A Thin Dark Line

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Terror stalks the streets of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana. A suspected murderer is free on a technicality, and the cop accused of planting evidence against him is ordered off the case. But Detective Nick Fourcade refuses to walk away. He’s stepped over the line before. This case threatens to push him over the edge.

He’s not the only one. Deputy Annie Broussard found the woman’s mutilated body. She still hears the phantom echoes of dying screams. She wants justice. But pursuing the ...

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Overview

Terror stalks the streets of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana. A suspected murderer is free on a technicality, and the cop accused of planting evidence against him is ordered off the case. But Detective Nick Fourcade refuses to walk away. He’s stepped over the line before. This case threatens to push him over the edge.

He’s not the only one. Deputy Annie Broussard found the woman’s mutilated body. She still hears the phantom echoes of dying screams. She wants justice. But pursuing the investigation will mean forming an alliance with a man she doesn’t trust and making enemies of the men she works with. It will mean being drawn into the confidence of a killer. For Annie Broussard, finding justice will mean risking everything—including her life.

The search for the truth has begun—one that will lead down a twisted trail through the steamy bayous of Louisiana, and deep into the darkest reaches of the human heart.

. The bestselling author of Night Sins and Guilty as Sin takes readers on a search for the truth through the bayous of Louisiana that reaches deep into the dark recesses of the heart. Deputy Annie Broussard is drawn into a dangerous, deadly game when she pursues the investigation of a killer whose case has been dismissed on a technicality.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Patricia Cornwell, eat your heart out! Tami Hoag...sets a standard in suspense."—Atlanta Journal

"Tami Hoag writes the kind of can't-put-it-down suspense that keeps you on edge to the final sentence."—John Saul, author of The Homing

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Having begun her career as a romance author for Bantam's Loveswept line, Hoag has evolved into a fine thriller writer. Night Sins, set in rural Minnesota, was her entry into romantic suspense, and her palette became a lot darker when the protagonists reappeared in Guilty as Sin. This latest thriller wastes no time; it's creepy from the prologue, a tortured poem written by the murderer, which both establishes the tone and cleverly sets up the ending. A morass of obsessive love, brutality and planted evidence swirl around Annie Broussard, a pint-sized, by-the-book female deputy working in the sheriff's department of Louisiana's Partout Parish. Everyone in the parish--citizens, cops and rogue detective Nick Fourcad--believes architect Marcus Renard, the man acquitted of torturing and killing 37-year-old realtor Pam Bichon, is guilty. When Annie arrests Nick while he's in the process of beating Marcus to death, she finds herself ostracized by her fellow cops and the townsfolk. Afterwards, both she and Nick are put on suspension and must join forces to uncover the truth about Pam's death. Hoag displays a firm grasp on localeDhere, it's the eccentricities and colorful slang of the Louisiana Bayou country. This isn't exactly a mystery--the reader doesn't have to work too hard to figure out who really did it, although the police don't until the final confrontation--but there's plenty of suspense in waiting to see how it will all be resolved. Psychopathic villains are common enough, but Hoag has managed to endow hers with a scarred entourage that provides a tragic note.
Library Journal
In this latest from Hoag, who hit it big with Night Sins (LJ 1/95), a female cop teams with a notoriously ill-tempered male detective in hopes of trapping a vicious killer.
Kirkus Reviews
Hoag finishes her crossover from sexy soft-cover romance to psychosexual thriller with this tale of tough Cajun loners looking for love in unlikely places.

Heroine Annie Broussard is a deputy with the sheriff's office in Partout Parish in southern Louisiana. An orphan who's working hard to make detective, she's also devoted to getting rid of the sexual predators who victimize women. But just as her career seems to be looking up, Annie breaks an unwritten police law: She arrests a fellow officer, Nick Fourcade, when she finds him beating up a murder suspect. Annie should have let Fourcade kill him, say both her colleagues and the bayou parish citizens. After all, the suspect, Marcus Renard, had supposedly stalked Pam Bichon, a single mother. He'd driven stakes through her hands, raped her, killed her, eviscerated her, then left her wearing only a feathered Mardi Gras mask in a deserted cottage on Pony Bayou. Why not kill him? Switching his obsession from Pam to Annie, he maintains that he's innocent and begs Annie to help him. Working with Fourcade, who's suspended but still obsessed with the case, she seeks evidence to put the troubled Marcus legally behind bars. Meanwhile, someone's raping Louisiana women, and Marcus is too injured to be the perp. Is it Annie's lazy, mean-spirited colleague Stokes? Or Pam's husband, involved with a New Orleans racketeer from Fourcade's past? As Mardi Gras approaches, Annie, a cute kid who does 50 chin-ups a day and has an addiction to candy bars, wrestles with Fourcade's dangerous sexuality—fortunately a losing battle—and with the evil presence of deranged male predators that haunts so many recent suspense novels.

