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The Night Watcher

(2002)
(The second book in the Night series)
A novel by

 
 
Set in post 9/11 Manhattan, Lutz's 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. Unlike many authors in the genre, however, Lutz manages to present a fully realized villain who simultaneously inspires the reader's sympathy and revulsion.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

November 2002 : USA Hardback

Title: Night Watcher
Author(s): John Lutz
ISBN: 1-4177-2240-1 / 978-1-4177-2240-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Night Watcher
Author(s): John Lutz
ISBN: 0-7394-3018-1 / 978-0-7394-3018-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
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Paperback Editions

November 2002 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Night Watcher
Author(s): John Lutz
ISBN: 0-7860-1515-2 / 978-0-7860-1515-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
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Audio Editions

November 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Night Watcher
Author(s): John Lutz
Publisher: Books on Tape
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November 2004 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Night Watcher
Author(s): John Lutz
Publisher: Books on Tape
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December 2002 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Night Watcher
Author(s): John Lutz
ISBN: 0-7366-8937-0 / 978-0-7366-8937-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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2002 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Night Watcher
Author(s): John Lutz
ISBN: 0-7366-8928-1 / 978-0-7366-8928-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape. Inc.
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Kindle Editions

November 2002 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Night Watcher
Author(s): John Lutz
Publisher: Pinnacle
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