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Review: In For The Kill

In For The Kill
Title: In For The Kill
Author: John Lutz
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Pinnacle
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 477
Keywords: thriller
Reading period: 20 Aug–3 Sep, 2016

The “Butcher” is leaving dis­mem­bered corpses of women all over New York City and he seems to want to get Frank Quinn’s goat. Quinn is a former police captain, who’s been called back from retirement along with two of his former team members, Pearl, his ex-girlfriend, and the slovenly Fedderman. The “Butcher” is brilliant and the body count is climbing.

While the book is properly sus­pense­ful, I couldn’t suspend my disbelief at the notion that the NYPD would have little more than Quinn’s tiny team working on such a major case. Of the main characters, I found Pearl the most in­ter­est­ing: prickly and human. Quinn is something of a superhuman cypher, except where his teenaged daughter is concerned. And the Butcher was too good (bad?) to be true.

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