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Night Watcher, the (2002) [Novel]
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Set in post 9/11 Manhattan, Lutz's (The Night Caller) gritty psychological thriller finds NYPD homicide detectives Rica Lopez and Ben Stack on the hunt for a vengeful serial killer whose modus operandi includes binding and burning his prey in their high-rise co-ops. The only clue they have to go on is that the Torcher has an apparent penchant for wealthy victims, so they start at square one and investigate all of the known arsonists in the city. In the end, Rica and Stack prove to be no match for the Torcher, who manages to stay several steps ahead of them until the very end, but their lack of leads doesn't make this book any less compelling. Lutz's details concerning police procedure, fire-fighting techniques and FDNY policy ring true, and his clever use of flashbacks draws the reader deep into the killer's troubled psyche. The novel's primary weaknesses include the tenuous romantic link between Ben and Rica, frequent point-of-view shifts and an overwhelming parade of possible suspects ranging from an avaricious real-estate magnate and her aging male escort to a lesbian mayoral campaign manager. (And I have no idea whose review this is...found it on eBay.)

Original title: The Night Watcher
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysterySuspense

Edition #1: Night Watcher, the

Night Watcher, the (2002)
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Language: English

  • "Compelling...a gritty psychological thriller...Lutz's details concerning police procedure, firefighting techniques, and FDNY policy ring true, and his clever use of flashbacks draws the reader deep into the killer's troubled psyche." Publishers Weekly
  • "John Lutz is the new Lawrence Sanders. The Night Watcher is a very smooth and civilized novel about a very uncivilized snuff artist, told with passion, wit, carnality, and relentless vigor. I loved it." Ed Gorman
  • "A gripping thriller...extremely taut scenes, great descriptions, nicely depicted supporting players...Lutz is good with characterization."
  • "For a good scare and a well-paced story, Lutz delivers." San Antonio Express News
  • "Lutz knows how to seize and hold the reader's imagination." Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Night Watcher, the (2002)

ISBN: 0786015152

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