by Bruce TierneyDecember, 2005
The suspense steal of the season
Retired New York City cop Vincent Repetto is ready to enjoy the perks of his new life. Married to a wealthy designer, Repetto can afford the sorts of luxuries other police retirees can only dream of: a large Manhattan apartment, Cuban cigars, an endless succession of fine dinners and Broadway shows. However, a serial killer is on the loose on the streets of the Big Apple, and he has Repetto in his sights, not as a potential victim (as far as we know), but as a worthy adversary. He wants Repetto to try to take him down. Repetto wants no part of this; he is quite happy (deliriously happy, in fact) with his leisurely pursuits. So, in a move guaranteed to ensure compliance, the killer strikes close to home, killing Repetto's future son-in-law while Repetto watches helplessly. Fear the Night, the latest in a long line of slick thrillers from veteran author John Lutz, is a tense, fast-moving novel, a plot-driven page-turner of the first order. That said, the characters are well drawn, multifaceted and sympathetic (even, to some degree, the bad guy). Best of all, Fear the Night has been released in mass-market paperback at $6.99, this great read is the suspense steal of the season! A lifelong mystery reader who was weaned on the Hardy Boys, globetrotter Bruce Tierney writes (mostly) from Prince Edward Island.