"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.
The story started off slow, but got much better by the end. There were a lot of characters which sometimes made it hard to follow but overall the story was great and I was surprised by who the killer was.
Just love books.
tami hoag is my new fav author. read this before cold cold heart though as thw stories meld so it had gi en away some of the ending. great read indeed.
Fast read, good mix of police and family store. Would have given five stars except that detectives were "unbelievably" slow to follow some typical police moves. Narrator very good.
This book was hugely enjoyable. The characters were credible, the plot was gripping, and the inter-familial relationships realistic and touching. I would definitely recommend this book and will listen to more of Tami Hoags books.
The sadly flawed relationship between mother and daughter - Penny and Julia. Tragic.
No - but I thought David Colacci's narration was outstanding. I tend to be very critical of narration since it can easily ruin the listening experience - but this guy is marvelous. Speed, characterization, and appropriate emphasis, etc. were spot on
This book kept me coming back for more of the story.
One of the more memorable moments was the renewed closeness of Kyle and his mom in the last chapters of the book.
It was very sad that Julia Gray killed her own child, but worse that Michael covered up the crime and would have also killed another child.
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.
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.
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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