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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,391 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tami Hoag Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kovac and Liska Series Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9780739321997
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It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl’s prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry—and puts the judge in grave danger.

When an unknown assailant attacks Judge Moore in a parking garage, two of Minneapolis’ top cops are called upon to solve the crime and keep the judge from further harm. Detective Sam Kovac is as hard-boiled as they come, and his wisecracking partner, Nikki Liska, isn’t far behind. Neither one wants to be on this case, but when Karl Dahl escapes from custody, everything changes, and a seemingly straightforward case cartwheels out of control.

The stakes go even higher when the judge is kidnapped—snatched out of her own bed even as the police sit outside, watching her house. Now Kovac and Liska must navigate through a maze of suspects that includes the stepson of a murder victim, a husband with a secret life, and a rogue cop looking for revenge where the justice system failed.

With no time to spare, the detectives are pulled down a strange dark trail of smoke and mirrors, where no one is who they seem and everyone is guilty of Prior Bad Acts.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A simple court hearing explodes into a multifaceted case at the start of this stunning meld of thriller and police procedural from bestseller Hoag…she stands above the competition, creating complex characters who evolve more than those in most thrillers. The breathtaking plot twists are perfectly paced in this compulsive page-turner, which ends on a romantic note.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Hoag's cliffhanger scene endings and jump cuts leave the reader panting and turning the pages as fast as possible. Boston Globe
  • Chilling thriller with a romantic chaser. New York Daily News
  • The breathtaking plot twists are perfectly paced.... [A] stunning meld of thrilller and police procedural. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “A first-rate thriller with an ending that will knock your socks off.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kemi looves 2 read | 2/18/2014

    " It was absolutely amazing! I could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren Kirby | 2/14/2014

    " Lots of characters, but they each had their own personality. A few too many cop characters for my liking, but that was a minor aspect to the story. Wasn't sure who the main culprit was, and there were a few candidates that could easily fit the bill. Good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy Downs | 2/14/2014

    " Have read a couple of Hoag's books before, have found them all enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Chapin | 2/14/2014

    " Only on chapter 10, but so far it's a good book...keeps you reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/3/2014

    " listening to the audio book for this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/1/2014

    " I enjoyed this book and was still guessing at the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 1/18/2014

    " Excellent book!! I could not put it down. Very graphic...not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 1/15/2014

    " Good police procedural by one of the top writers in this genre. Characters are well-developed. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharla | 1/15/2014

    " Tami Hoag is a good writer. She is good at setting the scene, building suspense and characters. There are too many nut cases in this book for my taste. I mean really! Is anyone here sane? Still, it was a fairly good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Falina | 1/11/2014

    " It was enjoyable but nothing special, your average crime thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne Nathan | 12/4/2013

    " predictable but a good fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/2/2013

    " liked the writing style but story was more brutal then I like "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 11/3/2013

    " Creepy, but a good read. Would not recommend for a parent home alone. I am hoping story line on the detective continues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 10/11/2013

    " I like reading Hoag and this was a winner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/30/2013

    " I actually listened to this one on cd while floating in the pool. It was a pretty good, exciting bloody murder mystery--great summer entertainment for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dalene | 5/7/2013

    " Another great book by Tami Hoag. You've got to love Kovac. He shows is soft side a little in this book, which really made me want him to hook up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 4/16/2013

    " I just started this book but from page one you are "on the edge of your seat". I will say more when I finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pradeep Venkatesh | 4/2/2013

    " Good read. Didn't frighten me like other Hoag books. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cleopatra1074 | 1/28/2013

    " If you like thrillers she is a good author, more realistic reads, not all that crazy bullshit of patricia cornwell "

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    " This was a great book! The ending caught me by surprise! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dean Deters | 10/29/2012

    " This author is moving up into my list of authors to recommend. Her books are well planned, and the mystery always involves lots of character building. Her murders are a bit on the gruesome side, but that just makes catching the bad guys more satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 9/21/2012

    " My first Tami Hoag. Very much a thriller. I enjoyed this one very much and look forward to reading more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 9/11/2012

    " I really liked this one. Out of the 3, I liked this one best. It may have something to do with the touch of romance, but I enjoy the complex story/murder. I'm enjoying Hoag books more and more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Krill | 8/24/2012

    " Mystery and Intrigue Tammy Hoag style "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 6/2/2012

    " Vacation read - it is what it is. wouldn't pick up her other books on purpose but wouldn't shun them if I saw them on a shelf for free "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 3/20/2012

    " I like Tami Hoag, although I was not as enthusiastic about this one. Nonetheless it was a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace | 12/26/2011

    " I wasn't very impressed with this book. It was too predictable and the characters annoyed me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ScottK | 10/28/2011

    " I have tried to read a couple of her books before. I started with A Dark Horse but couldn't get into it . Then I tried Kill the Messenger and I loved it. So I decided to try her again with this one. I liked it but I knew way before the ending what was actually going to happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 7/28/2011

    " Looking forward to book #4 w/Liska and Kovak. Hoag has a great dynamic going between the two partners and her stories are always full of twists and turns that really keep you guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 7/11/2011

    " Fun, intense in a very weird way. Great finale, I must say, although I figured it out about half way through to book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Ann | 7/4/2011

    " Another book I read on vacation and another murder suspense I could not put down!! This one had a lot of twists and turns that kept make me change my mind on what the ending would be and there were plenty of suprises!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzi | 5/19/2011

    " Great book, kept me on pins and needles until the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren | 5/18/2011

    " Lots of characters, but they each had their own personality. A few too many cop characters for my liking, but that was a minor aspect to the story. Wasn't sure who the main culprit was, and there were a few candidates that could easily fit the bill. Good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/17/2011

    " I liked this book. Good read, even though I figured most of it out before the end.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 4/19/2011

    " Lovely story with lots of bodies. If you like the killer books, this is a good one. The only disappointment is that Hoag gives too many clues early in the book that enables you to figure out who the killer is too early in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 4/6/2011

    " Good offering in the Kovac/Liska serial. A little predictable, but still very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 3/29/2011

    " Quick read mystery with too much violence--but it kept me involved! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 3/15/2011

    " I had a lot of hope for this book because I loved the Kovak/Liska team but the story didn't have it's usual spice. It's as though someone else wrote the book based on the two characters. As a result I found it difficult to get through the first half, but luckily it picked up towards the end. "

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

    " After a horendous murder of a woman and her 2 foster children rocks the community Detective Kovac finds himself protecting a judge who was attacked after ruling for the killer. He subsequently escapes from jail and goes looking for the judge to voice his "appreciation". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 2/28/2011

    " Good. Couldn't put it down. lots of twists and turns.Now I must check out other Tami Hoag novels . "

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

    " predictable but a good fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 1/18/2011

    " The way this book was written allowed me to visualize everything exceptionally easy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/29/2010

    " I really liked this one. Out of the 3, I liked this one best. It may have something to do with the touch of romance, but I enjoy the complex story/murder. I'm enjoying Hoag books more and more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 12/24/2010

    " Good storyline. Got to like and dislike the characters as needed. I liked the twists and turns and the romance didn't hurt either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/22/2010

    " Wow! This book gave me the creeps so bad I considered keeping my children in our home forever! "

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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

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others.