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In the second part of the Lloyd Hopkins trilogy, a year has passed since the events in BLOOD ON THE MOON. Two events precipitate the new case: the cold-blooded shooting of three people in a liquor store, and the disappearance of Jack Herzog, a 13-year veteran of the LAPD who is a master of disguise. Hopkins's nemesis in this book is John Havilland -- "Dr. John the Night Tripper" -- a brilliant psychiatrist with a tortured past who manipulates his patients in order to enrich himself and control still others. His ultimate goal is to get the files of prominent and famous police officers and control them ... and the way he gets to Hopkins is by using a dazzling prostitute named Linda Wilhite as bait.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

BECAUSE OF THE NIGHT, published in 1984, is the second book of the Lloyd Hopkins's trilogy. The period is the early eighties and Hopkins is the smartest police officer of the Los Angeles Police Department, he works alone, is respected by his fellow companions and despised by his superiors.

When a well-known policeman is missing, Lloyd Hopkins is asked to solve the case. He will soon encounter John Havilland, an eminent psychiatrist whose obsession is to manipulate his patients in order to get private informations about his next victims.

Hopkins, whose wife and children has left, becomes the next target of the mad doc. In possession of Hopkins's professional file, Havilland knows for sure the weakest sides of the policeman.

A must.
The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   poisoning    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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