Hoag (Guilty as Sin, 1996, etc.) is always a good gritty read, but this time a lack of sustained emotional tension makes the novel a long ride on soft tires.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553571882
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 124,722
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Tami Hoag
Tami Hoag’s novels have appeared regularly on national bestseller lists since the publication of her first book in 1988. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Her body lay on the floor. Her slender arms outflung, palms up. Death. Cold and brutal, strangely intimate.

The people rose in unison as the judge emerged from his chambers. The Honorable Franklin Monahan. The figurehead of justice. The decision would be his.

Black pools of blood in the silver moonlight. Her life drained from her to puddle on the hard cypress floor.

Richard Kudrow, the defense attorney. Thin, gray, and stoop-shouldered, as if the fervor for justice had burned away all excess within him and had begun to consume muscle mass. Sharp eyes and the strength of his voice belied the image of frailty.

Her naked body inscribed with the point of a knife. A work of violent art.

Smith Pritchett, the district attorney. Sturdy and aristocratic. The gold of his cuff links catching the light as he raised his hands in supplication.

Cries for mercy smothered by the cold shadow of death.

Chaos and outrage rolled through the crowd in a wave of sound as Monahan pronounced his ruling. The small amethyst ring had not been listed on the search warrant of the defendant's home and was, therefore, beyond the scope of the warrant and not legally subject to seizure.

Pamela Bichon, thirty-seven, separated, mother of a nine-year-old girl. Brutally murdered. Eviscerated. Her naked body found in a vacant house on Pony Bayou, spikes driven through the palms of her hands into the wood floor; her sightless eyes staring up at nothing through the slits of a feather Mardi Gras mask.

Case dismissed.

The crowd spilled from the Partout Parish Courthouse, past the thick Doric columns and down the broad steps, a buzzing swarm of humanity centering on the key figures of the drama that had played out in Judge Monahan's courtroom.

Smith Pritchett focused his narrow gaze on the navy blue Lincoln that awaited him at the curb and snapped off a staccato line of "no comments" to the frenzied press. Richard Kudrow, however, stopped his descent dead center on the steps.

Trouble was the word that came immediately to Annie Broussard as the press began to circle the defense attorney and his client. Like every other deputy in the sheriff's office, she had hoped against hope that Kudrow would fail in his attempt to get the ring thrown out as evidence. They had all hoped Smith Pritchett would be the one crowing on the courthouse steps.

Sergeant Hooker's voice crackled over the portable radio. "Savoy, Mullen, Prejean, Broussard, move in front of those goddamn reporters. Establish some distance between the crowd and Kudrow and Renard before this turns into a goddamn cluster fuck."

Annie edged her way between bodies, her hand resting on the butt of her baton, her eyes on Marcus Renard as Kudrow began to speak. He stood beside his attorney, looking uncomfortable with the attention being focused on him. He wasn't a man to draw notice. Quiet, unassuming, an architect in the firm of Bowen & Briggs. Not ugly, not handsome. Thinning brown hair neatly combed and hazel eyes that seemed a little too big for their sockets. He stood with his shoulders stooped and his chest sunken, a younger shadow of his attorney. His mother stood on the step above him, a thin woman with a startled expression and a mouth as tight and straight as a hyphen.

"Some people will call this ruling a travesty of justice," Kudrow said loudly. "The only travesty of justice here has been perpetrated by the Partout Parish Sheriff's Department. Their investigation of my client has been nothing short of harassment. Two prior searches of Mr. Renard's home produced nothing that might tie him to the murder of Pamela Bichon."

