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The 9th Girl | [Tami Hoag]

The 9th Girl

On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal? Or could it just have been a crime of opportunity?
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Publisher's Summary

"Kovac had seen more dead bodies than he could count: men, women, children; victims of shootings, stabbings, strangulations, beatings; fresh corpses and bodies that had been left for days in the trunks of cars in the dead of summer. But he had never seen anything quite like this...."

On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal? Or could it just have been a crime of opportunity? Their greatest fear is that not only is she their ninth Jane Doe of the year but that she may be the ninth victim of a vicious, transient serial killer they have come to call Doc Holiday. Crisscrossing America’s heartland, Doc Holiday chooses his victims at random, snatching them in one city and leaving them in another, always on a holiday. If Zombie Doe is one of his victims, he has brought his gruesome game to a new and more terrifying level. But as Kovac and Liska begin to uncover the truth, they will find that the monsters in their ninth girl’s life may have lived closer to home. And even as another young woman disappears, they have to ask the question: Which is the greater evil - the devil you know or the devil you don’t?

©2013 Tami Hoag (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Camille ODENTON, MD, United States 08-20-13
    Camille ODENTON, MD, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2013

    Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is a lot of discourse between teenagers, I don't really want to listen to that. This is not one of Hoag's best.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was the best part of the book, I really didn't foresee it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I might wait until it's On Demand.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of Hoag's Alibi Man and Deeper Than the Dead, you may not be impressed by this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Camilla white bear lake, MN, USA 10-18-13
    Camilla white bear lake, MN, USA 10-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Very good! I liked it very much."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Tami Hoag's books are always good.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to, he's very articulate without being boring.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon United States 07-08-13
    Sharon United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Now a Tami Hoag fan!!"

    I loved this book. Great detail into the characters lives. Super story line, keeps you guessing until the end. Can't wait to listen to more from this author.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan NEWNAN, GA, United States 06-28-13
    Susan NEWNAN, GA, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A bit of a twist..."

    ...but I figured it out way too soon. Tami Hoag writes good books. David Colacci did a good job narrating. Makes for pleasant listening.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    TONYA DETROIT, MI, United States 10-06-13
    TONYA DETROIT, MI, United States 10-06-13
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    "not as good as I had hoped"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    this book was very disappointing. Im a big Hoag fan..but this was some what of a let down..and the ending really sucked!!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    better ending


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    she was fine


    Was The 9th Girl worth the listening time?

    no..very disappointing


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janie O'brien US 08-26-13
    Janie O'brien US 08-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator takes this book to another level"

    Mediocre authors should be queuing up for David Colacci to be their narrator. He certainly did an excellent job with this far fetched plot and actually made the package quite entertaining and enjoyable. This was a story you always knew was a story; not once did it become credible and if you can accept that then there is no reason not to enjoy this excellently read crime romp.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 09-14-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 09-14-14 Member Since 2001
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    "The 9th Girl"
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    Tami Hoag might have a crush on Channing Tatum … maybe? Not sure mentioning a current Hollywood heart-throb in a book, at least twice, is a good idea. Someone picks this book up in forty years and they’ll have no idea who she’s talking about. That said, The 9th Girl, is a decent police procedural. Not giving anything away that isn’t revealed within the first few pages. A teenaged girl pops out of a trunk in front of a party-limo that can’t avoid hitting her. The story moves on from this point, i.e., who is she? Why was she in the trunk? What caused the caustic burns on her face? What’s with the tattoo? The investigation proceeds through suspicions of parents, frustrated cops, deceptive teenaged angst.

    The characters are oversimplified images, not fully rounded. It’s hard to root for anyone in particular. The cops act like cops, type-a and hard-boiled. The teenagers act like teenagers, hate everything and everybody, shave their heads and have earrings in their lips. Mothers are like mothers with cubs. Dads are stoic and distant. Nobody stands out.

    Writing, in my opinion, begins with character development … followed with plot. Something is skewed in The 9th Girl, and although I had no trouble sticking with the story, something was just …. off.

    Okay mystery, but not one of Hoag’s best. Narration was fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Peabody, MA, United States 09-10-14
    David Peabody, MA, United States 09-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Adding Tami Hoag into rotation"

    A favorite listen of the year so far. A good cop story, a good mystery and a good tale of two moms. Just the kind of book I'm hooked on. Great listen and looking forward to more from Tami Hoag.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    twinsmom Chicago, IL 09-08-14
    twinsmom Chicago, IL 09-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An engrossing police procedural"

    I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to. I particularly enjoyed the rapport between Kovac and Liska and their sense of humor (as well as that of several of their fellow cops). It added much needed moments of levity into a rather dark investigation. While this is book 4 in a series, I have not read the other books in the series but did not feel as if I was missing anything. I would say this is a strong standalone book.

    It took me a while to get used to the narrator but once I did, I enjoyed him very much. He does a great job with the male voices. This one is definitely worth your time and money or credit.

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    Rachel NRH, TX, United States 09-04-14
    Rachel NRH, TX, United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Keept me listening!"
    Would you listen to The 9th Girl again? Why?

    Yes, it was a good listen and entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    the twists and turns


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a good book, I was not found of the narrator at first, but i must say he grew on me. I would recommend this book to those who like murder ,mysteries and detective books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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