After the savage Haas family murders, nobody in Minneapolis expected to get full closure; but they did hope that convicting killer Karl Dahl would be a good start. But everything goes wrong: First, a controversial ruling by a precedent-conscious judge sets the entire community in an uproar. And then, somehow, against all possibility, the monster killer himself escapes from custody. Surprises; suspense; a truly breakneck pace.
A simple court hearing explodes into a multifaceted case at the start of this stunning meld of thriller and police procedural from bestseller Hoag. Shortly after Minneapolis judge Carey Moore decides that the many "prior bad acts" of accused serial killer Karl Dahl can't be used in his trial, Dahl escapes from jail and someone attacks Moore. Homicide cops Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, introduced in Ashes to Ashes (1999), are assigned to protect the judge, whom the police hate for her liberal views. Moore's disintegrating marriage and her husband's shady business dealings lead the investigation in new directions, while more murders exacerbate the hunt for Dahl. Hoag, who began her career as a romance writer, has experimented with several mystery subgenres. Here she stands above the competition, creating complex characters who evolve more than those in most thrillers. The breathtaking plot twists are perfectly paced in this compulsive page-turner, which ends on a romantic note. (On sale Mar. 28) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Dust to Dust homicide detective Sam Kovac and partner Nikki Liska are stuck with protecting an unpopular judge-and then she is kidnapped. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Hoag's cliffhanger scene endings and jump cuts leave the reader panting and turning the pages as fast as possible."—Boston Globe
"Chilling thriller with a romantic chaser."—New York Daily News
"The breathtaking plot twists are perfectly paced.... [A] stunning meld of thrilller and police procedural."—Publishers Weekly, starred review