"Are you suggesting the sheriff's department manipulated evidence?" a reporter called out.

"Mr. Renard has been the victim of a narrow and fanatical investigation led by Detective Nick Fourcade. Y'all are aware of Fourcade's record with the New Orleans Police Department, of the reputation he brought with him to this parish. Detective Fourcade allegedly found that ring in my client's home. Draw your own conclusions."

As she elbowed past a television cameraman, Annie could see Fourcade turning around, half a dozen steps down from Kudrow. The cameras focused on him hastily. His expression was a stone mask, his eyes hidden by a pair of mirrored sunglasses. A cigarette smoldered between his lips. His temper was a thing of legend. Rumors abounded throughout the department that he was not quite sane.

He said nothing in answer to Kudrow's insinuation, and yet the air between them seemed to thicken. Anticipation held the crowd's breath. Fourcade pulled the cigarette from his mouth and flung it down, exhaling smoke through his nostrils. Annie took a half step toward Kudrow, her fingers curling around the grip of her baton. In the next heartbeat Fourcade was bounding up the steps straight at Renard, shouting, "NO!"

"He'll kill him!" someone shrieked.

"Fourcade!" Hooker's voice boomed as the fat sergeant lunged after him, grabbing at and missing the back of his shirt.

"You killed her! You killed my baby girl!"

The anguished shouts tore from the throat of Hunter Davidson, Pamela Bichon's father, as he hurled himself down the steps at Renard, his eyes rolling, one arm swinging wildly, the other hand clutching a .45.

Fourcade knocked Renard aside with a beefy shoulder, grabbed Davidson's wrist, and shoved it skyward as the .45 barked out a shot and screams went up all around. Annie hit Davidson from the right side, her much smaller body colliding with his just as Fourcade threw his weight against the man from the left. Davidson's knees buckled and they all went down in a tangle of arms and legs, grunting and shouting, bouncing hard down the steps, Annie at the bottom of the heap. Her breath was pounded out of her as she hit the concrete steps with four hundred pounds of men on top of her.

"He killed her!" Hunter Davidson sobbed, his big body going limp. "He butchered my girl!"

Annie wriggled out from under him and sat up, grimacing. All she could think was that no physical pain could compare with what this man must have been enduring.

Swiping back the strands of dark hair that had pulled loose from her ponytail, she gingerly brushed over the throbbing knot on the back of her head. Her fingertips came away sticky with blood.

"Take this," Fourcade ordered in a low voice, thrusting Davidson's gun at Annie butt-first. Frowning, he leaned down over Davidson and put a hand on the man's shoulder even as Prejean snapped the cuffs on him. "I'm sorry," he murmured. "I wish I coulda let you kill him."

Annie pushed to her feet and tried to straighten the bulletproof vest she wore beneath her shirt. Hunter Davidson was a good man. An honest, hardworking planter who had put his daughter through college and walked her down the aisle the day she married Donnie Bichon. Her murder had shattered him, and the subsequent lack of justice had driven him to this desperate edge. And tonight Hunter Davidson would be the man sitting in jail while Marcus Renard slept in his own bed.

"Broussard!" Hooker snapped irritably, suddenly looming over her, porcine and ugly. "Gimme that gun. Don't just stand there gawking. Get down to that cruiser and open the goddamn doors."

"Yes, sir." Not quite steady on her feet, she started around the back side of the crowd.

With the danger past, the press was in full cry again, more frenzied than before. Renard's entourage had been hustled off the steps. The focus was on Davidson now. Cameramen jostled one another for shots of the despondent father. Microphones were thrust at Smith Pritchett.

"Will you file charges, Mr. Pritchett?"

"Will charges be filed, Mr. Pritchett?"

"Mr. Pritchett, what kind of charges will you file?"

Pritchett glared at them. "That remains to be seen. Please back away and let the officers do their job."

"Davidson couldn't get justice in court, so he sought to take it himself. Do you feel responsible, Mr. Pritchett?"

"We did the best we could with the evidence we had."

"Tainted evidence?"

"I didn't gather it," he snapped, starting back up the steps toward the courthouse, his face as pink as a new sunburn.

