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The 1st Victim

By: Tami Hoag
Narrated by: David Colacci
Series: Kovac and Liska, Book 3.5
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
4 out of 5 stars (323 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New Year's Day is a time for new beginnings, but Minneapolis homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are focused on endings: specifically, the tragic end of their latest murder victim, an unidentified young woman discovered on the side of the freeway. Believed to be the victim of a serial killer, Kovac and Liska are determined to do the girl the small justice of returning her body to her family as they investigate her case, but it is no simple task matching the broken corpse to any of the scores of missing persons reports, especially when no one seems to be looking for her.

Meanwhile, recent widow Jeannie Reiser is frantic when she is unable to get in touch with her daughter, Rose, who, as an 18-year-old, is a legal adult rather than a missing child in the eyes of the law. Jeannie's desperate attempts to get the police to believe her child is in trouble lead her closer and closer to the New Year's Doe and to an evil even Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska may be unable to stop.

Tami Hoag once again proves her place as "one of the most intense suspense writers around" (Chicago Tribune) with The 1st Victim

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

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Give me more...

I chose this book because I like the author. I did not really pay attention to the length. This is a short story. It is well written and has good narration. Needless to say it leaves you wanting more.

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SHORT, SHORT

Where's the rest of the book? ? Good story. I guess I didn't look at length of book.

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Buy The 9th Girl and forget this one.

This "book" is really an excerpt from The 9th Girl. It's only a little more than 1 hour long and adds about 10 minutes of new information. What a rip off! I really felt cheated by this one.

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What?

I thought this was a regular book. Apparently it is a short story. When it ended I was bewildered.

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Good entriduction for the upcoming books.

Good entriduction for the upcoming books.
narrator voices are excellent. was able to identify each character with out a problem.

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Don't waste your time or credits on this one.....

An hour and 30 minutes?? Even setting up a storyline, this one is a stretch,

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More to Come

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Since the book was short, my time spent listening did help me finish my chores a little easier. If I had sat without doing something constructive, my time would not have been well spent.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tami Hoag? Why or why not?

I've read quite a few of Tami Hoag books before. Therefore, I will read other's. I will not purchase, The 9th Victim, the book following the 1st Victim. If the first book is any indication of what the next book will be like, I have no desire to read it.

What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

His performance wasn't as good as his other performances. However, he didn't have very much to work with.

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

No

Any additional comments?

I don't think anyone should waste their time and money on this book. Invest your money more wisely. Choose a different book.

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nothing more than a synopsis

No story. Nothing more than a newspaper article. maybe a set up for the real story to follow. not worth a credit.

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too short to buy

story line was decent, but it was a short short book :-( disappointed ...15 w

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  • Jacqueline
  • Fayetteville, NC, United States
  • 12-09-18

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Tami Hoag has given us a thoroughly enjoyable novel and series. Once I began reading this one, I couldn't put the book down. Here's hoping for many additions to this series.

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  • Saffy
  • 06-21-13

Great introduction to Tami Hoag

Excellent short story and a great introduction to Hoag's Kovak and Liska series. I have downloaded 'The 9th Girl' on the strength of this. Excellent characterisation and plot which is often difficult to achieve in crime short stories. Narrator does an excellent job too.

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