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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: Erik Bergmann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kovac and Liska Series Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9780739321980
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi Ronquillo | 2/17/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/11/2014

    " Pretty good - I like the Kovak/Liska combo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 2/3/2014

    " Definitely a thriller, will keep you turning pages! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 1/10/2014

    " good read, I figured out who the killer was by the middle of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/10/2014

    " Finished it in three trips to West Bend. Yet another super crime thriller by Tami Hoag. I did however, not notice it was also part of a series and this was book #3 but who cares, it was fantastic. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Van Buskirk | 1/9/2014

    " Another great one by Tami Hoag!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paperback_hussie | 1/8/2014

    " This was such a goooooooooooood read!!!! Anyone who is a fan of the csi's would enjoy this book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dara | 1/7/2014

    " I love Tami Hoag's stories...I just can't put them down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kesha | 1/6/2014

    " Fun enough. It's something I'd recommend to anyone looking for a run of the mill mystery/suspense novel. Didn't change the world or anything, but was a good, fun read. Good at what it intended to be, I guess, but not the same caliber as books I rated 4 or 5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 12/17/2013

    " 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 Dena | 12/15/2013

    " My 1st Tami Hoag book. I liked that it was based in MN. It was suspensful and relatable. I really like her writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/5/2013

    " I loved this book. Couldn't put it down "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 11/28/2013

    " 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 11/8/2013

    " This book by Hoag is a can't-put-it-down read, much like her earlier works - Dark Paradise, Cry Wolf. . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pradeep Venkatesh | 11/6/2013

    " 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 Jackie | 9/1/2013

    " This was kind of gory, but still a good read. I love mysteries and this one was a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/25/2013

    " Pretty good, good twists all the way through "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 3/23/2013

    " Really just listened to this on CD. Glad I didn't spend my time actually reading. There was lots of cursing, gratuitous violence, convoluted plot, inane police, and of course, romance. Can't really recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/22/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/20/2012

    " Couldn't put it down! I forgot how much I enjoyed Tami Hoag, and particularly her series with Kovac and Liska. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/25/2012

    " It is what it is ... If you're looking for an easy and fun read, go for it. If you're looking for a thought-provoking piece of literary genius, take a pass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Krill | 6/7/2012

    " Mystery and Intrigue Tammy Hoag style "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dd | 4/17/2012

    " Funny and fast-paced. I guessed early on who the murderer was, but it still made me squinchy when it turned out I was right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 3/8/2012

    " 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 Donna | 1/15/2012

    " Recommended by Mom, I liked it very well! Good mystery with twists and turns along the way. Ready for another by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea C. | 1/4/2012

    " Another great CSI/court room book!! Tami Hoag is just perfect at these, love them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karolina | 11/22/2011

    " This was not bad at all. A real good plot and interesting twists and turns. Hoag is a great writer and this was certainly not the last book of hers I will read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ScottK | 9/30/2011

    " 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 Pamela | 7/26/2011

    " this is my first book from this auther, so far so good, alittle gruesome at times but its holding my attention! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne Nathan | 6/4/2011

    " predictable but a good fast read. "

  • 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

Erik Bergmann is a winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. He is the narrator of the Area 51 and Justice League audiobook series, as well as the voice of Fred on the companion audiobook for the Warner Bros. feature film Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. He has also dabbled in television, making appearances on Saturday Night Live and doing voice-over work for Random! Cartoons.