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ASHES TO ASHES
by Tami Hoag

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Procedural

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Tami Hoag has written her most riveting and bone-chilling novel to date.

For the third time, the Minneapolis serial killer, The Cremator, has struck. Only this time, the police may have gotten lucky, they have a witness to the incineration of the latest body. Unfortunately, the witness is troubled runaway,Angie DiMarco, who is not cooperating. Kate Conlan, a former FBI agent turned victim-witness advocate is brought in.

And unlike the previous victims of The Cremator who lived on the streets, the latest victim may be the missing daughter of powerful businessman Peter Bondurant. If the charred body is not the missing Jillian, who is it and where is Jillian? Because of this potential high profile nature of the victim, legendary FBI special agent and profiler John Quinn is brought in to handle the political hot potato.

Already under pressure to make young Angie cooperate, Kate doesn't need the added emotional strain of a reunion with John, her former lover. Though their affair ended badly, the embers still smolder.

Despite the Task Forces best efforts, the clock continues to tick and no one knows how much time may be left before The Cremator strikes again.

(Apr., 496 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Bantam

Published: April 1999

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Ashes to Ashes

Submitted by Robin in PA on June 24, 2012 - 2:45pm.

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.