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Pretty Maids All In A Row Six dead women in a hotel room. Five of them students, still in their teens. Tied up. Tortured. The NYPD recognizes the suspect's signature--three bloody initials carved into each victim's forehead. Ex-cop Frank Quinn has faced this madman before. Both bear scars from their last encounter. Killer and cop, hunter and prey . . . In a deadly game of m Pretty Maids All In A Row Six dead women in a hotel room. Five of them students, still in their teens. Tied up. Tortured. The NYPD recognizes the suspect's signature--three bloody initials carved into each victim's forehead. Ex-cop Frank Quinn has faced this madman before. Both bear scars from their last encounter. Killer and cop, hunter and prey . . . In a deadly game of matched wits, only one can prevail. It's not just about who gets killed. It's about who will survive . . .


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Pretty Maids All In A Row Six dead women in a hotel room. Five of them students, still in their teens. Tied up. Tortured. The NYPD recognizes the suspect's signature--three bloody initials carved into each victim's forehead. Ex-cop Frank Quinn has faced this madman before. Both bear scars from their last encounter. Killer and cop, hunter and prey . . . In a deadly game of m Pretty Maids All In A Row Six dead women in a hotel room. Five of them students, still in their teens. Tied up. Tortured. The NYPD recognizes the suspect's signature--three bloody initials carved into each victim's forehead. Ex-cop Frank Quinn has faced this madman before. Both bear scars from their last encounter. Killer and cop, hunter and prey . . . In a deadly game of matched wits, only one can prevail. It's not just about who gets killed. It's about who will survive . . .

30 review for Frenzy

  1. 5 out of 5

    RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)

    2 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Ninth book with Frank Quinn and his team.. This book went back and forth, time framed that is, which got very confusing. However it came all together. Ended up being a Good Read....

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I usually love John Lutz books. This time around, I had a hard time with it. The time jumping took a little getting used to. I had a hard time remembering if it was New York present day or three years ago. I did love the fact that the psycho killer was as creepy as always, and as equally twisted as any other bad men in a Lutz novel. I found learning his background was helpful to the story as well. I didn't particularly enjoy a few things: the woke art-centric piece and the character Nancy Weaver I usually love John Lutz books. This time around, I had a hard time with it. The time jumping took a little getting used to. I had a hard time remembering if it was New York present day or three years ago. I did love the fact that the psycho killer was as creepy as always, and as equally twisted as any other bad men in a Lutz novel. I found learning his background was helpful to the story as well. I didn't particularly enjoy a few things: the woke art-centric piece and the character Nancy Weaver. Oh, and I would have liked to have seen more of Feds and less of Minnie. At least the premise behind the killer seemed original.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    A serial killer has returned to New York City and he does his best to entice retired homicide detective Frank Quinn in the pursuit. There is also a parallel story about a bust of a beautiful woman by Michelangelo.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Terri Wino

    I struggled with this one a little at the beginning, due to the jumping back and forth between time periods, especially since this was my secondary book that I only read a few pages from each day. About half way through I got more used to what was happening in each time period and the book flowed a little better at that point. However, I have to say I did not enjoy the storyline dealing with the missing art and felt it was a stretch connection with the killer. This definitely wasn't one of my fav I struggled with this one a little at the beginning, due to the jumping back and forth between time periods, especially since this was my secondary book that I only read a few pages from each day. About half way through I got more used to what was happening in each time period and the book flowed a little better at that point. However, I have to say I did not enjoy the storyline dealing with the missing art and felt it was a stretch connection with the killer. This definitely wasn't one of my favorites in the series, but I like Quinn and company, so I'll keep coming back for the next installment.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steve Sawczyn

    I really love this series, but this one was a bit hard to follow. Am hopeful that the next one will get more on track.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    The killer leaves his mark..... Six women are found dead in a hotel room - five of them were students and still in their teens. Tied up tortured, these are signature killings recognised by the NYPD from the three bloody initials carved into each victim's forehead:DOA. Ex-cop Frank Quinn has faced this madman before and both men bear the scars from their last encounter. Killer and cop, hunter and prey, find themselves in a deadly game of matched wits where only one can prevail. It's not just about The killer leaves his mark..... Six women are found dead in a hotel room - five of them were students and still in their teens. Tied up tortured, these are signature killings recognised by the NYPD from the three bloody initials carved into each victim's forehead:DOA. Ex-cop Frank Quinn has faced this madman before and both men bear the scars from their last encounter. Killer and cop, hunter and prey, find themselves in a deadly game of matched wits where only one can prevail. It's not just about who will be killed, but who will survive.......

