Book Review

by Tami Hoag

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Procedural

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Hold on to your hats, DUST TO DUST is another incredibly intense and riveting thriller by suspense maestro Tami Hoag.

On the surface, Internal Affairs Officer Andy Fallon's death looks like a suicide. Homicide Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are assigned to the case, and immediately sense that things aren't quite right. He was found hanging nude in his bedroom. Was this a suicide, an autoerotic accident, or a murder?

Complicating the matter are two additional facts: Andy was gay and his father is a disabled legend. Mike Fallon was a tough-as-nails cop, who was paralyzed in a shooting 20 years ago. A young officer named Ace Wyatt saved Mike's life and killed the perpetrator. These days, Ace is retiring from the force to work full time on his now nationally syndicated TV show, "Crime Time."

Working in Internal Affairs did not make Andy very popular, but was he depressed enough to kill himself? Both Sam and Nikki have their doubts, and the case starts to smell bad when they begin digging. However, it is Mike Fallon's death shortly thereafter that really raises their suspicions. It would appear that an alcoholic and despondent Mike finally ate his own gun.

If both of the Fallons' deaths are murder and not suicide, who wanted them dead and why? Sam and Nikki fear that the meager trail of clues is leading uncomfortably close to the force itself.

(Apr., 368 pp., $7.99 -- Hardcover published August 2000.)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Bantam

Published: August 2000

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Dust to Dust

Submitted by Robin in PA on February 9, 2014 - 11:26am.

Internal Affairs cop Andy Fallon is found dead in his home, hanging naked in his bedroom. The word "sorry" is written on the mirror. Was it suicide? An accident? Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska interview friends and family. Andy had been depressed after coming out to his father. He was also looking into a case where a gay detective had been murdered. The department orders a quick autopsy and Andy's case is declared an accident, but instinct tells Kovac and Liska that there is more going on than meets the eye.

This is the second book in the Kovac/Liska series. It pulls you in from the beginning. Did Andy kill himself or was it a murder? Does his death have something to do with a 20-year-old case where a cop was murdered and another, Andy's own father, was left paralyzed? Or could it be Andy's current case where a gay detective was bludgeoned to death? We're given lots of clues, enough to actually figure out what happened to Andy, and what happened to his father 20 years ago. My rating: 4 Stars.