In DUST TO DUST Tami Hoag - bestselling author of A THIN DARK LINE - returns with the second gripping thriller in the Kovac and Liska series. Can the detective duo uncover the truth behind a suspicious death when someone at the top wants it to stay dead and buried? The death of internal affairs investigator Andy Paxton is a potential political bomb for the Minneapolis Police Department. Paxton was investigating a possible cop connection in the brutal murder of another officer. The pressure is on from the top brass to close the case as soon as possible but Sam Kovac is not convinced the case is as straightforward as it appears. As he digs deeper, it is looking very much like Paxton discovered something that got him killed. And he might not be the final victim... New York Times bestseller Tami Hoag takes the reader behind the picket fences of small-town America, she finds the most gruesome killers and twisted predators. Gripping to the end, and full of tension and suspense. Watch out for the next title in the Kovac and Liska crime thriller series The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but convicting the alleged 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 as evidence against him raises a public outcry - and puts the judge in grave danger. When an unknown assailant attacks Carey Moore in a parking garage, Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are called in to investigate and keep the judge from further harm. DEAD SKY is the next gripping thriller in the series.
ASHES TO ASHES: Known as The Cremator, the serial killer has already claimed three victims, and there's only one witness, who's not talking. As she battles with her own demons amidst the frenzy of media attention, ex-FBI agent Kate Conlan finds herself on the trail of a vicious murderer. She's got what it takes to stop him. And he wants her alone... DUST TO DUST: Andy Paxton's death is a potential political bomb for the Minneapolis Police Department. He'd been investigating a possible the brutal murder of an officer. But Andy's death looks like suicide, or an unfortunate accident, but Andy's ex-lover doesn't believe he killed himself, accidentally or otherwise. As Kovac investigates, he discovers it is looking very much like Paxton discovered something that got him killed. And he might not be the final victim... DARK HORSE: Elena's risk-taking has cost her dearly: her confidence, her career, and, most importantly, the life of a fellow cop. Now in retreat in Florida, Elena begins to find some peace. But then a visitor comes calling. Twelve-year-old Molly thinks something terrible has happened to her stepsister, Erin, who hasn't been seen for several days. Elena visits the show grounds where Erin worked. There, Elena discovers the dark side of a glamorous sport. She must find out what's happened to Erin before it's too late to save the girl - and herself.
A simple court hearing explodes into a multifaceted case at the start of this stunning meld of thriller and police procedural from bestseller Hoag. Shortly after Minneapolis judge Carey Moore decides that the many "prior bad acts" of accused serial killer Karl Dahl can't be used in his trial, Dahl escapes from jail and someone attacks Moore. Homicide cops Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, introduced in Ashes to Ashes (1999), are assigned to protect the judge, whom the police hate for her liberal views. Moore's disintegrating marriage and her husband's shady business dealings lead the investigation in new directions, while more murders exacerbate the hunt for Dahl. Hoag, who began her career as a romance writer, has experimented with several mystery subgenres. Here 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.
“Without a doubt . . . one of the most intense suspense writers around.”—Chicago Tribune “[Tami Hoag] demonstrates just why she has become one of the hottest names in the suspense game. Bottom line: Leaves competition in the dust.”—People He performs his profane ceremony in a wooded Minneapolis park, anointing his victims, then setting the bodies ablaze. He has already claimed three lives, and he won’t stop there. Only this time there is a witness. But she isn’t talking. Enter Kate Conlan, former FBI agent turned victim/witness advocate. Not even she can tell if the reluctant witness is a potential victim or something more troubling still. Her superiors are interested only because the latest victim may be the daughter of Peter Bondurant, an enigmatic billionaire. When Peter pulls strings, Special Agent John Quinn gets assigned to the case. But the FBI’s ace profiler of serial killers is the last person Kate wants to work with, not with their troubled history. Now she faces the most difficult role of her career—and her life. For she’s the only woman who has what it takes to stop the killer . . . and the one woman he wants next. “You’ll want to lock the doors while you’re reading.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune “An up-all-night read.”—The Detroit News From the Paperback edition.
Tami Hoag is a superb writer of psychological suspense. Own nine of the very best in one digital collection: NIGHT SINS GUILTY AS SIN ASHES TO ASHES DUST TO DUST DEAD SKY DARK HORSE THE ALIBI MAN DEEPER THAN THE DEAD SECRETS TO THE GRAVE
A Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska Story, featuring an excerpt of The 9th Girl (A Pengu in Special from Dutton)
Author: Tami Hoag
Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska return to investigate the death of a Jane Doe in this short story from #1 New York Times bestseller Tami Hoag. New Year’s Day is a time for new beginnings, but Minneapolis homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are focused on endings: specifically, the tragic end of their latest murder victim, an unidentified young woman discovered on the side of the freeway. Believed to be the victim of a serial killer, Kovac and Liska are determined to do the girl the small justice of returning her body to her family as they investigate her case, but it is no simple task matching the broken corpse to any of the scores of missing persons reports, especially when no one seems to be looking for her. Meanwhile, recent widow Jeannie Reiser is frantic when she is unable to get in touch with her daughter, Rose, who, as an eighteen-year-old, is a legal adult rather than a missing child in the eyes of the law. Jeannie’s desperate attempts to get the police to believe her child is in trouble lead her closer and closer to an evil even Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska may be unable to stop. Includes an excerpt of Tami Hoag’s The 9th Girl.