"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.
loved it all around, great everything! I love that Kovac & Liska are main characters too. after you read/listen to this one follow up with cold,cold heart which should be labeled as book 2..enjoy!
The narrator was alright. Nothing to write home about. The story was good. I think if the narrator could of breathed a little more life into the story I would of enjoyed it much more.
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.
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