre doessnt always have to contain plausability. LgGrin
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fear the Night is an o.k. sniper/serial killer story. Good character development leads to big let down. Rework the ending and I would add a star. As it is, I would say "skip it."
RS Fuster
I really enjoyed this story and its characters, with all their short comings. I especially liked Bobby. To bad Lutz didn't develop this character further. Yet I have to say that I didn't like the way the book ended. I feel like Lutz just lost interest or his muse.
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
10/6/11 Oh, man, I have to set this aside. It is very slow going. Two days and I haven't gotten to page 100 yet. That's not typical of my reading. Nothing against the book otherwise just not moving very quickly through the story. I won't say boring but it's close.

10/9/11 I persevered and finished this book this morning. It was excellently written but could have been considerably shortened. Page count over 480 could have been 100 less and still told the story.

Vin Repetto, retired NYPD serial kill
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: fiction, crime
This book was a disappointment to me, but don't let that stop you if you like this sort of writing. The story was decent but predictable. While I enjoyed listening to it on CD, many things about the writing gave me pause, interupting the flow of the story. It's extremely cliched in every way. Every female is beautiful and described physically in detail. Come on. LAPD? Full of gorgeous women?

This isn't a book for more sophisticated tastes. There are enough awkward adjectives for the reader to ta
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read this book because it was on a shelf at the lodge we stayed at during vacation, and I'd already read the book I brought with me.

Fear the Night was okay, but pretty formulaic. Also, the proofreader should be shot. There was one page in which the word "arugula" was misspelled 3 times, and in 3 different ways. Also, the lead character's daughter's last name was misspelled twice in one paragraph.
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
There's a pattern to Lutz's books. With a serial killer terrorizing New York City, a retired policeman is hired to set up a task force with two other policemen [or women]. They are always good books, but I do wish he used Frank Quinn for all his books rather than changing the retiree. I suggest you don't read two of his in a row because they blend together!
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, crime
I have yet to be disappointed with a John Lutz novel. He's characters are always well developed and believable. While this serial killer was somewhat "tame" in comparison to previous stories, it was still a page-turner from start to finish.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one started out slow but got better as it progressed. I liked Repetto, though all of John Lutz's books seem to have the same characters and the same story lines, just different killers. I still like the Frank Quinn series the best.
This was a story with interesting characters and a quick pace. It was good, but it has pretty graphic (and a multitude of) death scenes, and I kept feeling like this was a sequel to a previous book or series, but I don't find any evidence of that.
Marion Mockridge
Audiobook narrated by Scott Brick: a sniper stalks New York City; chilling and realistic. Compelling. Great ending. Lead detective was disappointing as a crime solver. Women play key rolls in the story. Great ending but no justice.
Sep 01, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good and fast-paced.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reader: Scott Brick gives his usual good reading performance. Serial killer story is interesting but graphic sex & foul language - unnecessary, especially for such a good storyteller.
John Bruening
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
First book read from John lutz and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was fast paced and kept me near the edge of my seat. I guess that's what any book about a serial killer would do though.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worst-2012
50ish pages in and I can't handle the writer's style anymore. THE guy doesn't have "IT" and doesn't take me away and make me forget I'm reading.
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
This was a good series although they could definitely be read as stand alones.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only read this book from the series. I enjoyed it, but imagine it would be better in the context of the series and known characters.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just couldn't get into this one for some reason, I kept picking it up and putting it down. I think I'll stick with the other series by the same author.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the story is basically good, it is practically a carbon copy of all his others with names changed
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always a good thing when one discovers a new excellent author , and one that has a lengthy catalog .
ok. good plot.retired homicide detective Vin Repetto hunts a serial killer that has the city in terror.
Adam Wilson
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Manages not to feel as formulaic as most pulp mysteries while using a few mystery cliches. How does Lutz pull it off? It's a mystery!
Feb 13, 2010 marked it as books-i-gave-up-on  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Jake Holeman
Shelves: mystery
I figure if a mystery novel doesn't suck me in within 100 pages, it's not worth reading. I gave up on this one.
Dec 03, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read - not quite police procedural, not quite thriller. Not really a mystery. I'm not sure it falls into a category...was expecting one of the three I guess.
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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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Night (6 books)
  • The Night Caller (Night #1)
  • The Night Watcher (Night #2)
  • The Night Spider (Night #3)
  • Darker Than Night (Frank Quinn, #1)
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