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This one started off well, but then things started happening that just didn't make sense. Unfortunately, the plot got quite thin near the end. This one started off well, but then things started happening that just didn't make sense. Unfortunately, the plot got quite thin near the end.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Davis

    A Fair Read Frenzy was not one of my favorite John Lutz novels. A bit slow and predictable I'm sorry to say as Lutz is one of my favorite authors. A Fair Read Frenzy was not one of my favorite John Lutz novels. A bit slow and predictable I'm sorry to say as Lutz is one of my favorite authors.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy W.

    Unexpectedly a great mystery.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Joan Venn

    No frenzy Sorry, not for me. Didn't finish this book I gave up after reaching 27% of absolute rubbish. Would not buy from this author again. No frenzy Sorry, not for me. Didn't finish this book I gave up after reaching 27% of absolute rubbish. Would not buy from this author again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    bandy

    different Had a hard time keeping up with storyline. Interesting but i prefer a little more action as in his previous books

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    "Frenzy" by John Lutz which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is a fast-paced, chilling crime thriller that begins with the death of six women tortured in a hotel room, five of them teens. When former homicide captain Frank Quinn is hired to assist the NYPD in the case he recognizes the killer's monogram- D.O.A. - carved into their foreheads. A killer he almost died pursuing, and thought dead in airplane crash, Frank knows he's back to playing a deadly cat and mouse game with him. But, this time "Frenzy" by John Lutz which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is a fast-paced, chilling crime thriller that begins with the death of six women tortured in a hotel room, five of them teens. When former homicide captain Frank Quinn is hired to assist the NYPD in the case he recognizes the killer's monogram- D.O.A. - carved into their foreheads. A killer he almost died pursuing, and thought dead in airplane crash, Frank knows he's back to playing a deadly cat and mouse game with him. But, this time the monster's hunting for treasure while on his murder spree and Frank has to locate it before he can bring the serial killer to justice. In a mesmerizing plot John Lutz weaves threads of a plot with links to the 1993 murder of a wealthy businessman and his girlfriend, the 1940's escape of a soldier from the beaches of Dunkirk and a murder spree in present day New York city. With unique twists and turns the strands of the story converge in an explosive ending that's nerve-racking and thrilling. With clever dexterity the author gradually builds tension and suspense, holding the reader breathless as Frank Quinn begins to unravel clues that link a family dynasty to a missing work of art smuggled out of France in WWII to the killer's agenda, while trying to protect his colleagues and his partner Pearl Kasner. The action never stops in a game of wits where killer and cop constantly interchange roles of hunter and prey. The plot is filled with lies, secrets, subterfuge and playacting as Frank Quinn engages not only with an overzealous and clever killer but is thwarted at every turn by a family that wants to keep the work of art from being discovered. The characters are well-developed, realistic and have a complexity of personality that adds fuel to this high-powered story. Frank Quinn, the head of Quinn and Associates Investigations (Q&A) is highly intelligent, obsessive and persevering; intent on bringing killers to justice but keeping a loose foot on legalities. I loved the witty use of Q& A as an acronym for Frank Quinn's Company because he's tough and relentless in the question and answer department of a crime. Pearl Kasner 's not only his diligent, brave and clever partner but Frank's lover. Similarly Officer Nancy Weaver feels a strong loyalty to Frank in her role as the NYPD liaison to his company. She's tenacious, resilient and smart, but has a reputation for having an overactive sex drive. Of the other colourful personalities in this gripping story Minnie Miner is the double-crossing, ambitious, aggressive yet charming talk show host; Dr. Julius Nift, the insensitive and irritating medical examiner; and Dwayne Aiken the abused fourteen year old who hides his sadistic egotism under a tactile, attentive and charming facade. The story is riveting from the first page to the last and I recommend it to those that love a compelling and totally enthralling crime thriller.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alex Turfa

