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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,019 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tami Hoag Narrator: Erik Davies Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9780739308981
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With this new thriller, The New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag delivers her own message to suspense fans everywhere: Don't turn off the lights, and keep reading if you dare. From the gritty streets of Los Angeles to its most protected enclaves of prestige and power to the ruthless glamour of Hollywood, a killer stalks his prey. A killer so merciless no one in his way is safe—not even the innocent.

At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.'s sleaziest defense attorneys, he's nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to escape with his life—and with the package someone wants badly enough to kill for. 

Jace returns to Lenny Lowell's office only to find the cops there, the lawyer dead, and Jace himself considered the prime suspect in the savage murder. Suddenly he's on the run from both the cops and a killer, and the key to saving himself and his ten-year-old brother is the envelope he still has—which holds a message no one wants delivered: the truth.

In a city fueled by money, celebrity, and sensationalism, the murder of a bottom-feeding mouthpiece like Lenny Lowell won't make the headlines. So when detectives from the LAPD's elite robbery/homicide division show up, homicide detective Kev Parker wants to know why. Parker is on the downhill slide of a once-promising career, and he doesn't want to be reminded that he used to be one of the hotshots, working cases that made instant celebrities of everyone involved. Like the case of fading retty-boy actor Rob Cole, accused of the brutal murder of his wife, Tricia Crowne-Cole, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the city, L.A.'s latest "crime of the century."

Robbery/Homicide has no reason to be looking at a dead small-time scumbag lawyer or chasing a bike messenger...unless there's something in it for them. Maybe Lenny Lowell had a connection to something big enough to be killed for. Parker begins a search for answers that will lead him to a killer—or the end of his career. Because if there's one lesson he's learned over the years, it's that in a town built on fantasy and fame, delivering the truth can be deadly.

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Quotes & Awards

  • In a genre overrun with self-conscious jargon, brooding descriptions and fragments masquerading as sentences, her clean, measured prose—full, balanced sentences delivered at a steady pace—doesn’t so much create an ominous mood as draw the reader into the worlds of her characters. Publishers Weekly"Brisk ... Scandal-prone detective Kev Parker ... gives Kill the Messenger its juice and keeps readers hooked.

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/14/2014

    " Love it. Can there be a series? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/30/2014

    " The story of the messenger grabbed me from the beginning. I was very involved with his character and the outcome. I felt the book was well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gillian | 1/26/2014

    " It was a fast paced read. Rich and full of characters that added to the mystery. Kill the Messanger came recommended to me, and I wasn't disappointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/18/2014

    " I did not finish this book. Too many characters to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 1/18/2014

    " Quick read, and definitely interesting. I like mysteries, but a lot of times I figure them out well before the ending (too many authors just don't have enough imagination, or they foreshadow too much). I had figured out part of it, but the WHO turned out to be a big shocker. Nice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara Hall | 1/13/2014

    " I was disappointed in the book. The first chapters where the messenger of the title--Jace-- was introduced were riveting, and I found myself reading far more at a sitting that I should have. But the other characters were not engaging, except Eta, whose brutal murder upset me. Jace spent all of the book terrified, and there were so many questions with no answer about his past that I didn't have much to empathize with. I loved the character of Madame Chen, Jace's guardian that took him in off the streets, and I enjoyed all of her scenes, especially ones with her extended family. But I just could not get into the plot or the other characters and found myself skipping vast sections to get to the parts with Jace or the Chens in them. The ending seemed over the top, also, with a huge movie producer poised to solve all Jace's money problems by making a movie of the events of his life. Well written, just not for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Eagling | 1/12/2014

    " A glamourised, hollywood style cop under investigation from internal affairs tracks down a bike messenger (caught up in a messy murder trail) before he becomes the next victim. A light crime thriller. Good reading for the beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/11/2014

    " This was a great book right to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristie | 1/10/2014

    " I would really put this one at 3.5 stars. It was a little long in some spots but a pretty good read. The mastermind is completely unexpected. Happy reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/7/2014

    " Narrated by Scott Brick - he can make any book enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/4/2014

    " very good, fast paced, a good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cjonespehlic | 1/3/2014

    " A good beach read. A thriller that keeps you turning the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathie | 1/1/2014

    " Very good and very hard to put down. Love the surprise ending, never saw that coming. I have yet to read a Tami Hoag book that I did not like. I think she's a great writer. She knows how to draw you in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roblyn | 12/20/2013

