Urge to Kill (Frank Quinn Series #4)

Urge to Kill (Frank Quinn Series #4)

by John Lutz

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For A Killer, Once Is Never Enough

Homicide detective Frank Quinn can't stay retired when a new breed of murdering madman is on the prowl. In a city terrorized by bloody brutality, Quinn and his team hunt a psychopath who lures beautiful women into a night of unbridled passion, then wakes them to a vicious, drawn-out death. Stumbling over a trail of horribly defiled bodies, Quinn can't seem to catch up to the killer—because the killer is about to catch up to him. . .

"Lutz is in rare form."—The New York Times Book Review on Chill of Night

"Gritty. . .Surprising. . .. Enthralling."—Publishers Weekly on In For the Kill

"A dazzling tour de force."—St. Louis Post Dispatch on Chill of Night

"Lutz knows how to make you shiver."
—Harlan Coben

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786018451
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: Frank Quinn Series , #4
Edition description: Original
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 587,656
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.77(h) x 1.24(d)

About the Author

A multiple Edgar and Shamus Award winner—including the Shamus Lifetime Achievement Award—John Lutz is the author of over forty books. His novel SWF Seeks Same was made into the hit movie Single White Female, and The Ex was a critically acclaimed HBO feature. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and Sarasota, Florida. Visit him online at www.johnlutzonline.com.

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Urge to Kill 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After being injured in the line of duty, homicide detective Frank Quinn accepted a disability retirement, but he remained a contractor available to the police force as occasionally case surfaces that require his special skills. The Police Commissioner Harley Renz has a particularly gruesome serial killer that he wants Frank to find. Men are being brutally murdered with the perpetrator taking a .25 caliber gun from the victim's phone which is in his pocket. Frank obsesses over finding this maniac because the culprit killed one of the detectives Joe Garlin who worked narcotics. While working this personal difficult case, another serial killer surfaces who kkills and guts his victims as if he is carving up a deer with a hunting knife. The police believe the same person has expanded his modus operendi to bring new sadistic satiation. Frank fears he will be the next victim as he offers himself up as bait to catch one perhaps two killers. Without fanfare, the dedicated protagonist believes it is his duty to end the killing reign as police work gives him satisfaction just like slicing and dicing does to his opponent. With a great twist Joh Lutz is at his best with his latest thrilling Kill police procedural (see NIGHT KILLS and IN FOR THE KILL) as his hero and his villain share more in common than people realize. Fans will relish this fast-paced electrifying thriller. Harriet Klausner
NancyT More than 1 year ago
This is the second book featuring these three characters that I have read, and Lutz again has come up with a winner. Not only are these main characters interesting, fun and quirky, the story line is outstanding as well. Lots of thrills, chills and a couple surprises too. Don't miss the excitement!
MystFanMJD More than 1 year ago
John Lutz has written another in his line of serial killer thrillers, and this one has a new and intriguing plot line -- is there one killer or are there two. The killings are vastly dissimilar and yet the professionals believe it possible that both serial killers are in fact one. It takes some very scary twists and turns to unravel this mystery and you are left guessing until the very end. Along the way, a totally unrelated plot line about domestic violence is wound through the story -- you wonder if there is a tie, and worry about the resolution of this story along with the predominant plot -- and it has a very satisfying conclusion. Lutz had great character development for his killer(s) -- want to leave you guessing here -- with plenty of flashbacks to give the reader insight into compulsions. I loved this book, and if you like hard hitting thrillers, you should love it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Reacherfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really used to like Lutz as a writer. His past few books have been really bad. I don't mind the violence or swearing or anything like that in the book. What I don't like is that lack of a solid plot. This book has about 4 plots going at the same time, and just one of them was mildly interesting and the other was pretty good. The one plot to me that seemed decent was the one about the dead cop. The other plot I liked was a nasty serial killer. If Lutz just wrote about the "cop plot", or the killer plot, any one of thoset would have been a pretty darn good read. BUt only one. But no, Lutz didn't do that. So much of the book could have been taken out. One of the plots (I used that word with a grain of salt) Pearl had a mole and she wasn't sure if it was cancerous or not. Honestly, that was it. So much of the book was devoted to that. I mean, a lot of the book was. It was just such a drag to read about, and it slowed the story down. I also didn't like how there was a stalker and how Lutz devoted so much time to the stalker stalking people. At one point we read for 10 pages the stalker stalking someone. 10 pages! Couldn't Lutz just say, "He (the stalker) stalked her for the entire day to learn her patters and habits." There, done. It just took one sentence to say what Lutz said in 10 pages. Part of the book is told in a flashback so the reader can see what the killer/stalker was like as a child. Huh?! Do we really need to know this? I look at it this way, I don't need to know how an engine works to drive my car. Who cares why the killer/stalker turned out the way they did? Just tell a great story. This book has so much fluff in it and not enough of a solid plot that keeps the reader glued to the pages. I borrowed Urge to Kill from the library, and I still feel cheated. I say give this book a pass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you feeling bored? Read a John Lutz novel! You will perk right up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such an exciting and suspenseful read!
westchesterreader More than 1 year ago
Loved the first books in the series. Great characters and some good twists. This book seems as if he took the last book and just filled in the blanks here and there with different names and a new plot. Very boring and I was disappointed.
franFDG More than 1 year ago
I have read series 1,2 ,and 3 and 4 is even better. Love this author. His books are hard to put down. You won't be sorry!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey jon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope you guys like Japanese girls!!!! (thers two Candys)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah. Not how the main character of 'Unbroken' would be treated. This is what serfs(Servants) in the middle ages would be treated like. Dumba<_>sses! Dont lie about the real experiance if you haven't, A. Seen the movie. Or, B. Read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Really? Thanks losers! Spend your lifw watseing each day on this bit<_>ch bye!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brings in annas soup "here you are my lady!" (My new bio is on next res!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She peered at Master, rubbing the tips of her fingers together. "Hm. Hello l've been informed to go here, and paid."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think theres only one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I dont know. All i know is tht your all ho<_>es and bi<_>tches." With that he droped a gernade without the pin and ran out
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Cuts your tounge out
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Skiped in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hello, I'm a new Slave. My name is Princess Flames, but, call me Fire Bird."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*She noded.* "Yes I am."
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I walk in with boo.ty shorts and a belly shirt on and gold hight heels and my long blond hair to the side
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She smiles brightly.. " alright."