Tami Hoag - [Kovac-Liska 01] - Ashes to Ashes. Home · Tami Hoag - [Kovac- Liska 01] Author: Hoag Tami Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder. Read more. Without a doubt one of the most intense suspense writers around.”—Chicago Tribune “[Tami Hoag] demonstrates just. ASHES TO ASHES He performs his profane ceremony in a wooded Minneapolis park, anointing his victims, then setting the bodies ablaze. He has already.
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Ashes to Ashes: A Novel (Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska) [Tami Hoag] on site. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “Without a doubt one of the most. Author of Night sins, Ashes to Ashes, Cry Wolf, Dust to dust, Guilty as Sin, Still Waters, Dark by Tami Hoag 17 editions - first published in Tami Hoag's novels have appeared regularly on national bestseller lists since the publication of her first book in (). cover image of Ashes to Ashes.
Now she faces the most difficult role of her career - and her life. For she's the only woman who has what it takes to stop the killer The single word is written on a mirror. In front of it hangs a Minneapolis Internal Affairs cop. Was it suicide? Or a kinky act turned tragic? Either way, it wasn't murder.
At least not according to the powers that be. But veteran homicide detective Sam Kovac and his wisecracking, ambitious partner, Nikki Liska, think differently. Together they begin to dig at the too-neat edges of the young cop's death, uncovering one motive - and one suspect - after another.
I always thought "Dust to Dust" was the first book in the series. Though ruled a suicide, both Kovac and Liska believe the officer was murdered. There are ties to an older homicide from decades ago. I love Kovac and Liska. They bounce off each other very well and you can see why they work as partners.
Kovac is twice divorced though at his heart he does want to be with someone. We see him starting to click with a lieutenant in IA. This is also the beginning of the Christmas light wars he has with his next door neighbor.
I don't know why that whole thing tickles me, but it does. Kovac makes mention of Kate Conlan from book 1, and even goes and sees her and John Quinn now together and happy. Even though Kovac would love nothing more to ignore the calls from the top to close the current case they are working, he and Liska still push ahead. Liska is a divorced mother of two still hung up on her ex.
You get to see her trying to juggle being a detective along with being there for her two boys. It's nice to see a female homicide detective who is apparently well liked be her colleagues and very good at her job.
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We get some great secondary characters that I can't say too much about. I thought the writing was very solid.
The current case ties into at least two other side plots, but I found that everything works. The setting of Minneapolis always makes me think of winter. I have no idea why.
The ending was a gut punch to me. I didn't see the events coming and all I could think was if only at the end. Another good mystery for Kovac and Liska. Both Kovac and Liska are solid characters and I really enjoyed this one. I did figure out the "bad guys", but the journey to their guilt was solid.
Tami Hoag - [Kovac-Liska 01] - Ashes to Ashes
I liked how the past and present crimes were woven together. There were a couple of sad items, but One item that I don't enjoy is the present tense sections by the one "bad guy".
I know this is Ms. Hoag's style, but I tended to skim these short sections. For whatever reason, present tense is like nails on a Another good mystery for Kovac and Liska.
For whatever reason, present tense is like nails on a black board to me. There were times in the middle of the book where it seemed like the story was being drawn out, but then it would hit a good stretch that had me glued to the pages.
I definitely continue to read this series. Jan 10, John rated it really liked it. Having just finished a "literary" suspenser , which involved battling my way through a jungle of overconvoluted prose, I was desperate to cleanse my palate, as it were, with a piece of straightforward storytelling. This book by Tami Hoag practically leapt from the shelf into my hand as the ideal restorative. When the cop son of a disabled legendary ex-cop is found hanged, everyone's keen to assume it's a matter of suicide -- everyone, that is, except Hoag's series heroes, detectives Sam Kovac and Having just finished a "literary" suspenser , which involved battling my way through a jungle of overconvoluted prose, I was desperate to cleanse my palate, as it were, with a piece of straightforward storytelling.
When the cop son of a disabled legendary ex-cop is found hanged, everyone's keen to assume it's a matter of suicide -- everyone, that is, except Hoag's series heroes, detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska of the Minneapolis PD. Complicating the case is that the dead man was gay, and so had to deal with his fair share of homophobia from other cops, and that he worked for Internal Affairs, investigating corrupt cops, and was thus instinctively loathed by all serving officers because team loyalty is, er, more important than rooting out criminality.
That's Liska's attitude at the outset, anyway, but she manages to think things through a bit better by the end. Kovac and Liska are right: And they're right to identify another supposed suicide as a murder, too. Despite the fact that their bosses are keen to close the investigation down, our heroes persist, the way that all good maverick cops do, even as it becomes blatantly evident that the murderer they're hunting is one of their own.