    The many other reviews of this book tell a lot about it, so I’ll just comment that I found it to be a really superior contemporary American crime thriller, which is actually only an occasional reading genre for me. I generally prefer mysteries set in past times – perhaps because of the possibilities for additional perspective. It’s hard to think that deeply about our present because we’re right in the middle of it. I suppose that I’ve been disappointed by contemporary crime thrillers that just s The many other reviews of this book tell a lot about it, so I’ll just comment that I found it to be a really superior contemporary American crime thriller, which is actually only an occasional reading genre for me. I generally prefer mysteries set in past times – perhaps because of the possibilities for additional perspective. It’s hard to think that deeply about our present because we’re right in the middle of it. I suppose that I’ve been disappointed by contemporary crime thrillers that just seem to lack something & miss what should have been their opportunities for success. I’m glad that a friend gave me Frenzy. It worked for me where others have failed. While enjoying this book, it occurred to me that a less skillful author would have easily upset the balance that John Lutz maintained so well throughout: balance between alternating story lines, the investigators a people with personal lives versus them as investigators per se, the view through the eyes of the criminal without sympathizing or excusing, the hidden treasure motif, the family secrets, the essential New York angle (could this have been any other city?), the numerous cliff-hangers that the author pulled off so well. Yes, this was a long book –quite long for a crime thriller – but not padded – that really keeps the reader going.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    *Goodreads First Reads advanced copy* For the most part I found Frenzy to be a well written thriller. The pace of the story and the storyline in general were wonderful. I did find a few annoyances though. First the killer in the story seemed to go against his nature at several points in the story. This allows various characters to survive. This leads to a subsequent annoyance in the story. Two of the characters in the book seem to miraculously survive (though I really did want them to survive). Th *Goodreads First Reads advanced copy* For the most part I found Frenzy to be a well written thriller. The pace of the story and the storyline in general were wonderful. I did find a few annoyances though. First the killer in the story seemed to go against his nature at several points in the story. This allows various characters to survive. This leads to a subsequent annoyance in the story. Two of the characters in the book seem to miraculously survive (though I really did want them to survive). The fact that one of them was able to respond almost as nothing happened after having been tortured and then trapped within the trunk of a car almost to the point of death seemed highly inconceivable. That was followed up by another character, having had her throat severed, being able to minutes later shoot the killer in the head and then walk over to the main character as if nothing was wrong. Overall I did enjoy the story and would recommend it to fans of psychological thrillers. Just be aware there will be some implausible moments.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    PB/Thriller: It was okay. The novel is book nine in the series. I've read none of the others, but it was easy to get the gist of how everyone related to each other and their personality traits. While Quinn, our hero, is a good guy with a honorable moral compass, it was hard to know him since the book is in third person. The novel is two and a half stories. The story of the mystery item, the escalation of a serial killer, and the present day murder mystery. They all gel together for an interestin PB/Thriller: It was okay. The novel is book nine in the series. I've read none of the others, but it was easy to get the gist of how everyone related to each other and their personality traits. While Quinn, our hero, is a good guy with a honorable moral compass, it was hard to know him since the book is in third person. The novel is two and a half stories. The story of the mystery item, the escalation of a serial killer, and the present day murder mystery. They all gel together for an interesting story. However, it seemed like there were a lot of fillers on behavior or events of minor characters that were not necessary to the main story. I liked the two female characters, Pearl and Weaver, the best.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I won this amazing book, from one of my favourite authors, here on Goodreads. I read the prequel, Carnage, on my Kobo first. Wow! What an amazing book! John Lutz is an amazing author! I loved this book from the first page to the last. Frank Quinn is back! This killer, D.O.A., not only is a serial killer, but he also has another "reason" for killing some. I won't reveal anything, but run to the book store, library or ebook site and buy this book. Thank you so much to Goodreads, and to John Lutz f I won this amazing book, from one of my favourite authors, here on Goodreads. I read the prequel, Carnage, on my Kobo first. Wow! What an amazing book! John Lutz is an amazing author! I loved this book from the first page to the last. Frank Quinn is back! This killer, D.O.A., not only is a serial killer, but he also has another "reason" for killing some. I won't reveal anything, but run to the book store, library or ebook site and buy this book. Thank you so much to Goodreads, and to John Lutz for allowing me to escape once again. : )

