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Publisher's Summary

At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.'s sleaziest defense attorneys, he's nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to escape with his life, and with the package someone wants badly enough to kill for.

Jace returns to Lenny Lowell's office only to find the cops there, the lawyer dead, and Jace himself considered the prime suspect in the savage murder. Suddenly he's on the run from both the cops and a killer, and the key to saving himself and his 10-year-old brother is the envelope he still has, which holds a message no one wants delivered: the truth.

In a city fueled by money, celebrity, and sensationalism, the murder of a bottom-feeding mouthpiece like Lenny Lowell won't make the headlines. So when detectives from the LAPD's elite robbery/homicide division show up, homicide detective Kev Parker wants to know why.

Robbery/Homicide has no reason to be looking at a dead small-time scumbag lawyer or chasing a bike messenger...unless there's something in it for them. Maybe Lenny Lowell had a connection to something big enough to be killed for. Parker begins a search for answers that will lead him to a killer, or the end of his career. Because if there's one lesson he's learned over the years, it's that in a town built on fantasy and fame, delivering the truth can be deadly.

©2004 Indelible Ink, Inc.; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Hoag's success, evidenced once again in this engaging new thriller, is the triumph of substance over style. In a genre overrun with self-conscious jargon, brooding descriptions and fragments masquerading as sentences, her clean, measured prose - full, balanced sentences delivered at a steady pace - doesn't so much create an ominous mood as draw the reader into the worlds of her characters." (Publishers Weekly)

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Kill the Messenger

Well written, well read. Great fast moving plot. Loved this one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathleen
  • Lafayette, CA, United States
  • 08-13-05

Suspense and Action with Great Narration

Erik Davies is great as the narrator, the story gets better with each chapter...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dumb kid eludes mean guys

I had high hopes for this one. Without giving anything away, the hero is a bike messenger who is portrayed as a contemporary version of the little match girl. He is pure and poor and committed to his little brother. He does three or four incredibly stupid things in a row at the beginning of the book that no one would conceivably do and these things get him into trouble. Co-starring is a slightly narcissistic good cop who tries to track him down before the bad cops get him. Lots of narrow escapes etc. etc. Unlikely ending.

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Disappointing

This is far from Tami Hoag's best book. The story dragged on, the characters weren't well developed. I was almost too bored by the story to listen to all of it. Very disappointing from this author I have enjoyed in the past.