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Urge To Kill (Frank Quinn, Book 4) (A Frank Quinn Novel) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2009
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Mr. Lutz juggles several plot threads throughout this novel, from flashbacks to the killer's childhood to an abused woman's plight to the team of detectives brought in to find out the truth behind the newest killings. Each switch in viewpoint brings new insight to the story.
This is not a traditional mystery in that the reader is not presented with clues to solve the murders. As a matter of fact, the detectives are left with precious few actual clues. I do think it makes for a more realistic police procedural novel.
At first, the storyline appears rather disjointed with introductions of characters that appear to not have a part in the plot. However, all lines are eventually revealed to be knotted together.
There was one thread that was entirely unrelated. While reading these portions, I kept wondering how it was going to be tied in to the murders. This never happened. The scenario was resolved, but if you blink, you will miss it. The author used this thread as a metaphor to make a statement on the impact of violence on society.
Character Development: 4 3/4 Stars
This novel is as much of a character study as it is a mystery. The reader is introduced to each character carefully to provide insight into both killer and victim.
Quinn is essentially the main character. Having read previous novels in this series, I already had a feel for him. However, as a standalone, his development was somewhat lacking as the author fails to give much back story on his relationship with Pearl.
Pearl is an interesting contradiction as a strong woman who cannot seem to stand up to her mother. She is realistic and sympathetic far beyond her part in this story.
The victims were made real to the reader. Unlike a lot of serial killer type novels, Mr. Lutz makes his readers truly feel for the victims.
Writing Style: 5 Stars
I enjoy Mr. Lutz's writing style immensely. His prose flows so easily, filled with concise descriptions and excellent dialogue.
Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars
Both were of professional quality.
Rating: R for Graphic Violence and Sexual Discussions
The dialogue and the story were well done. I found it to be an enjoyable book, fast-paced and intriguing.
There are a lot of sub-plots in the story, so at first you have to wonder what all of these folks have to do with the story. Eventually they're all tied together, with the exception of one. I'm still not sure why these characters were in the story at all.
Definitely worth a read.
This is easily five stars. John Lutz has a new fan!
A serial killer is loose in NYC; Renz hires Quinn to solve the case outside the NYPD structure; Quinn, Pearl, and Fedderman find the killer (usually his rationale having been explained through the use of flashback chapters); the serial killer is dispatched (except in one case); Renz gets the credit and NYC is once again safe. Only the characters' names have been changed to protect the innocent.