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Prior Bad Acts (Kovac/Liska, Bk 3)
Prior Bad Acts - Kovac/Liska, Bk 3
Author: Tami Hoag
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. — PRIOR BAD ACTS — It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened hom...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553583595
ISBN-10: 055358359X
Publication Date: 2/27/2007
Pages: 560
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 474 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
Another good one from Tami Hoag! Although I thought I had parts of it figured out early it was a page turner I couldn't put down!
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Helpful Score: 3
This is top notch. I could not figure out who did it until the last few pages. A quick read, but a little deeper than most mystery books.
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Helpful Score: 3
In typical Tami Hoag fashion, this twists and turns with surprise after surprise. The cops think they have the triple murderer in custody until the unthinkable happens and he escapes. Then it's a race to find him and protect the ones in the most danger from him. I haven't read the first two books in this series (Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust) but I really liked the dynamics between the partners. They use humor and sexual innuendos to get past the horror of their jobs. The banter between all the cops on the task force provide a much needed comic relief from the horrific murders they are investigating. Though I will say that thankfully the details were sparse on the triple murder which involved kids and rape. Ms Hoag very nicely left that to our imagination which can (or possibly not) be a blessing.

I particularly liked Kovac's surprising attachment to the victim and her daughter. It was refreshing to see a twice divorced cop trying again to find THE one. I own both of the previous series book and will be reading them as soon as I can. I would love to get more details on Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska. They make an amazing team and like all cops, have personal issues involving kids and marriage. I've read many of Tami Hoag's novels and am never disappointed. They are fast reads and you get input from both sides of the law - the police and the lawyers.
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Helpful Score: 2
Awesome book! Fast moving with lots of twists and turns!
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Helpful Score: 2
A good book, good characters. I wouldn't say a great book, since midway through you end up with a pretty good idea of what's happening. Still, Hoag did a good job of keeping my interest.
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reviewed Prior Bad Acts (Kovac/Liska, Bk 3) on + 1566 more book reviews
Judge Carey Moore makes an unpopular decision when she rules that Karl Dahl's prior criminal record is inadmissible during his current trial. Dahl is accused of torturing and murdering Marlene Haas and her two foster children. Everyone believes Dahl is guilty and they are not happy with Judge Moore's decision. Soon after the ruling, the Judge is beaten in a parking garage. Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are assigned to her case. As they hunt for the attacker, they hear that Karl Dahl has escaped from custody and is at large. Now a task force is assigned to bring Dahl back to prison and protect the Judge from the people who want her dead.

This is a well written suspense thriller with many suspects. Not only do the cops have to find the escaped prisoner, they have to figure out who tried to kill the judge. There is a long list of suspects including people the Judge sent to prison, her estranged husband, a troubled homicide cop, and the Haas family. I enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the next in the series. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
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Good Book. Enjoyed it from start to finish.
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My two favorite detectives. I have nothing bad to say here!