Kovac / Liska

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 105 ratings

Prior Bad Acts Publisher's Summary

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. When an unknown assailant attacks Judge Moore in a parking garage, two of Minneapolis' top cops are called upon to solve the crime and keep the judge from further harm.

Detective Sam Kovac is as hard-boiled as they come, and his wisecracking partner, Nikki Liska, isn't far behind. Neither one wants to be on this case, but when Karl Dahl escapes from custody, everything changes, and a seemingly straightforward case cartwheels out of control. The stakes go even higher when the judge is kidnapped, snatched out of her own bed even as the police sit outside, watching her house. Now Kovac and Liska must navigate through a maze of suspects that includes the stepson of a murder victim, a husband with a secret life, and a rogue cop looking for revenge where the justice system failed. With no time to spare, the detectives are pulled down a strange dark trail of smoke and mirrors, where no one is who they seem and everyone is guilty of Prior Bad Acts.

©2006 Tami Hoag; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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  • Book 1

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  • Book 3

    • Prior Bad Acts

    • By: Tami Hoag
    • Narrated by: Erik Bergmann
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable read

    • By Lisa on 01-08-17

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 4

    • The 9th Girl

    • By: Tami Hoag
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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?

    Regular price: $17.49

  • Book 5

    • Cold Cold Heart

    • By: Tami Hoag
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    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
    • Good story

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-23-15

    Regular price: $17.49

  • Book 6

    • The Bitter Season

    • By: Tami Hoag
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    Regular price: $18.89