Limping, Annie descended the last of the steps and opened the back door of the blue and white cruiser sitting at the curb. Fourcade escorted the sobbing Davidson to the car, with Savoy and Hooker just behind them, and Mullen and Prejean flanking them. The crowd rushed along behind them and beside them like guests at a wedding seeing off the happy couple.

"You gonna book him in, Fourcade?" Hooker asked as Davidson disappeared into the back seat.

"The hell," Fourcade growled, slamming the door. "He didn't commit the worst crime here today. Not even if he'd'a killed the son of a bitch. Book him yourself."

The belligerence brought a rise of color to Hooker's face, but he said nothing as Fourcade crossed the street to a battered black Ford 4X4, climbed in, and drove off in the opposite direction of the parish jail.

The sheriff would chew his ass later, Annie thought as she headed for her own radio car. But then a breach in procedure was the least of Fourcade's worries, and, if anything Richard Kudrow had said was true, the least of his sins.

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First Chapter

Her body lay on the floor. Her slender arms outflung, palms up. Death. Cold and brutal, strangely intimate.

The people rose in unison as the judge emerged from his chambers. The Honorable Franklin Monahan. The figurehead of justice. The decision would be his.

Black pools of blood in the silver moonlight. Her life drained from her to puddle on the hard cypress floor.

Richard Kudrow, the defense attorney. Thin, gray, and stoop-shouldered, as if the fervor for justice had burned away all excess within him and had begun to consume muscle mass. Sharp eyes and the strength of his voice belied the image of frailty.

Her naked body inscribed with the point of a knife. A work of violent art.

Smith Pritchett, the district attorney. Sturdy and aristocratic. The gold of his cuff links catching the light as he raised his hands in supplication.

Cries for mercy smothered by the cold shadow of death.

Chaos and outrage rolled through the crowd in a wave of sound as Monahan pronounced his ruling. The small amethyst ring had not been listed on the search warrant of the defendant's home and was, therefore, beyond the scope of the warrant and not legally subject to seizure.

Pamela Bichon, thirty-seven, separated, mother of a nine-year-old girl. Brutally murdered. Eviscerated. Her naked body found in a vacant house on Pony Bayou, spikes driven through the palms of her hands into the wood floor; her sightless eyes staring up at nothing through the slits of a feather Mardi Gras mask.

Case dismissed.

The crowd spilled from the Partout Parish Courthouse, past the thick Doric columns and down thebroad steps, a buzzing swarm of humanity centering on the key figures of the drama that had played out in Judge Monahan's courtroom.

Smith Pritchett focused his narrow gaze on the navy blue Lincoln that awaited him at the curb and snapped off a staccato line of "no comments" to the frenzied press. Richard Kudrow, however, stopped his descent dead center on the steps.

Trouble was the word that came immediately to Annie Broussard as the press began to circle the defense attorney and his client. Like every other deputy in the sheriff's office, she had hoped against hope that Kudrow would fail in his attempt to get the ring thrown out as evidence. They had all hoped Smith Pritchett would be the one crowing on the courthouse steps.

Sergeant Hooker's voice crackled over the portable radio. "Savoy, Mullen, Prejean, Broussard, move in front of those goddamn reporters. Establish some distance between the crowd and Kudrow and Renard before this turns into a goddamn cluster fuck."

Annie edged her way between bodies, her hand resting on the butt of her baton, her eyes on Marcus Renard as Kudrow began to speak. He stood beside his attorney, looking uncomfortable with the attention being focused on him. He wasn't a man to draw notice. Quiet, unassuming, an architect in the firm of Bowen & Briggs. Not ugly, not handsome. Thinning brown hair neatly combed and hazel eyes that seemed a little too big for their sockets. He stood with his shoulders stooped and his chest sunken, a younger shadow of his attorney. His mother stood on the step above him, a thin woman with a startled expression and a mouth as tight and straight as a hyphen.

"Some people will call this ruling a travesty of justice," Kudrow said loudly. "The only travesty of justice here has been perpetrated by the Partout Parish Sheriff's Department. Their investigation of my client has been nothing short of harassment. Two prior searches of Mr. Renard's home produced nothing that might tie him to the murder of Pamela Bichon."

