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Darker Than Night (Frank Quinn #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,232 Ratings  ·  106 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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Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Jeez ,my first issue with this book is "too much character in one novel" , and the second one is: it's a long long long loooooooooooooooooooong story, i even got lost in what's going on. I'll Get Back To It One Day.

Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After some online research, I've learned that John Lutz is the author of more than 35 novels and 250 short stories and articles. If my counting is correct, this book is his 33rd novel. This is the first of his books that I've read.

I read this as an ebook, and it had some formatting problems. Within chapters, there were changes in setting and character, but actual breaks in the typesetting weren't there. It was irritating to go from one paragraph to the next, then realize everything was different
Jan 16, 2016 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
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
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 23, 2012 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
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brian Durfee
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Oct 20, 2015 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
Mary Louise Skaggs
Good mystery--poor ending.

The story was interesting and kept Mr guessing about the murderer. However, the resolution was s bit far fetched to me-- felt cheated.
خالد أمين
Really good thriller .. stays true to the genre .. not impressive .. not original .. but really good
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good serial killer story. Different because the killer is targeting couples.
Michael Sova
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Arthur Okun
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am an old fan of John Lutz's early crime novels. But,the Frank Quinn series is new to me.
What a wonderful introduction to this series.DARKER THAN NIGHT is a superb,exciting
detective novel.Murders----unknown murderer----It started in Missouri and ended in
New York. The cast of detectives are a fun bunch.And there is even a love affair.
Don't read this novel before you plan to sleep---because you won't be able to put this book down.
Mainly because the NIGHT PROWLER gets into the bedroom.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a mystery

This is an amazing book. The story is very well written and moves quickly. The characters have lots of depth and pull you in the story leading you places and then surprising you with an unexpected twist. I read this in bed, very late at night and then stayed awake and cuddled close to my hubby until morning. The one complaint is that there were no spaces between the scenes so it was very confusing to be reading about a guy n a bar and in the next sentence about a woman in her bedr
Magdalena Stawniak
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kryminał
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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Nowym Jorkiem wstrząsa seria zabójstw bezdzietnych małżeństw. Najpierw kobiety odnajdują
Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brandon Bundy
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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
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
laura m
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good crime read
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Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad giving this novel only three stars. First, I listened to the audio version. If my player didn't have an option to speed up the reading, I wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes. Like other reviewers I found the backstories of all the victims too much. There were too many characters and I didn't follow those that well. That being said, the writing and the meat of this book was very good. Usually if I have to try really hard to keep so many tangents straight, I never would have finished. The f ...more
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
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that I liked but didn't like. I put this book aside for two weeks because I found it long and repetitive. I came back to it to find out who the murderer was. Although I thought the book could have easily been at least 100 pages shorter, I found it hard to put down for the last 150+ pages. I was surprised when the murderer was revealed so I'm glad I finished it. I didn't really feel connected to Quinn but maybe I wasn't suppose to. I doubt that I will read any more by t ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hodne charakterů, vice moznosti kdo je vrah. nejspis proto aby se ctenar zmatl. ale ja jsem se v tech jmenech spise ztracela. Moc taky nemusim to "zpatky do minulosti". Pribeh se mi zda zbytecne zdlouhavy. Taky se mi ze zacatku nelibilo ze hnrd na zacatku "vime" kdo je vrah. ale je to asi o zvyku a umoznuje to nahlednou do vrahovy mysli. oproti knixe Skladacka (10.dil teto serie) se mi tahle kniha libila vic. A urcite si jdu precist dalsi dil. i kdyz vlastne ani nevim proc. Neco na tom proste je ...more
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read, bad formatting

I had read this book before, but wanted to read the series again to pick up before reading the latter ones that I haven't read yet. I love the book, but was disappointed in the format job in the Kindle edition. There is no division indication when the scene changes our the author changes subjects making it often difficult to follow. Other than that, this series is one that everyone who enjoys serial killer themes should read.
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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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