"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.
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.
What a wide range of reviews!
Not having read this author before, I am glad I didn't just stop at the first three or four reviews for I liked this book. I am thrilled I took a chance.
It's a police story that I found somewhat believable. It's tough being a working mother, especially of teenagers. I found this to be very realistic of that without being too whinny. Very plausible. The story was engaging in a way that kept my attention to the bitter end. I am looking forward to reading more of the author's work.
The narrator did a decent job - I don't get the beef.
No, it was too much "high school" too much about the bullying and acceptance of others by their piers. Might be okay for someone much younger
Yes, was able to tell who was talking just by the tone of his voice
I am the mother of three grown children. I own a horse ranch and enjoy listening to Mystery/Suspense novels and Personal Development books.
yes, it is because it gives me the ability to find the time for books
All Tami Hoag books are awesome and comparable
I like how he reads it with inflection and suspense
The plot twist
I love the way Tami Hoag writes, I find her books very suspenseful and love the plot twists. She has a little bit of romance in her books but not too much to make it sappy.
I really enjoy this author! Her books are suspenseful with a bit of twistedness and its fun to solve the crimes! I'm also from Minneapolis so knowing the locations is a kind of cool. If you like suspense with reality then I'd highly recommend this book and author!
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.
Haven't read anything by Tami Hoag in quite awhile and I remember now why I enjoy her books so much. This one starts out so gruesome I almost put it down, glad I didn't. Great plot along with terrific characters makes for one superb read. You won't be disappointed.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
HE 9th GIRL is the fourth installment in Tami Hoag's contemporary crime series focusing on the high profile murder investigations in and around a fictional police precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although The 9th Girl is part of a series, each novel is a stand alone story of mystery and crime. The story-lines are graphically detailed and the descriptive narration leaves nothing to the imagination. The 9th Girl focuses on a string of murders all pointing to a serial killer but the latest victim's identity hits too close to home.
Tami Hoag has combined the intrigue of a murder investigation with all the hallmarks of a television episode befitting Law and Order, Dexter and CSI. Add the camaraderie and anxiety of a close knit group of investigators, detectives and police detectives and you have the formula for a story of suspense, mystery and the criminally insane.
The story-line focuses on the recent murder of a young woman and its connections to a series of murders-all with a similar MO. As the investigation moves forward, all clues begin to point to something more personal and familiar.
The story-line also pulls into play the social media and online bullying seen in many recent headline news stories around the world using teen texting, Facebook cyber stalking and the viral propaganda of the powerful and rich. Where once bullying remained in the playgrounds and schoolyards it is brought onto the world stage through social media and shown to be a breeding ground for viral innuendo, discrimination and personal attacks. Even the dead are not protected from abuse and bullies.
The 9th Girl is first and foremost a story of suspense, mystery and criminal intent. Tami Hoag weaves the intricate details of a serial killer with some of today's headline stories and heartbreaking pain. If you love a mystery with a twist, The 9th Girl delivers.
My only complaint was at times there was a lot of internal dialogue especially in the first half of the book. It drives me nuts when you have to hear 20 minutes of this dialogue from a teenage boy or the same about why a mother feels guilty for having to work. The second half of the book redeemed the story and it was a good listen.
David Colacci was good with the delivery of the story.
this book was very disappointing. Im a big Hoag fan..but this was some what of a let down..and the ending really sucked!!
she was fine
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