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. The cloud of suspicion falls not only on the city's elite, but over the very heart of the police department. Someone wants the case closed - quickly and forever. But even with their careers and their lives on the line, neither Kovac nor Liska will give up. As they unearth a connection between a two-month-old murder case and one that has been closed for twenty years, they find themselves chasing a killer who will stop at nothing to keep a dark and shattering secret.
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I enjoyed listening to the reader.
It is hard to say what I liked best as it is a good story from start to finnish.
David Colacci brings the characters to life.
It is a good book bits could make you laugh and cry.
I have read other books by this author and have enjoyed every one.
Kept me listening.
Sam Kovac keeps everything real.
A great story that keeps you guessing and makes you change your mind over and over. The unexpected twists make for a fabulous story that keeps you listening. The whole tale is put together really well and the plot is solid.
This was my first experience of a Tami Hoag novel. I thought that her best seller status and what sounded like a promising plot warranted a try, but despite several attempts I just couldn't get into this story. Unfortunately, my irritation at the author's over the top attempts to make the writing hard-boiled, presumably in the styles of Hammett and Chandler, got in the way too much. The interplay between the cops was annoying, and I kept wishing we could just get into the plot. I also found the narration to be grating. This one's being returned, and I doubt I'll try any more by this author.
Submarine commander, astronaut and surgeon.....on a weekend. In the week I take it easy, when my regular job, kids and dogs allow :)
If you like thrillers that move at pace, a plot that as you on the edge and with characters full of depth and colour this is the book for you.
Nikki Liska. A woman trying to balance her family responsibilities and her chaotic detective job. So many worlds apart and almost impossible to separate but you feel for her has she battles against so many challenges.
Loved him. He gave every character life and personality that each one was loved and hated accordingly
Sam Kovac's relationship with the Head of Internal Affairs.
If scripted for cinema, it'll make a classic film noir with Clive Owen playing Kovac and Emily Blunt as Liska
I read the book in paperback long enough ago to have not remembered all the details clearly, so was happy to make this one of my monthly Audible choices. David Colacci's performance was excellent, making the characters come alive, and has made several car journeys go much quicker as I listened. I would definitely recommend this as a great book for a long flight or train journey too.
I've enjoyed several of Tami Hoag's novels, a good level of believable characters, well devised plots, and stories you can get involved in. I will definitely look for more Audible versions of her work in future.
Living in rural tranquility in France. I read everything except readers' l o n g reviews of books.
A great find. Rugged US crime cop drama with a noir feel. Think of an expanded Ed Mcbain at his best. Well written, well constructed with interesting characters and an appropriate narration.
Yup, easily listening but quality easy listening. I will be looking for more by this author.
enjoyed the story, did get frustrated at a few points as I thought some things were obvious. the story is well written with good characters.
The story was slow, the characters plastic stereotypes and very predictable. There is no twist or big reveal it is just a long time to wait to get the final nail in a very formulaic and dull book. Sorry, it is not my usual sort of thing but thought I would try it.
Do something that added some level of interest to keep the listener guessing. Stop using cliche characters...
Use more people, not much to work with but didn't like the acting.
Nothing to salvage bin the lot.
Nope, I know it's better than I could write but I can't recommend it to anyone spending money.
"Typical Tami - TERRIFIC!"
I would definitely prefer the audio version but only because it's difficult anymore to slow down long enough to actually read. With the audio...I can have someone read it to me while I'm doing everything else I need to do.
Any of the later Tami Hoag books. The earlier ones are more romantic suspense, which I prefer, but her books just get better and better.
Everything. He has specific voices for each character and he doesn't make the female voices sound cartoonish. He IS the voice of Kovak. I'll be hunting for more from him.
"Couldn't Hang With This One, Gave Up!!"
I am super disappointed with this Tami Hoag novel. I quit after nearly four hours. The novel is over 14 hours long. I have read 3 or 4 of her novels so far and have loved! loved! loved! them. This one does not feel or sound like it was written by Tami Hoag. The wording was stilted and sounded forced maybe because there are a lot of clichés used. What I heard was repetitious, the story seemed to be going in circles and not moving forward.... too much fluff... I know that there are many positive reviews but this one was not for me.
I did not like the narrator at all.. In addition to his lack of performance abilities and limited voice tones, his nasal voice sounded whinny and was very annoying.... Couldn't take that voice. I am sorry to see that this narrator is used for a lot of this author's novels..... oh well.....
"This May Be Her Best"
This is a multi layered story; a who-dun-it skillfully woven with a mystery. The foreshadowing is sprinkled just right throughout the story, never too heavy handed. David Colacci did a masterful job of narrating and distinguishing each character quite well.
It contains one of the best written love scenes, both romantic and believable. I won't spoil it by telling which characters are involved.
This may be her best book yet. I was sad when it was finished.
I have been reading Tami Hoag books for years. This is the first audio book I've ever listened to and I'm not sure if that is what made it different or not.
To start, this narrator has a very nasily voice so everything he says sounds like he's bored & whining at the same time. It was very annoying to listen to. Second, the story just felt like it was going around & around in circles. I made it less than 6 hours when I had to give up. I couldn't imagine another 8 hours of this.. the story just didn't have nearly enough substance to last much longer which lead me to believe it would just be more repetition. I found myself daydreaming while listening to the book & then realizing I'd missed 20 minutes or more & once I rewound it.. realizing I hadn't missed anything important at all. The dialog in this book was really forced too.. If you want this book, I suggest reading it yourself it might be the difference needed to enjoy it.
"Don't bother with this one"
This must be the first book by Tami Hoag that I've listened to. I thought she was supposed to be good. The text is banal, generic, "canned" cop speak. The plot is based on stereotypical gay men and the narrow minded cops that work with them. She doesn't use vocabulary that describes what she wants to say. Literally, every other sentence is, "like a.....". Do people actually say,"let's blow this joint"??? I don't like the reader either. An east coast, tough guy wanna be. NOTHING like a midwest accent. I listen to a lot of marginal books to pass the time as I work on daily jobs or working out. I couldn't get past the first 6 chapters. Save yourself the time.
Great plot and characters. Recommend this book to anyone who loves a good police thriller.
"Intrigue? Not much. Slow, you betcha!"
Another author perhaps
S L O W . . .
Not right now.
less wordy descriptive narration. It seemed to go on and on.
"Great in every way."
Great plot, interesting characters, one of my favourite narrators. I hope there are more of the same to come. John
Great book! I had a hard time turning it off. So many twists, had me guessing all the way to the end.
"Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska Rock"
An internal affairs cop is found dead. Was it suicide? Most people seem to think so, but Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska disagree. Against the wishes of some higher ranking cops they investigate. Their investigation turns up some interesting issues that some crooked cops have successfully kept hidden for many years.
This is an excellent novel and relevant to the current issues of police overreaching that have been in the news lately. Obviously most police officers are out for the good just like Sam and Nikki, but a few bad ones can ruin things for everyone.
I would have given this book a solid 5 stars except it has too much unnecessary sex. I am. I fan of including sex just for the sake of sex.
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