Prior Bad Acts (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 21, 2006 - Fiction - 375 pages
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New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag returns with a thriller that begins with a shocking crime scene you’ll never forget and follows two relentless detectives on a manhunt that ends in a chilling confrontation with the essence of human evil.

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’s 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.

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Great mystery writing. - Goodreads
What I had trouble swallowing was the plot. - Goodreads
Love the banter with Kovak and Liska, great partners. - Goodreads
The ending caught me by surprise! - Goodreads
Tami Hoag is a good writer. - Goodreads
Characterization was sharp; plotting, tight. - Goodreads

Review: Prior Bad Acts (Kovac and Liska #3)

User Review  - Kristin - Goodreads

Love the banter with Kovak and Liska, great partners. This book gave Kovak a great outlook for new books that I am anxious to read what happens next. Their were many "bad guys" in this book, who were all bad in their own way - which even allowed you to see what a good guy Kovak is. Read full review

Review: Prior Bad Acts (Kovac and Liska #3)

User Review  - Gale Bailey - Goodreads

Another great story from Tami Hoag! Every character, from the killer Karl Dahl, to Judge Cary Moore is well fleshed-out and memorable, and the story is fast-paced and very enjoyable. Special mention ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Tami Hoag's novels have appeared regularly on national bestseller lists since the publication of her first book in 1988. She lives in Los Angeles.

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