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Summary

Kill... or be killed. Frank Quinn is a decorated ex-cop. A former homicide detective specializing in tracking serial killers. Now his niece, Carlie Clark, needs help. Someone is stalking her, and the NYPD can’t stop him. A blonde, blue-eyed beauty, Carlie fits the victim type of the killer who’s been terrorizing women — leaving them bound, gagged, and tortured with surgical precision. To win against the most personal adversary of his career, Quinn will have to set the perfect trap. All he needs is the perfect bait….

©2013 John Lutz (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • B. brown
  • 24-09-13

Lutz has done it again

If youve ever read or listened to a Lutz book, mainly the Quinn series, you know what you will get stem to stern, every time. With that said, they always hold my attention and when I finish Im always waiting for the next. I love Quinn maybe as good as any of the more popular ficticious detectives/ex detectives runninig around out there in the fiction world. I also like Pearl and Feds, Quinn's partners as they are nice comic relief from time to time with their bickering. And scott brick did another great job here just like always. These two make a great team. 4 out of 5 for me

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  • Trish R.
  • 13-05-21

Confusing and a rushed ending. BUT still good...

Why was this called the Frank Quinn series? Everyone was in this a lot more than him. But there was some great characters: Pearl, Jody, Carlie, Fedderman, Sal, Harold and, of course, our killer. They were all in the story more than Quinn, which was kind of a bummer.

Our killer was killing according to the alphabet and went from G back to C, for Carlie. AND the way he killed the women was absolutely gross. AND I didn't even understand it. Either I missed something or the author never told the reader what the whip and the Statute of Liberty had to do with the killing.

Also, the ending was really a let down, so rushed. It could have had a better ending but since the book was from 2013 it's a little late for that. LOL..

This was my first and last book by this author. He's an an author who likes to describe every bit of description when killing a woman and that's too much.

There was only off screen sex and no real swearing to speak of.

As for the narration: Even 8 years ago Scott Brick was wonderful.

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  • Margaret
  • 04-03-15

Quinn does it again

After listening to all of the Frank Quinn novels, I feel like Scott Brick has brought to life John Lutz's characters so that they've become a part of my life. Though they are all about serial killers, there is actually a comfort listening to and about them.

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  • Stephanie
  • 31-12-14

Great Match - John Lutz and Scott Brick

If you could sum up Twist in three words, what would they be?

Electric twists and turns!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Frank Quinn is a hunter who understands the complex minds of serial killers.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Scott Brick is a narrator who builds incredible suspense with his skillful understanding of
pace and timing.

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  • Kitty
  • 04-11-13

John Lutz is on of my favorite authors...

I am torn, I liked the beginning, the middle and was disappointed toward the end. That is why the story got only three stars.

I am not sorry that I bought it, but it is not a book that I would listen to again.

I will buy the next John Lutz book.

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  • Susan
  • 26-10-13

Twisted Listen

Twist was great and exciting all the way through. I liked how, Lutz, stayed focussed on the story without going into a lot of background, the characters just naturally developed while you got to know them. This is not a who done it, you are aware of who the killer is and are, at times, listening to his inner thoughts. The killings are gruesome and are explicitly described, so readers beware. As aberrant as the killer was I found myself somewhat sympathetic towards him while at the same time extremely disgusted.

I was happy that the characters personalities were not to over the top as some detective books tend to be. The narrative was done very well and I will be looking for another one in this series. Recommended but not for the squeamish.

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  • KBakken
  • 17-12-13

I love John Lutz, but....

What did you like best about Twist? What did you like least?

I love the recurring cast of characters Lutz has populated his Detective Quinn series with. They are vivid, quirky, and show some wear and tear that's realistic. The weakest link is Pearl's mother who gets more and more tedious with every book.

There's a glimmer of a good serial killer M.O. in this book but it seems forced and sorta silly, ultimately.

Would you recommend Twist to your friends? Why or why not?

I always recommend Lutz to my friends with strong stomachs. Lutz is HARSH so unless you're one of those who appreciates that (especially when it comes to violence against women) steer clear. One of the things I like most about Lutz is his willingness to push the boundaries.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

I won't lie. I LOVE Scott Brick. I will jump at any book he narrates. Something about the timbre of his voice and his great female voices ( never over played and deal breaker for me) really hooks me. His is TOP NOTCH and has become the voice of Lutz. He has narrated most if not all of the Quinn series.

Was Twist worth the listening time?

Always worth listening to a Quinn story. But the killer in this one was rather half baked and the resolution felt rushed and unsatisfying. Especially since Lutz has set such a high bar for himself. The narrative also suffered with the addition of some lack luster new characters that I hope are gone by the next novel.

Any additional comments?

Read Lutz! He's sick, harsh and usually brings the pain in every novel. But this one was a bit of a let down. But still better than most of the hard boiled serial killer stuff out there.

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  • Njoy14
  • 11-11-21

Audible annoying

Don’t want to review. Can’t close out of this screen so doing it in frustration. More a review of audible making me review. I feel asleep but can’t get Audible to close the window. Grrr

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  • alicat
  • 08-06-18

the same thing again

Twist is the exact same story as all of the other Quinn books. It is repetitive and boring. I also think that the torture is unnecessarily repeated. I can handle it for the purposes of understanding the killer and the murder scene. I just don't think that it needed to be repeated so much.

There isn't much character development. I vaguely like the main characters but don't feel like I know much about them or connect to them. We also never find out exactly what led the killer to do the things he does (yes, we get the childhood situation but it would be nice if all of the dots connected between that and the killings).

The previous book "Frenzy" was nice because it was something a little different and unpredictable. Overall, I will keep listening to the Quinn books because they do help my drives go faster but I'm just sick of the same story over and over.

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  • buzzknit
  • 03-09-15

Leaves Unanswered Questions

Would you listen to Twist again? Why?

No - it was ok, but I am frustrated with the writer. Situations will occur and then he never returns to them, it is the end of the book and I was left wondering about several things that happened and should have had some closure or explanation. He does this quite a bit, the book just ends and then there are these dangling events, even if small, are important in my opinion. Even reading the next book in the series there is no clear explanation. Oh well.