Some of the humor in the smutty badinage between the cops is a bit heavy-handed and juvenile; I'm sure that in real life it would be, but this is fiction and we expect a bit better. To choose just a single example: It's gotta be some kind of record. Left on its own, the joke in the first sentence is quite fun, and we got it: That's a minor quibble. Overall, Dust to Dust was a wonderfully pacy read with a nicely complex mystery at its heart and a fair amount of emotional heft.
Memo to self: I really ought to read more Tami Hoag than I do, because I always enjoy her books. View all 3 comments. Jan 15, Janie Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: Another great read by Tami Hoag.
I am really enjoying this series by her. And I look forward to the next one in this series, Prior Bad Acts and also the other series that she has. I love how she writes. Pretty fluid and easy to read, lots of mystery and excitement and great plots to follow. I like how parts of the last book rolled over into this one giving hints to past lives. So probably better to read them in order. I think the characters are very well developed, very realistic and believable. And I think that is mostly because she created them to not be perfect and to have their own problems.
They have to work for what they want. I also feel like Kovak and Liska were much better developed in this installment, or maybe it was because they seemed to be a bigger part of this book than they were in the first one. Kovak is probably my favorite character. And when everything was revealed I was kind of like what?! I really did not expect a lot of it.
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There were several different mysteries to follow in this book and I loved that too. It did get a little confusing for a moment where I would have to go back and read something again. There was also one part of this book that involves Sam Kovak that I wished could have been different, but then again I think I know where the Author is going with him in this series and it makes sense.
I am sure by the time I get done with the series I will know it all. View all 9 comments. Mar 11, Maureen Casey rated it liked it. I was pleased though that the author did give a cameo appearance to Quinn and Anne, enough to update the reader about their ongoing lives- Like getting a christmas family update from friends. This book delivers all of the same plot twists and twisted minds as the first book, but fell short on the creepiness.
I guess that could be a good or bad thing depending on the reader. I think the author could have done a lot more with this topic than she did. Brought the last cd into the house to finish it up. Couldn't wait thru the weekend till Monday when I'd be back in the car driving. I thought that I had the story all figured out but I was a little incorrect. Didn't find this out til the very ending of the book. Hope the library has more Hoag audios. I've decided that these installments to crime fiction series will be smaller reviews due to me not wanting to give away any huge details or plot points.
I was incredibly thrilled to be back in the mind of Hoag! Because once again, Tami Hoag did not disappoint. As usual the writing was fantastically addictive and well-paced. I know that many people complain I've decided that these installments to crime fiction series will be smaller reviews due to me not wanting to give away any huge details or plot points.
I know that many people complain about the fact that Hoag not only covers her plot and the victims and the crime in extensive detail, but she also delves into the lives of the detectives. Personally, I'm a sucker for details and the all-encompassing look at all of the chess pieces and every edge of the game board.
There were lots of questions and speculation as to what constitutes a healthy, happy family and how much influence does our parents' love and attention or lack of, contribute to our sexual preferences.
If we aren't comfortable with who we are, how can we expect others to be comfortable with who we are? Do we really know what makes us tick? Why do we try so desperately to run away from our pasts and our issues? What's your "damage" and how far are you willing to go to remedy it?
Justice comes in many different forms, and often it is the internal guilty turmoil that eats people up from the inside, not necessarily the sentence itself, that is the most punishing. Just because you don't see it or hear about it, doesn't mean that it isn't happening. Lies upon lies upon lies. Numerous motives. And a whole hell of a lot of resentment. The tension and the constant new revelations were handled wonderfully.
A cast of wonderfully three dimensional characters, a well executed plot, and excellent writing; Hoag's done it again. Jan 01, Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it.
I listened to this on four cassettes to and fro my work over the last few days, and I must say, this was quite a bit better than 'Ashes to Ashes. One, a "cold-case" of the beating-death of a cop, and the other, an apparent suicide of an IA cop. But is it suicide?
Is the criminal charged in the cold-case beating death really the I listened to this on four cassettes to and fro my work over the last few days, and I must say, this was quite a bit better than 'Ashes to Ashes. Is the criminal charged in the cold-case beating death really the one who killed the cop?
Why was the IA man looking into the night his father, a legend cop, was shot and paralyzed, and what does it have to do with all the other things going on? Honestly, the mystery in this one had me turning - I couldn't decide who to look at as the villain in the piece, and I was very well rewarded for my efforts - I got about a third of it right, enough to make me feel all clever, and yet enough to be outsmarted and enjoy the ride.
