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Ashes to Ashes  (Kovac/Liska, Bk 1)
Ashes to Ashes - Kovac/Liska, Bk 1
Author: Tami Hoag
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 wi...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780553579604
ISBN-10: 0553579606
Publication Date: 6/27/2000
Pages: 592
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 406 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Ashes to Ashes (Kovac/Liska, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
A book about a serial killer that delves deep into his mental state. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time reading this, in awe that someone could write about such things, yet still wanting to read to the end, unable to determine how this story would end.
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Helpful Score: 3
Enough already with the metaphors, similes and idioms. I get it. In this laborious story, Kate Conlon, a former FBI agent and currently a child advocate is brought in to help a young witness identify a man, the Cremator, whom she saw in a park late at night setting a body on fire. As this very long story goes, it gets quite twisted as to who are the good guys, who are the bad guys and which characters are brought in to confuse the story even more. When the third victim of the Cremator is identified as the damaged daughter of a billionaire the big guns are called in, in the form of Special Agent John Quinn, who just happened to be the ex-lover of Kate. One more twist. And of course, now Kates life is in danger. The only thing that kept me reading was that I couldn't figure out who the Cremator was; too many major and minor characters were thrown at you in hopes that something would stick and lead you down the wrong path and yet again you would be bouncing back and forth with possibilities.I dont think I will be reading this author again since about one-third of this book could have been removed and the story would have flowed much better and as an experienced author, for me, she just couldnt keep up the momentum
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Helpful Score: 3
TAMI HOAG has got to be one of the best writers out there. This one was exceptional. You wondered who the villian was and though I came close the end was a bit of a suprise. A couple of them actualy.
THANKS TAMI.... Keep up the good work.
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Helpful Score: 2
A complicated, very intense and involving read. Hard to put down. Tami Hoag always provides suspenseful plot twists and this book is no exception. Take a deep breath....
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Helpful Score: 1
Hoag has become one of my favorite story tellers.
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reviewed Ashes to Ashes (Kovac/Liska, Bk 1) on + 19 more book reviews
Tami Hoag is a great writer. I really like her books.
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Two prostitutes have been murdered. Their bodies burnt. The media has dubbed the killer "The Creamator". But the murders do not hit the front page until another body is found and the daughter of Billionaire Peter Bondurant is believed to be the third vicitm. Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are working around the clock to solve this crime. A witness to the crime is unwilling to tell the police what she saw. Victim/Witness advocate Kate Conlan is on hand to help her through the ordeal. But Kate isn't happy when FBI Special Agent John Quinn is brought in to profile the killer. Kate and Quinn share a past that she doesn't want stirred up.

This is a good suspense story with lots of red herrings. I certainly didn't figure out who the killer was. I liked the pairing of Kate & Quinn, though I thought they could have talked over their problems much earlier in the book. Kovac and Liska are both very interesting characters that I want to read more about in the next book in the series. My rating: 4 Stars.
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I'm hooked, can't wait to read the next book in the series!

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