Kovac and Liska

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 13,073 ratings

Ashes to Ashes Publisher's Summary

He performs his profane ceremony in a wooded Minneapolis park, anointing his victims, then setting the bodies ablaze. He has already claimed three lives, and he won't stop there. Only this time there is a witness. But she isn't talking.

Enter Kate Conlan, former FBI agent turned victim/witness advocate. Not even she can tell if the reluctant witness is a potential victim or something more troubling still. Her superiors are interested only because the latest victim may be the daughter of Peter Bondurant, an enigmatic billionaire. When Peter pulls strings, Special Agent John Quinn gets assigned to the case. But the FBI's ace profiler of serial killers is the last person Kate wants to work with, not with their troubled history. Now she faces the most difficult role of her career - and her life. For she's the only woman who has what it takes to stop the killer... and the one woman he wants next.

©1999 Diva Hoag, Inc; 2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Quotation from The Symbolism of Evil, Volume Seventeen of the Religious Perspective Series by Paul Ricoeur © 1967 by Paul Ricoeur, copyright renewed 1995. Reprinted with permission from HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. Quotations from Mindhunter by John Douglas and John Olshaker © 1995 by Mindhunters, Inc. Reprinted with permission of Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster. Quotation from Serial Killers: The Growing Menace by Joel Norris reprinted with permission of Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Ashes to Ashes

    • By: Tami Hoag
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,632
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,444

    He performs his profane ceremony in a wooded Minneapolis park, anointing his victims, then setting the bodies ablaze. He has already claimed three lives, and he won't stop there. Only this time there is a witness. But she isn't talking. Enter Kate Conlan, former FBI agent turned victim/witness advocate. Not even she can tell if the reluctant witness is a potential victim or something more troubling still.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great story, but enough with the breathy falsetto

    • By Catherine E. Kehl on 12-15-15

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 2

    • Dust to Dust

    • A Novel
    • By: Tami Hoag
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,299
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,033

    Sorry. The single word is written on a mirror. In front of it hangs a Minneapolis Internal Affairs cop. Was it suicide? Or a kinky act turned tragic? Either way, it wasn't murder. At least not according to the powers that be. But veteran homicide detective Sam Kovac and his wisecracking, ambitious partner, Nikki Liska, think differently. Together they begin to dig at the too-neat edges of the young cop's death, uncovering one motive - and one suspect - after another.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Typical Tami - TERRIFIC!

    • By midnitemilkyway on 02-27-15

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 3

    • Prior Bad Acts

    • By: Tami Hoag
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 603
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 599

    It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl's prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry, and puts the judge in grave danger.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • maybe a 3 1/2

    • By mary on 02-02-09

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 3.5

    • The 1st Victim

    • By: Tami Hoag
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 269
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 236

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Give me more...

    • By Kitty on 06-20-13

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 4

    • The 9th Girl

    • By: Tami Hoag
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,281

    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?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Fond of Narrator, Characters Sterotypical

    • By Sires on 06-20-13

    Regular price: $17.49

  • Book 5

    • Cold Cold Heart

    • By: Tami Hoag
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,720
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,302

    Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • First Tami Hoag book I've had

    • By April on 01-27-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 6

    • The Bitter Season

    • By: Tami Hoag
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338

    As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless. After moving to the cold case squad in order to spend more time with her sons, she misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter, the sense of urgency of hunting a murderer on the loose. Most of all she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac. Sam is having an even harder time adjusting to Nikki's absence, saddled with a green new partner younger than pieces of Sam's wardrobe.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Another Tami Hoag Problem Novel

    • By Sires on 01-24-16

    Regular price: $27.99