I'm definitely going to look into more Tami Hoag. The voice actor in this one was also way above the level of 'Ashes to Ashes,' which is always a good thing. His voices for Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, especially, were well performed, and his pacing was perfect. Well done! Loving this series! Kovac and Liska. Gay cop killed making it appear to be a suicide, corruption, and dirty cops.
Who is behind all the killings? One of their own, perhaps? I listened to the audiobook and David Colacci delivered an outstanding performance. Tami has made it to my favorite author list thrilled to have a South Florida author in my backyard.
Cannot wait to read more. Another book that rambles and is way too long. The story of a gay police officer's death ruled a suicide, then accidental, and then another death ruled suicide.
These rulings don't sit well with the two detectives Kovac and Liska. A lot of the same old same old - cops who break the rules, get themselves threatened by bad guys, and on and on.
Another way way too long book almost pages and audiobook. This is a clue for me to avoid non-literary fiction books that are over pages unless I r Another book that rambles and is way too long. This is a clue for me to avoid non-literary fiction books that are over pages unless I read great reviews.
Oh wait a minute. There are certain literary fiction writers Donna Tartt comes to mind that get great reviews but are way way overwritten and underedited.
Aug 24, Kirk rated it it was ok. I listened to this in the car on CD. Good plot, but the prose is really turgid. I think I read the prequel to this one, Ashes to Ashes, back 20 yrs ago, as a couple of references to characters from that first one sounded familiar to me. This is the 2nd in this series featuring homicide detectives Sam Kovac and his partner Nikki Liska. It is not necessary to read Ashes to Ashes first, as this can stand alone.
This one starts our slow, no big 3. This one starts our slow, no big hook at the onset, but it builds up to a very satisfactory police procedural focusing on the deaths of some policemen that look like something they are not. It has you wondering about dirty cops, motives and all the things that make a crime novel complex and keeps your interest vested in the outcome. The last few chapters had me riveted to the pages, no interruptions welcome.
I enjoyed the flawed and complex characters, getting to know Kovac and Liska. They are both true detectives, wanting to get at the truth. Their jobs define them. For Kovac, twice divorced, estranged from his daughter, he has nothing else. The banter between Kovac and Liska adds some lightness in the otherwise dark situations, their relationship professional and loyal.
I plan to read more, in order, as I prefer. Recommended for my GR friends who enjoy the genre and might have missed this some years back. Apr 22, Chana rated it liked it Shelves: Somewhat boring and very bleak.
A cop commits suicide, then that cop's father also commits suicide. Sam Kovac doesn't download it. He investigates despite the first case being closed as an accident and everyone thinking that the second was a suicide. Murder is the cause of both deaths and both are tied to a an incident from thirty years ago. Don't expect much in the way of warmth and happiness, it is about as cold and bleak as the Minnesota winter she describes.
One of those crime books that starts out as being just alright, but becomes unputdownable towards the end. I have come to the conclusion that I would make a terrible detective as I always guess completely wrong.
Seems this is part of a series featuring the two main detectives, wouldn't mind reading more books about them. Dec 22, Kathryn rated it it was ok.
This was 2 in the Kovak-Liska series, so I understand it not being a good sequel. However, it was one of the slowest, most ploddingly dull storylines I've read in quite a while.
If I hadn't already read 5 in this series, I wouldn't have finished this book. This wasn't just a boring story but it was morose and depressing. Not something I'd suggest as a must read. Jun 07, Falina rated it liked it. Another solid Hoag book. I'll probably end up reading the entire Kovac and Liska series.
This was good, however I think it was a little dragged out and took awhile to keep the suspense out. But I do like the Kovacs and Liska characters. Apr 17, Char Ipacs rated it really liked it Shelves: I liked it.Would I NOT recommend this book? In my family we tend to pass around books we have read, and then donate them to nursing homes and the like.
Put these two cookie cutter charaters together, there's some hot sex and a convoluted mystery, and the same miserable things in every one of these books. On the other hand, just like Prior Bad Acts , the plot is overly convoluted and has too many moving parts.
Tami Hoag does a fairly good job tying up all of the loose ends, but in doing so, seems to skim over issues that should have more detail. If you like brilliantly written thrillers, with a wonderful cast of characters, a well weaved tapestry of occurences, and some romance thrown in for good measure, Tami Hoag is the author for you. At least not according to the powers that be. Refresh and try again. Conversations always seemed a little more heartfelt as one would listen.