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Prior Bad Acts (Kovac/Liska, Bk 3)
Prior Bad Acts - Kovac/Liska, Bk 3
Author: Tami Hoag
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 convicting the alleged 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 as evid...  more
ISBN-13: 9780553801989
ISBN-10: 0553801988
Publication Date: 3/21/2006
Pages: 384
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Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Hardcover
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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 communitity 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 recor is inadmissiable rasies a public outcry-and puts the judge in grave danger.

When an unknown assailiant 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 wisecraking 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 straight-forward 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 step-son of a murder victim, a husband wih a secret life, and a rouge cop looking for revenge where the justice systm failed.

With nio 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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Prior Bad ActsPrior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag

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I picked up this book at a library sale. Now when I added it to do my review, I find out that it is the third in a series, and I hate to read books out of order, but I think I can manage this one.

I have read a few Tami Hoag books before and I have always enjoyed the way she writes and how she spins a story.

This was amazing, it was a well written story with lots of twists and turns that kept you guessing the whole time. The murders were intense and might be hard to handle for some, but the details and well written and give you just enough information to understand the crime without being overly gory or too intense.

The emotions of the people in the story are so easy to relate to you, and you find yourself understanding and feeling for all the people in the story, not just the good guys. Even the emotions or lack of emotions in the bad guys are understandable.

This is a hard book to review in that you don't want to tell to much about the story for fear of giving awsay too many things and spoiling the book for the next person, but at the same time you want to get enough information to spur someone into reading it.

The story follows two main detectives and other minor detectives as they try to make a case in the brutal murder or a woman and her two children. Everyone in the case, including the town, blames a drifter. The story opens with the judge in the case having to make a hard decision about the drifters past, weather it is admissable in court or not. The thing is the writer really dealves into the judges mind in making the decision, you understand her conflict and her reasoning for making the ruling, even though it makes her unpopular in a minute in town, she does what she feels she has to based on the laws.

The story goes from there and tells what happens after the ruling, how it effects certain people in the case and the unhinging of minds.

I would encourage anyone who loves a mystery to read this. It will keep you guessing and make you respect and understand the work of the police, the lawyers and the judges more too.





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I thought this was really good. As a thriller writer myself, I don't believe she went into enough depth, but I found it very entertaining. There are different types of writing and not every reader wants all the psyhological ins and outs to the 3rd degree.
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This is one of Hoag's more exciting books, and even the least is excellent, as far as I'm concerned. She is not one of those who has 20 books a year coming out with her name on them. She really write 'em and they're good. Don't wnat to give much away -- but just want to say she knows how to keep the interest level high.

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