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3.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 5 3.61 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tami Hoag Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9780739309889
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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 LA’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 LA 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, LA’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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 2/20/2014

    " Not one of Hoag's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/14/2014

    " Entertaining quick read, I'd definitely recommend as a good book for a long flight "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe Carter | 1/22/2014

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

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

    " another quick mystery. fun "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Eagling | 12/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 11/13/2013

    " I enjoyed the story but I didn't care for the gutter language! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arivanandan Chandran | 10/18/2013

    " One of my first books. Thought it was the best, most awesome book when I first read it. Read it like two or three times, but there're always better books. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 10/2/2013

    " Once again, another great one; I won't review them all, bc I honestly enjoy each one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharal Hunter | 9/29/2013

    " Awesome story with a surprise twist at the end that really packs a punch. Great character development without giving too much of the character's personality away. I hope Tami Hoag writes more featuring these characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janalynn | 9/23/2013

    " Great story once you get into it. The bad language is a little much but well placed. This book just makes your heart pound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Haynes-Grimes | 8/14/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Mandly | 8/13/2013

    " Just ok -- it ran out of steam. The last book I read by her was abridged and I think had this been abridged I would have enjoyed it more. By the I was thinking let's wrap this story up! Also, I think the ending was a bit too out of left field to be beliveable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy Adams | 8/12/2013

    " Tami Hoag's books are un-put-downable!!! Read them, all of them!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 6/22/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheree | 6/13/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda Kelly | 5/11/2013

    " I greatly enjoy all of Tami Hoag's book-I'm yet to read a bad one. This one was very good indeed-full of lots of twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa Sigman | 3/8/2013

    " WOW This was a terrific read. I'm not going to say more because I don't want to spoil it, but this is the best written/crafted mystery I have read in a LONG time. If you are a fan of crime novels, this one is not to be missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carsonstorey | 2/11/2013

    " keeps you thinking, sucks you in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 11/14/2012

    " This one was a little hard to get into, but ultimately was a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pris Campbell | 10/12/2012

    " Tami Hoag is among the best in detective/suspense novels. Not only does she develop a tight plot, but her characters are real and make you care about them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 6/20/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justine | 3/22/2012

    " Good pace and not predictable, fun weekend read on this lousy weather. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 3/10/2012

    " Love it. Can there be a series? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda L | 3/8/2012

    " What do you do when everyone is out to get you? A nonstop race through Los Angeles, peopled by memorably vivid characters. It displays the intricacies of modern-day police work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/16/2012

    " Audiobook - Pretty good ;-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 10/17/2011

    " Entertaining, but not thought provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosa | 9/17/2011

    " 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 Joe O'c | 9/2/2011

    " Excellent; Bike messenger is target of killer he was delivering to, and finds he's fallen into a plot of murder and blackmail, with the only person who believes him being a rogue cop. "

  • 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

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.