"Are you suggesting the sheriff's department manipulated evidence?" a reporter called out.

"Mr. Renard has been the victim of a narrow and fanatical investigation led by Detective Nick Fourcade. Y'all are aware of Fourcade's record with the New Orleans Police Department, of the reputation he brought with him to this parish. Detective Fourcade allegedly found that ring in my client's home. Draw your own conclusions."

As she elbowed past a television cameraman, Annie could see Fourcade turning around, half a dozen steps down from Kudrow. The cameras focused on him hastily. His expression was a stone mask, his eyes hidden by a pair of mirrored sunglasses. A cigarette smoldered between his lips. His temper was a thing of legend. Rumors abounded throughout the department that he was not quite sane.

He said nothing in answer to Kudrow's insinuation, and yet the air between them seemed to thicken. Anticipation held the crowd's breath. Fourcade pulled the cigarette from his mouth and flung it down, exhaling smoke through his nostrils. Annie took a half step toward Kudrow, her fingers curling around the grip of her baton. In the next heartbeat Fourcade was bounding up the steps straight at Renard, shouting, "NO!"

"He'll kill him!" someone shrieked.

"Fourcade!" Hooker's voice boomed as the fat sergeant lunged after him, grabbing at and missing the back of his shirt.

"You killed her! You killed my baby girl!"

The anguished shouts tore from the throat of Hunter Davidson, Pamela Bichon's father, as he hurled himself down the steps at Renard, his eyes rolling, one arm swinging wildly, the other hand clutching a .45.

Fourcade knocked Renard aside with a beefy shoulder, grabbed Davidson's wrist, and shoved it skyward as the .45 barked out a shot and screams went up all around. Annie hit Davidson from the right side, her much smaller body colliding with his just as Fourcade threw his weight against the man from the left. Davidson's knees buckled and they all went down in a tangle of arms and legs, grunting and shouting, bouncing hard down the steps, Annie at the bottom of the heap. Her breath was pounded out of her as she hit the concrete steps with four hundred pounds of men on top of her.

"He killed her!" Hunter Davidson sobbed, his big body going limp. "He butchered my girl!"

Annie wriggled out from under him and sat up, grimacing. All she could think was that no physical pain could compare with what this man must have been enduring.

Swiping back the strands of dark hair that had pulled loose from her ponytail, she gingerly brushed over the throbbing knot on the back of her head. Her fingertips came away sticky with blood.

"Take this," Fourcade ordered in a low voice, thrusting Davidson's gun at Annie butt-first. Frowning, he leaned down over Davidson and put a hand on the man's shoulder even as Prejean snapped the cuffs on him. "I'm sorry," he murmured. "I wish I coulda let you kill him."

Annie pushed to her feet and tried to straighten the bulletproof vest she wore beneath her shirt. Hunter Davidson was a good man. An honest, hardworking planter who had put his daughter through college and walked her down the aisle the day she married Donnie Bichon. Her murder had shattered him, and the subsequent lack of justice had driven him to this desperate edge. And tonight Hunter Davidson would be the man sitting in jail while Marcus Renard slept in his own bed.

"Broussard!" Hooker snapped irritably, suddenly looming over her, porcine and ugly. "Gimme that gun. Don't just stand there gawking. Get down to that cruiser and open the goddamn doors."

"Yes, sir." Not quite steady on her feet, she started around the back side of the crowd.

With the danger past, the press was in full cry again, more frenzied than before. Renard's entourage had been hustled off the steps. The focus was on Davidson now. Cameramen jostled one another for shots of the despondent father. Microphones were thrust at Smith Pritchett.

"Will you file charges, Mr. Pritchett?"

"Will charges be filed, Mr. Pritchett?"

"Mr. Pritchett, what kind of charges will you file?"

Pritchett glared at them. "That remains to be seen. Please back away and let the officers do their job."

"Davidson couldn't get justice in court, so he sought to take it himself. Do you feel responsible, Mr. Pritchett?"

"We did the best we could with the evidence we had."

"Tainted evidence?"

"I didn't gather it," he snapped, starting back up the steps toward the courthouse, his face as pink as a new sunburn.

