Sorry. The single word is written on a mirror. In front of it hangs a Minneapolis Internal Affairs cop. Was it suicide? Or a kinky act turned tragic?
Either way, it wasn't murder. At least not according to the powers that be. But veteran homicide detective Sam Kovac and his wisecracking, ambitious partner, Nikki Liska, think differently. Together they begin to dig at the too-neat edges of the young cop's death, uncovering one motive - and one suspect - after another. The cloud of suspicion falls not only on the city's elite, but over the very heart of the police department. Someone wants the case closed - quickly and forever. But even with their careers and their lives on the line, neither Kovac nor Liska will give up. As they unearth a connection between a two-month-old murder case and one that has been closed for twenty years, they find themselves chasing a killer who will stop at nothing to keep a dark and shattering secret.
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I would definitely prefer the audio version but only because it's difficult anymore to slow down long enough to actually read. With the audio...I can have someone read it to me while I'm doing everything else I need to do.
Any of the later Tami Hoag books. The earlier ones are more romantic suspense, which I prefer, but her books just get better and better.
Everything. He has specific voices for each character and he doesn't make the female voices sound cartoonish. He IS the voice of Kovak. I'll be hunting for more from him.
I am super disappointed with this Tami Hoag novel. I quit after nearly four hours. The novel is over 14 hours long. I have read 3 or 4 of her novels so far and have loved! loved! loved! them. This one does not feel or sound like it was written by Tami Hoag. The wording was stilted and sounded forced maybe because there are a lot of clichés used. What I heard was repetitious, the story seemed to be going in circles and not moving forward.... too much fluff... I know that there are many positive reviews but this one was not for me.
I did not like the narrator at all.. In addition to his lack of performance abilities and limited voice tones, his nasal voice sounded whinny and was very annoying.... Couldn't take that voice. I am sorry to see that this narrator is used for a lot of this author's novels..... oh well.....
This is a multi layered story; a who-dun-it skillfully woven with a mystery. The foreshadowing is sprinkled just right throughout the story, never too heavy handed. David Colacci did a masterful job of narrating and distinguishing each character quite well.
It contains one of the best written love scenes, both romantic and believable. I won't spoil it by telling which characters are involved.
This may be her best book yet. I was sad when it was finished.
I did finish this book, but it was difficult for me. Maybe it was because the last two books I have read were both amazing, could not put down books (The Girl on the Train and Cold Cold Heart). Cold Cold Heart was my first Tammy Hoag book and I think I expected so much more from this after reading that one. I thought that I had found an author I was going to love, and now I'm on the fence. This one just would not hold my interest. I tried but from the beginning I found myself daydreaming and trying to come back minutes later and not knowing who was who or what had happened. It also seemed like there were a lot of characters going on -- and probably just due to my daydreaming -- I could not keep them all straight. Will probably still come back to this author in the future but this one just couldn't do it for me.
I have been reading Tami Hoag books for years. This is the first audio book I've ever listened to and I'm not sure if that is what made it different or not.
To start, this narrator has a very nasily voice so everything he says sounds like he's bored & whining at the same time. It was very annoying to listen to. Second, the story just felt like it was going around & around in circles. I made it less than 6 hours when I had to give up. I couldn't imagine another 8 hours of this.. the story just didn't have nearly enough substance to last much longer which lead me to believe it would just be more repetition. I found myself daydreaming while listening to the book & then realizing I'd missed 20 minutes or more & once I rewound it.. realizing I hadn't missed anything important at all. The dialog in this book was really forced too.. If you want this book, I suggest reading it yourself it might be the difference needed to enjoy it.
Say something about yourself!
This must be the first book by Tami Hoag that I've listened to. I thought she was supposed to be good. The text is banal, generic, "canned" cop speak. The plot is based on stereotypical gay men and the narrow minded cops that work with them. She doesn't use vocabulary that describes what she wants to say. Literally, every other sentence is, "like a.....". Do people actually say,"let's blow this joint"??? I don't like the reader either. An east coast, tough guy wanna be. NOTHING like a midwest accent. I listen to a lot of marginal books to pass the time as I work on daily jobs or working out. I couldn't get past the first 6 chapters. Save yourself the time.
Another author perhaps
S L O W . . .
Not right now.
less wordy descriptive narration. It seemed to go on and on.
"Another brilliant book"
I enjoyed listening to the reader.
It is hard to say what I liked best as it is a good story from start to finnish.
David Colacci brings the characters to life.
It is a good book bits could make you laugh and cry.
I have read other books by this author and have enjoyed every one.
"Another Great Tami Hoag Novel"
Kept me listening.
Sam Kovac keeps everything real.
A great story that keeps you guessing and makes you change your mind over and over. The unexpected twists make for a fabulous story that keeps you listening. The whole tale is put together really well and the plot is solid.
This was my first experience of a Tami Hoag novel. I thought that her best seller status and what sounded like a promising plot warranted a try, but despite several attempts I just couldn't get into this story. Unfortunately, my irritation at the author's over the top attempts to make the writing hard-boiled, presumably in the styles of Hammett and Chandler, got in the way too much. The interplay between the cops was annoying, and I kept wishing we could just get into the plot. I also found the narration to be grating. This one's being returned, and I doubt I'll try any more by this author.
"Classic thriller, with curve balls all the way"
If you like thrillers that move at pace, a plot that as you on the edge and with characters full of depth and colour this is the book for you.
Nikki Liska. A woman trying to balance her family responsibilities and her chaotic detective job. So many worlds apart and almost impossible to separate but you feel for her has she battles against so many challenges.
Loved him. He gave every character life and personality that each one was loved and hated accordingly
Sam Kovac's relationship with the Head of Internal Affairs.
If scripted for cinema, it'll make a classic film noir with Clive Owen playing Kovac and Emily Blunt as Liska
"Excellent performance of a great story"
I read the book in paperback long enough ago to have not remembered all the details clearly, so was happy to make this one of my monthly Audible choices. David Colacci's performance was excellent, making the characters come alive, and has made several car journeys go much quicker as I listened. I would definitely recommend this as a great book for a long flight or train journey too.
I've enjoyed several of Tami Hoag's novels, a good level of believable characters, well devised plots, and stories you can get involved in. I will definitely look for more Audible versions of her work in future.
"Loved this book"
Tami Hoag is the most talented writer in this genre
Absolutely fantastic can't wait to start the next one in the series x
A great find. Rugged US crime cop drama with a noir feel. Think of an expanded Ed Mcbain at his best. Well written, well constructed with interesting characters and an appropriate narration.
Yup, easily listening but quality easy listening. I will be looking for more by this author.
enjoyed the story, did get frustrated at a few points as I thought some things were obvious. the story is well written with good characters.
"Terrible, just don't bother..."
The story was slow, the characters plastic stereotypes and very predictable. There is no twist or big reveal it is just a long time to wait to get the final nail in a very formulaic and dull book. Sorry, it is not my usual sort of thing but thought I would try it.
Do something that added some level of interest to keep the listener guessing. Stop using cliche characters...
Use more people, not much to work with but didn't like the acting.
Nothing to salvage bin the lot.
Nope, I know it's better than I could write but I can't recommend it to anyone spending money.
"Compelling police drama"
Excellent narration, subtle differences in tone and intonation distinguished the characters. The story held my attention from start to finish, even once I had guessed at some of the outcomes.
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