Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review: Dust to Dust by Tami Hoag (audio)

Title: Dust to Dust  
Author: Tami Hoag   
Series: Kovak & Liska, #2    
Narrator: David Colacci  
Published: December 2014, Brilliance Audio (re-release)   
Length: 14 hours 30 minutes  
Source: Personal copy via Audible 

Sorry. 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. The cloud of suspicion falls not only on the city's elite, but over the very heart of the police department. Someone wants the case closed - quickly and forever. But even with their careers and their lives on the line, neither Kovac nor Liska will give up. As they unearth a connection between a two-month-old murder case and one that has been closed for twenty years, they find themselves chasing a killer who will stop at nothing to keep a dark and shattering secret.

My thoughts: This is the 2nd book in Tami Hoag's Kovac and Liska series. I'm really glad that I decided to go back and read (listen to) to these earlier books - they are really good and have given me a taste of Tami Hoag's earlier works. Now I am keen to read everything I can of hers!

So, after the first book of this series, where I felt like Kovac and Liska were more like supporting characters, this book has them front and center. We learn more about them, getting a better feel for the type of detectives they are. And I love the banter that goes on between them. 

From the moment this book starts, I found myself pulled in. The suspense starts almost from the beginning and doesn't let up. Is this a case of suicide, an accident or a murder? As Kovac and Liska start investigating, they realize this case, the victim being a young cop, might have ties to another case from twenty years ago. As they dig deeper, they realize much more is at stake than just finding out what happened. And someone is willing to go to great lengths to keep them from finding out the truth. 

There are many layers to this story and I found myself thinking I had it figured out a few times, only to be proven wrong over and over again. I did make a few of the connections, but was still surprised at the end when everything came out. That's what I love about reading a good thriller - I like to be surprised!

Audio Thoughts: David Colacci once again did a great job with the narration of this book, the second in this series that I've heard him narrate. I really like the voices he does and have found that he is pretty consistent from book to book. I am holding out hope that Brilliance Audio is re-releasing the audio of the next book in this series, Prior Bad Acts and that David Colacci narrates it!

Books in this series:
       1.   Ashes to Ashes
       2.   Dust to Dust
       3.   Prior Bad Acts
       3.5   The 1st Victim
       4.   The 9th Girl



  1. I totally read these out of order because I have read 3.5/4 but haven't read the first two yet LOL

    1. That's what I did...I didn't even know about the earlier ones when I read The 1st Victim and The 9th Girl. There's a 7 year gap between Prior Bad Acts & The 1st Victim!

  2. Kristin, this does sound very suspenseful, which is important in a thriller!

  3. I really need to spend some time with Hoag's books. I started listening to one awhile ago but even though I really enjoyed it I didn't finish it. I really should fix it since I remember just about everything that was going on which says alot about the author!

  4. Audiobooks with great narrators are the best! I'm always looking for a good mystery/thriller but hadn't heard of Tami Hoag before. Off to check goodreads...


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