Monday, April 26, 2010

Review: Dust to Dust by Tami Hoag

Minneapolis has more than its share of interesting cops (Lucas Davenport of the John Sandford thrillers, for one), and Tami Hoag's homicide dicks, Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, join the club in this thoughtful and surprisingly moving novel of dirty cops and cover-ups. Internal Affairs investigator Andy Fallon is a suicide--or is he? The word around the department is that Andy, son of Iron Mike Fallon, an old hero of Sam's, killed himself because Mike turned his back on him when Andy told him he was gay. Or maybe it was because a lover dumped him, or even (snicker, snicker) a perverted sexual practice gone wrong. That's the gossip, but Sam feels he owes it to Mike to investigate.


Dust to Dust is the second novel that I've read by Tami Hoag. The first one is Ashes to Ashes featuring Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska. In Dust to Dust, the two detectives returns on the crime scene as they try to solve a complicated murder case that happened on their very own turf. They think that the murder victim, Andy Fallon, was killed by a fellow cop. Now that is saying much...The two detectives are having a hard time probing around for clues to the murder, they are treading on dangerous waters and barking up on the wrong tree... Somebody is trying to keep the lid shut on the case. They can portend that the investigation will not be a walk in the park. Throughout the story, the two detectives are engaged to their personal and professional lives. Nikki, divorced from her husband, is trying to juggle a dangerous career and motherhood. While Sam Kovac is dwelling on his mistakes and loneliness. Tami Hoag blends these emotions and situations to her characters until readers will keep on turning the pages of her book. 
To wrap it all up, Dust to Dust is a well-crafted thriller, a psychological hailstorm full of intrigue and suspense. I'm patiently waiting on the next Kovak/Liska installment entitled "Prior Bad Acts". A thrill-a-minute-ride of a book! Go grab a copy! Cheerz!

My Rating: 4 ½ stars

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