Limping, Annie descended the last of the steps and opened the back door of the blue and white cruiser sitting at the curb. Fourcade escorted the sobbing Davidson to the car, with Savoy and Hooker just behind them, and Mullen and Prejean flanking them. The crowd rushed along behind them and beside them like guests at a wedding seeing off the happy couple.

"You gonna book him in, Fourcade?" Hooker asked as Davidson disappeared into the back seat.

"The hell," Fourcade growled, slamming the door. "He didn't commit the worst crime here today. Not even if he'd'a killed the son of a bitch. Book him yourself."

The belligerence brought a rise of color to Hooker's face, but he said nothing as Fourcade crossed the street to a battered black Ford 4X4, climbed in, and drove off in the opposite direction of the parish jail.

The sheriff would chew his ass later, Annie thought as she headed for her own radio car. But then a breach in procedure was the least of Fourcade's worries, and, if anything Richard Kudrow had said was true, the least of his sins.
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Interviews & Essays

Before the live bn.com chat, Charles Platt agreed to answer some of our questions:

Q:  What is your favorite line to quote from a film?

A:  In the generally awful movie "Dumb and Dumber," a moronic loser (played by Jim Carrey) asks a beautiful woman to be honest and tell him what his chances are with her. "Not good," she says, trying to let him down gently. "You mean, one in a thousand?" Carrey asks. "More like one in a million," she admits. There is a long pause. Carrey breaks into a slow, delirious smile. "Great!" he exclaims. "You mean, I have a chance!"

This perfectly captures the unfortunate human trait (which I have seen so often, in myself, in friends, and especially in hopeful amateur writers trying to break into print) of insisting on seeing hope when in reality there is none.

Q:  What, in your mind, is the most useful household gadget/tool/appliance ever invented?

A:  Probably the light bulb. The flushing toilet is a close runner-up, but really you need a light bulb in order to get full use out of it.

Q:  What, to you, is the most important day of the year?

A:  I have never held a full-time job and have always been self-employed. Therefore, all days are the same to me. I dislike all national holidays, because they are inconvenient. Other than that I don't really care.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

    Terrifying and Thrilling!

    This was the first Tami Hoag novel I ever read and it was exhilarating! I love Broussard and Fourcade, especially together! This book was a suspenseful journey through the streets of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana. I absolutely could not believe the ending! I highly recommend this book; and most of Hoag's other books. I especially liked her other novels from around that same time frame; I didn't care for her early romance novels and her most recent books are good but not great. You may also enjoy: Tess Gerritsen, Ruth Rendell, Barbara Vine, Lee Child, Linda Howard (especially Open Season) , Sandra Brown (especially Envy), Philip Margolin and Patricia Cornwell.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    I love this book. This is the first book of hers that I read an

    I love this book. This is the first book of hers that I read and find myself still recommending it to others. Just when I think I know who has done it, I'm wrong. She continues to be one of my favorite authors.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    My favorite book. Tami Hoag does it again. She never fails to go

    My favorite book. Tami Hoag does it again. She never fails to go into detail in her books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Wow! This one really caught me off guard. It was worth the read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Map of territory

    Maincamp: result one. Warriors den: result two. Apprentice den:result three. Nursery:result four. Elders den: result five. Med den: result six. Leaders den: result seven. Map of territory: result eight. Huntinggrounds: 9-12. Forest 13- 27 ( you can also hunt here). Border: 28-30.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    emily

    Ok.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Newer books are better

    I started reading her books from the newest going back and I am so hooked! I feel the newer ones are better but the twists and turns as well as the incredible ability to put the reader into the story continue throughout! Hoag is my favorite right now, I can't get enough of these stories!

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    I read this book a very long time ago. But it's one of my favorites. What I do remember was that this book is very thrilling mysterious adventure. About detectives getting together and finding out the killer. What makes this my favorite is because of the characters displayed in this book. Their personalities are very strong. I also love the setting of the book, and the way Tami Hoag describes it makes me feel like I'm there as well. Overall, this book is amazing and it has a surprise ending. I recommend this book for people who simply love mysteries and thrillers.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

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    Another great read from Tami Hoag

    This book is the loose sequel to "Cry Wolf", although not so much that you would be lost without reading "Cry Wolf". A woman is brutally murdered in Lousiana and the critical evidence is thrown out, leaving the main suspect free, but hated. Lead detective Nick, suspected of planting evidence, has trouble with his temper and nearly kills the suspect. Enter Annie, a police officer who stops the beating, thus ostracizing herself from the other male police. She does team up with Nick to solve the crime (and of course, fall in love). I was sure I knew the guilty parties throughout the book only to discover a completely surprise ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    AMAZING!!!!