    " I always enjoy Tami Hoag's novels. This is an older one that I hadn't read before. A fun, action packed murder mystery. Good beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Haynes-Grimes | 12/1/2013

    " I couldn't put it down, the suspense was delicious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 11/1/2013

    " Very good book. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 9/24/2013

    " Listened to on tape - kept me driving! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 7/30/2013

    " A fairly good "who done it?" novel with an unexpected twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tressa | 12/28/2012

    " I was surprised at how much I liked and enjoyed Kill the Messenger. The characters were likeable and the story was thrilling. In fact, after the book ended, I still wanted to know more about the characters and how they progressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grandpa Ellsworth | 11/6/2012

    " Good mystery, action recreational reading. Fun characters. The plot and action move along quickly and interestingly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 10/17/2012

    " Another dud. It started out really promising and I dug the main character and his storyline. I don't know. It just didn't pan out for me. The story's pace was not working for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/7/2012

    " Tami Hoag is a great murder mystery writer. This is just another one of her good books - very entertaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Redfox5 | 7/21/2012

    " Get's straight into the story, it's a bit like one long chase but a good one. Really liked Jace but I can't help but think that he could have made things a whole lot easier on himself had he just spoken to the police in the first place. Didn't see the twist coming. Would read this author again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrice Hoffman | 5/19/2012

    " This book was fast paced enough. I wasn't easily bored by it and that's a good thing. I do the majority of my reading at work and if a story can keep me from dying of boredum than it must be fun. But... that's all it really is... a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 5/18/2012

    " I read this book sometime ago and enjoyed the fast pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charly | 5/13/2012

    " Hoag continues to entertain with fast moving twists and turns in a very unique piece. Engrossing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe Carter | 2/19/2012

    " the end could've been better, but the dialogue was great, Tami Hoag has a way of keeping a conversation going. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheree | 8/25/2011

    " This was a good book. I would have given it 3 stars if the language had been cleaned up. It wasn't a page turner like the review on the book indicated. It had an interesting ending which I liked a lot but I don't know that I would recommend it with the bad language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosa | 5/25/2011

    " It's a quick read. I needed something light . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michèle | 5/20/2011

    " Un messager qui a livré le mauvais paquet et son jeune frère témoin sont menacés. Un suspense émouvant qui révèle des facettes du monde des messagers à bicyclette. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/23/2011

    " Good mystery, I had no idea the plot would turn so in the final chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 3/4/2011

    " A fairly good "who done it?" novel with an unexpected twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/26/2011

    " First book I've read by Tami Hoag. Would certainly read more. Fast-paced and gripping.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roblyn | 2/20/2011

    " I always enjoy Tami Hoag's novels. This is an older one that I hadn't read before. A fun, action packed murder mystery. Good beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/18/2011

    " This book is set in LA and is a great, fast paced mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 2/2/2011

    " I read this book sometime ago and enjoyed the fast pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristopher | 1/21/2011

    " This is the first book I read by Tami Hoag and once I was done I was hooked. I cannot get enough of this author. The twist in the endings are amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 1/16/2011

    " Wonderful reading! I did not pick the one behind the killing. I like the way this book played out that the detective had people against him all the way around.
    Good guy, and good reading.... It will keep you guessing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 1/12/2011

    " Very good book. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lunaticprophet | 1/11/2011

    " **** Excellent read. Fast paced and good action. The story moves along at a quick pace and the characters are interesting and believable. A very fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avary | 12/12/2010

    " Good story -- but I fear that the edition we listened to was too abridged. There were some threads that didn't tie together at all -- characters who's connection we never knew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Redfox5 | 12/12/2010

    " Get's straight into the story, it's a bit like one long chase but a good one. Really liked Jace but I can't help but think that he could have made things a whole lot easier on himself had he just spoken to the police in the first place. Didn't see the twist coming. Would read this author again. "

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About the Author
Author Tami Hoag

Tami Hoag is known for combining thrilling plots with character-driven suspense in her fiction, and her novels have appeared regularly on national bestseller lists since the publication of her first book in 1988.

About the Narrator

Erik Davies is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice-over actor. His stage credits include G.R. Point, Unpublished Letters, and Flats Fixed. Some of his television and film appearances include ER, Third Watch, and a starring role in the hit indie comedy High Society: A Pot Boiler. His audiobook narration has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.