Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag

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New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag returns with a thriller that begins with a shocking crime scene you’ll never forget and follows two relentless detectives on a manhunt that ends in a chilling confrontation with the essence of human evil.

It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl’s prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry—and puts the judge in grave danger.

When an unknown assailant attacks Judge Moore in a parking garage, two of Minneapolis’s top cops are called upon to solve the crime and keep the judge from further harm. Detective Sam Kovac is as hard-boiled as they come, and his wisecracking partner, Nikki Liska, isn’t far behind. Neither one wants to be on this case, but when Karl Dahl escapes from custody, everything changes, and a seemingly straightforward case cartwheels out of control.

The stakes go even higher when the judge is kidnapped—snatched out of her own bed even as the police sit outside, watching her house. Now Kovac and Liska must navigate through a maze of suspects that includes the stepson of a murder victim, a husband with a secret life, and a rogue cop looking for revenge where the justice system failed.

With no time to spare, the detectives are pulled down a strange dark trail of smoke and mirrors, where no one is who they seem and everyone is guilty of Prior Bad Acts.

About Tami Hoag

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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.
Published March 21, 2006 by Bantam. 560 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Kovac's investigation indicates that Moore's husband could possibly be the instigator of the attack, Kovac throws caution to the wind and becomes a force of nature, stopping at nothing to uncover the truth behind the attack, as two figures --- one vengeful, one obsessed --- circle Moore for ...

Jan 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Prior Bad Acts

Entertainment Weekly

Shortly after delivering an unpopular ruling in a triple murder case, Judge Carey Moore is brutally attacked.

Mar 29 2006 | Read Full Review of Prior Bad Acts

Reviewing the Evidence

Minneapolis judge Carey Moore's recent decision has caused an uproar in the city.

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Gather Books

I really enjoyed Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag.

Nov 26 2006 | Read Full Review of Prior Bad Acts

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