    This book was great. I read it in about two days. It was so intense that i was dreaming about it. I would absolutely read it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    This book rocks!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is awesome! I got it for an English project my junior year in high school and I simply fell in love with the book. I couldn't put it down! I recomend it to any and everyone! Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2007

    a good read

    I read this one right after I read Cry Wolf because I liked the Louisiana setting. Good thing I did, because they referred to some of the Cry Wolf characters here. But this was a great story. I didn't like Annie at first, but grew to like her as the book went on. I especially liked the relationship that formed between her and Nick. Loved Nick, he was a great character. I liked the way it all came together in the surprise ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2007

    Awful

    I was excited to read this book, but it was disappointing. The writing in this is just awful! I haven't read any other material from Tami Hoag, and this writing was just poor and amateur to me. I gave it two stars for two reasons. I thought the plot was indeed a good idea, and who the murderer ended up being was actually a surprise. I could write more on that, but I would run the risk of giving too much away. I just couldn't get over the writing style and the constant dull sections of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2006

    Totally Engrossed

    This was the first book I read by Tami Hoag and I absolutely loved it. The characters were so well developed but they weren't perfect. It really made you think about your ideals about justice and injustice, how far you would go to catch a killer. The tension and suspense were constant but they weren't over done. I have to say the ending was the best. I suggest anyone who likes a good mystery/suspense novel to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2006

    Page turner

    I thought this book was really a good book. It was the first books Iv read of this particular author. I loved it. Nick and Annies attraction to each other kept me reading the most. Then ending was a shock and made the ending even better. At some parts of the book it can be dragged out a lot but this is now one of may favorite books and Im glad I bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2005

    Slow start ... Excellent Finish!!

    It took 2-3 chapters to become engrossed in this book but it turned out to be a great read! Some may find the number of characters a little excessive, but they all made the book that much more interesting. The main characters, Annie & Nick, made it hard to stop reading. You will not be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2005

    A great read!

    one look at the cover i thought it would suck, but i bought it anyway because i was going on a 6 hour drive to my cousin's graduation and i wanted to waste my time reading and within 20 pages i was hooked. i love the way Annie is descibed as an everyday person with flaws. i also like the way nick and annie got together in the end because nick didn't seem like the kind of person who would want to give whatever he and annie has a shot. im rambling, so i'll shut up and finish this review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2005

    A great book for the garbage can

    There were many reasons I disliked this novel, here are but a few: The author seemed intent on keeping as many characters as possible open to being the murderer until the very end, no matter how implausible the plot became. The author spent at least 200 pages having the main character re-hash all the arguements for and against each person she suspected... over and over and over until I found myself sitting in warm tub of water with a sharp object pressed against my.... The author has her main character do some of the dumbest stuff immaginabe, including climbing into the sack with one of the suspects. The author doesn't limit, in any way, stupidity to her main character. Having had the good fortune to live in The South for many years, I count a lot of friends in a lot of parishes in the great state the characters call home, and none of my friends could hold a candle to the stupidity displayed by any of her characters. Rather than developing characters well, the author tries to insert Cajun dialect to spice things up! Going as far as inserting a glossary in the back of the book... it's painful. So, there are some of the reasons i though this book was awful. I doubt Ms. Hoag will care, she already has my money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2004

    my best first book

    this was my first book of tami hoag and it got me into read all her other books. i have read every one of them. she has a way of tricking someone into thinking that one person is the killer and it really is another person. she is awesome and long live tami hoag!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    15 Year old closet book worm

    I've read a lot of books since i was in the 8th grade and this book is one the best books i've read so far. i just finished it yesterday and the way Annie and Nick were discribed, not to mention the tension between them, was so real that it made the book a lot more interesting. That and the way Tami described Nick Fourcade! Keep up the good work Tami!

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