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Friday, June 7, 2013

THE 1ST VICTIM


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The 1st Victim by Tami Hoag is published by Penguin Group. This is a short story/novella that is the prelude to The Ninth Girl scheduled for release sometime this summer. Sam Kovac and his partner Nikki Liska get a call about a body found on the side of the road on New Years Day. Jane Doe has apparently never been reported missing. Meanwhile a mother in another state is frantic that she hasn't heard from her daughter. While she gets the run around from the cops, Jeannie Reiser knows deep down that something has happened to her daughter. Set in the frigid atmosphere of winter in Minneapolis, the detectives find two odd details. One is the killer seems to strike around a holiday and that he seems to be killing in more than one state. This novella sets the stage for what appears to be a long, gut wrenching investigation. The killer is depraved and clever. I love the novels of Tami Hoag. This one is a little bit on the dark side. I'm looking forward to the upcoming full length novel featuring Kovan and Liska. Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the digital ARC of this book. Over all an A

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