Book Review

PRIOR BAD ACTS
by Tami Hoag

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Procedural

2006 Suspense Nominee

RT Rating

The dynamic detective team of Kovac and Liska are back and up to their ears in death and danger. Escalating tension and terrifying suspense are Hoag hallmarks, and her outstanding storytelling expertise and ability to deftly layer character and plot make this another surefire hit.

Minnesota judge Carey Moore isn't popular after she makes an evidence
ruling that favors suspected killer Karl Dahl. In fact, someone is so incensed that Carey is nearly beaten to death in the courthouse parking garage.

Given the police department and the public's feelings about the Dahl case, homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska aren't too thrilled to be assigned to investigate Carey's assault.
But soon Sam is sympathizing with Carey and the tough situation she's in. Then all hell breaks loose when, shortly thereafter, Dahl escapes custody. Now Kovac and Liska are looking at two parallel cases: recapturing Dahl and uncovering the person threatening the judge.
As they dig deeper, Kovac and Liska
are awash in suspects, and no one
is as innocent as he or she seems.

(Apr., 384 pp., $26.00)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Bantam

Published: April 2006

Reader Rating

4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(1 ratings)

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Prior Bad Acts

Submitted by Robin in PA on July 5, 2014 - 3:24pm.

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.