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    It is a bit lengthy compared to Lutz's other novels and goes back and forth in time and told from different perspectives--not something I usually like. It was hard to get interested and piece together but it did mesh. I found myself hitting editing mistakes that bothered me in addition to following the story line. You know who the murderer is early on in the book, so you just have to read to see how he is caught. It is a bit lengthy compared to Lutz's other novels and goes back and forth in time and told from different perspectives--not something I usually like. It was hard to get interested and piece together but it did mesh. I found myself hitting editing mistakes that bothered me in addition to following the story line. You know who the murderer is early on in the book, so you just have to read to see how he is caught.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jarod

    I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. This was a pretty good detective story with a Serial Killer from the past come back to haunt the main character. The art subplot seemed a little forced toward the end as well as choices the killer made that did not make sense, but allowed characters to survive. The ending was a little rushed with an odd phone conversation at the end that did not make much sense to me. All in all a pretty good book with interesting characters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marci

    The book kept me on my toes! I wasn't super fond of Quinn, I had a hard time picturing him or rooting for him throughout the book. The killer is definitely psychotic and it is hard to spend any time in his mind or follow him as he stalks his prey. I also was a bit lost about the main family in the story. They didn't seem all that relevant and they just confused me as I tried to follow what was going on. The book kept me on my toes! I wasn't super fond of Quinn, I had a hard time picturing him or rooting for him throughout the book. The killer is definitely psychotic and it is hard to spend any time in his mind or follow him as he stalks his prey. I also was a bit lost about the main family in the story. They didn't seem all that relevant and they just confused me as I tried to follow what was going on.

  21. 4 out of 5

    PhobicPrerogative

    So on Chapter 50 I stumbled upon a tidbit: Prentis, 1995: Already, an Illinois sophomore in Clearwater had fallen to his death from a third-floor balcony while drunk and convinced he could leap to the next balcony. He had boldly announced his intention so there would be plenty of photographs and YouTube videos. A record of his feat. There was YouTube in 1995? How did I not know this!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Found this to be an exceptional thriller. Had lots of fast paced action and found that it was hard to put down. This is the first one of the series that I have read, but am going to start back with #1. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Loulou

    I enjoyed this so much I finished it in 2 sittings. I enjoyed the various plottings and the interesting combinations of characters. As a reader I always felt involved in the action and eager to follow the storylines to their next step and ultimate conclusion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Luann

    Unfortunately, this Frank Quinn story didn't hold my attention as well as past stories. This one seemed to drag on longer than necessary and had an alternate plot line that was unnecessary and dragged the book down. Just not one of the better stories in this series. Unfortunately, this Frank Quinn story didn't hold my attention as well as past stories. This one seemed to drag on longer than necessary and had an alternate plot line that was unnecessary and dragged the book down. Just not one of the better stories in this series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Adam Bricker

    Mystery, suspense, psycho killer, misplaced treasure, this book had it all. Just a really fun, enjoyable read. The characters were well-developed and played their part in moving the story along. I really enjoyed it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Allen Steele

    This was a good book. But it was a little choppy, with some flashbacks that were confusing at the time, but they came together at the end. The ending disposition of the characters would have been nice. Great firefight at the end. Good but not great.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Peter Wilson

    It was fast paced action but didn't explain the reasons for the actions. Plenty of jumbled short sentences that didn't make any sense . Apologies for been critical but there are far better crime writers about. It was fast paced action but didn't explain the reasons for the actions. Plenty of jumbled short sentences that didn't make any sense . Apologies for been critical but there are far better crime writers about.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Number 9 I just can't stop. This is my naughty obsession. I read a lot of mystery/ detective books but this is a favorite treat. I have read other books just to try and break of it but, I always come back. Number 9 I just can't stop. This is my naughty obsession. I read a lot of mystery/ detective books but this is a favorite treat. I have read other books just to try and break of it but, I always come back.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wilde Sky

    The hunt is on for a serial killer. I found the first 100 pages of this book gripping then the story got mixed up with a "missing piece of art plot" and ‎the pace / tension disappeared (at least for me). The hunt is on for a serial killer. I found the first 100 pages of this book gripping then the story got mixed up with a "missing piece of art plot" and ‎the pace / tension disappeared (at least for me).

  30. 5 out of 5

    JenniferB

    Thriller about serial killer set in New York. Style too abrupt. Selected because it was in a type of "lucky dip" at the library. Author also wrote SWF, but I probably won't read a book of his again. Thriller about serial killer set in New York. Style too abrupt. Selected because it was in a type of "lucky dip" at the library. Author also wrote SWF, but I probably won't read a book of his again.

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