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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 onNew 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....

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prior bad acts Reviews

  • karen
    2018-10-05 15:34

    do you know how long it takes to listen to audio books?? this one is eleven hours and thirty-nine minutes! and i am not one of you cyborg kids who have all manner of machines strapped to you and dangling off of your tool belts like a williamsburg batman. i can only listen to this in my house, doing the dishes or cooking etc. but - jesus - eleven hours!! of this guy's voice!! as he raises the pitch to make lady-voices or baby-talks through a five-year-old character or slaps this comical minnesotan accent on for one cop, or gets gruff, or creepy, or MAKES THUNDER NOISES as the characters require. it's like listening to a grown man play with dolls (and i have used that expression privately, to one of you goodreaders, and if you are reading this review, the association is intentional) this is only my second audio book*. i have dfw reading "brief interviews", which is wonderful because it is his voice, and he knows how to read his own stuff, but i have great difficulty paying attention to the aural. in class, i pretty much write down everything teacher says because otherwise i will drift off and not remember anything but when i read my notes, i can remember it. hearing shit? i tune out, i daydream, it is not ideal for me.(i actually watch all my netflix with the subtitles on, because i find it helps me remember what happened) i had to start several chapters over because i had been having little dreamthoughts in my head that were entirely separate from the cd. audio must be great for you commuters who have to pay attention to the road and all. because i am chauffeured daily by the mta, i can read guaranteed a couple of hours a day, and not have to resort to this medium which limits my involvement by telling me where the inflections are. maybe as a reaction to the imaginative limitations, i misheard several lines and conjured up mental pictures different than intended:"he let his gaze wander around the room""i've got a unit on the house""you're a target""bucking wildly""see kyle""she could feel his gaze on her""headlights washed over them"it is important to enunciate.as for the book itself -what can i say? it is a perfectly serviceable thriller; it's got a dead lady with flowers stuffed in a slit down her chest, some red herrings, an oddly schoolmarmish attitude towards pornography, and a bunch of dead bodies. it would have taken me far less time to read it than it did to listen to it, but the syllabus wants what the syllabus wants. sieg heil, indeed.* except, of course, for this: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49...

  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    2018-10-10 17:58

    Making my way through the Kovac and Liska series. I like the series and I like the characters of Kovac and Liska and their immediate team. I really enjoyed this suspense murder - maybe one of my favorites in the series.When a judge makes an unpopular decision on the admission of prior bad acts, she is attacked and her life is endangered. A little digging into who may have attacked her leads to multiple options. Some people don't look as innocent as they should. I think I would have liked it more if I could have seen more of the judge's husband's downfall in the epilogue. His character was definitely easy to dislike.

  • Janie Johnson
    2018-09-19 17:02

    So far out of the Kovak and Liska series, this has been my favorite. Tami Hoag is fast becoming one of my favorite authors for this year. Her skills with writing mystery are phenomenal along with her characters. She makes them so realistic and believable. There were so many great elements included in this book. Those that I always look for in a good suspense/mystery. I found it hard to put it down. It was such a fluid read and easy to follow even with multiple mysteries running simultaneously. Another element I enjoy in mystery.The main plot to the story is very gruesome and terrifying, because we know there are killers in our world today that are this vile. We have the Haas family. And on a frightful, stormy night a detective, Stan Dempsey, finds the body of the mother and 2 children brutally tortured then killed. He can only imagine the terror that that these three had endured, and was scarred for life. They have a suspect Karl Dahl who they know had to be the victims tormentor, so the case pursues forward. The Judge can't allow this to go to trial based on 'prior bad acts' of the suspect. She can only rule that a jury decides the outcome of this case. Now making herself a target in this twisted, demented affair, the judge Carey Moore has her life threatened. Sam Kovak, and Nikki Liska are called to the forefront to crack the case and help bring a madman to justice.The more I read Hoag's books the more I love Sam Kovak. He is one of those detectives that has had a pretty screwed up existence but he refuses to succumb to it. He keeps moving forward. He uses his anger to bring in the bad guys. He is gallant, yet he is rough and touch as well. The bad guys, they don't get away without a little bit of Kovak in their faces.Nikki Liska, Kovak's main sidekick, often referred to Tinks, is another great detective. I love her loyalty to their friendship and partnership. She is one tough cookie who has also led a somewhat rough existence. But she makes the best of it and her kiddos are her life. She relies on Kovak and he does the same. These two keep each other sane for the most post and they help control each other from going over the edge. I love the way that Hoag has them work together, always making wisecracks to one another, that only the two of them can understand. They are almost perfect for each other, and they have to be two of my favorite detectives.There are several 'villains' in this story and Hoag wrote them well. She allows her readers to get inside there heads where they can become a part of the insanity that is whirling around there. The book as a whole is quite disturbing especially when details about these people come to the forefront. Some nice twists as well surrounding these bad guys!I recommend this series to anyone who loves a disturbing twisted mystery. My head was spinning trying to figure out whodunit. And as always, just when I thought I knew, I realized I did not because the author would take it in another direction. Truly a great novel of Suspense!

  • Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
    2018-09-23 13:34

    Rating: 4.5This book was not perfect, but I think this was Hoag's best book that I've read so far. I enjoyed it enough to keep it. I even liked the endgame romance at the end. (view spoiler)[Kovac and the judge getting together, was really cute, and I ship it. (hide spoiler)]I spent most of the book wondering who was the Big Baddie™, and it was a lot more complicated than just one. I was actually surprised one of them was not as involved as I thought. (view spoiler)[I thought the judge's husband was more guilty than he was. (hide spoiler)]This book had a lot more depth and layers than I was expecting. Hurrah.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Camille
    2018-09-24 18:37

    This series just keeps getting better and better!!! Loved it.

  • LJ
    2018-10-16 19:35

    PRIOR BAD ACTS (Police Proc-Minneapolis, MN-Cont) – VGHoag, Tami – 3rd in seriesBantam, 2006- Amer Hardcover*** When Judge Carey Moore refuses to allow the prior bad acts of Karl Dahl, accused of committing the brutal murder of a mother and two young children, she is vilified by the police and newspapers as being soft on killers. But someone is even more angry and severely beats her and later threatens her. Detective Sam Kovac is assigned to the case along with his partner Nikki Liska. They, too, think the judge’s ruling was wrong but the more they investigate the attack, the more layers to both Carey’s beating and the original murder.*** Ms. Hoag really knows how to create great characters. They are fully dimensional, interesting and realistic. She also knows how to write effective, real sounding dialogue. She effectively balances suspense, human tragedy on all levels and humor. The plot was a bit obvious, although it did have some complexity and good twists, as was the building relationship, but it was a good enough read not to mind. This, as are all Ms. Hoag’s books, was solid, enjoyable, page-turning reading.

  • Kara Hansen
    2018-10-13 12:38

    This was a great book! The third installment of the Kovac/Liska series, this has been the best one so far. A gripping storyline, the continued friendship/work partners of Kovac and Liska, and a few new characters to add to the mix. I'm looking forward the next one in the series. A fine thriller and I definitely recommend this series.

  • Michelle Randall
    2018-10-15 17:36

    I picked up this book at a library sale. Now when I added it to do my review, I find out that it is the third in a series, and I hate to read books out of order, but I think I can manage this one.I have read a few Tami Hoag books before and I have always enjoyed the way she writes and how she spins a story.This was amazing, it was a well written story with lots of twists and turns that kept you guessing the whole time. The murders were intense and might be hard to handle for some, but the details and well written and give you just enough information to understand the crime without being overly gory or too intense.The emotions of the people in the story are so easy to relate to you, and you find yourself understanding and feeling for all the people in the story, not just the good guys. Even the emotions or lack of emotions in the bad guys are understandable.This is a hard book to review in that you don't want to tell to much about the story for fear of giving awsay too many things and spoiling the book for the next person, but at the same time you want to get enough information to spur someone into reading it.The story follows two main detectives and other minor detectives as they try to make a case in the brutal murder or a woman and her two children. Everyone in the case, including the town, blames a drifter. The story opens with the judge in the case having to make a hard decision about the drifters past, weather it is admissable in court or not. The thing is the writer really dealves into the judges mind in making the decision, you understand her conflict and her reasoning for making the ruling, even though it makes her unpopular in a minute in town, she does what she feels she has to based on the laws.The story goes from there and tells what happens after the ruling, how it effects certain people in the case and the unhinging of minds.I would encourage anyone who loves a mystery to read this. It will keep you guessing and make you respect and understand the work of the police, the lawyers and the judges more too.

  • Angela
    2018-09-22 12:41

    Last time I read a Tami Hoag novel, I remember feeling a bit flat; the book in question, Kill the Messenger, hadn't done much for me. Now, though, I've finally gotten around to reading her paperback from last year--Prior Bad Acts--and I'm pleased to report that Ms. Hoag definitely still has it in her.This book goes back to revisit a couple of characters she's written about before: Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, the cops previously appearing in Dust to Dust. I've seen the formula of a pair of mixed-gender cops who aren't romantically involved in a few different places at this point, so it's not as rare to me as it used to be. However, it's still unusual enough that it's quite a pleasure to read about. It helps too that Kovac and Liska are very strong characters in general, with a genuine camaraderie that doesn't need to be muddied by sex.Which is not to say that Prior Bad Acts doesn't have a romantic undercurrent in it; it does, albeit one very much tempered and sobered by the horrific events of the main plot, as Kovac finds himself drawn to Judge Carey Moore. Moore has issued a ruling that's put her under fire from all directions, pronouncing that the prior bad acts of a convicted killer are not admissible in court for a newer crime--and now, Moore's become the victim of a brutal assault. I definitely appreciated the few gentle notes of attraction between Kovac and Moore, which stood out in sweet contrast to the horrors past and present they're having to fight.And make no mistake, the main plot is as gripping as anything Hoag's ever penned. The murders of a mother and two young children, the event that triggers this entire story, resonate out to destroy several lives. Along the way, although it's telegraphed enough that I knew what was finally coming, the discovery of the true perpetrator is chilling indeed. Good gripping read all around. Four stars.

  • Marleen
    2018-10-05 12:46

    Five years ago I read this book for the first time, and since I was in a Kovac & Liska mood, a team of detectives I really like, I decided to re-read Prior Bad Acts. Well, it didn’t impress as much this time around, which in itself is a normal phenomenon re-reading an action-packed thriller. I’ve come to the conclusion that what I mostly dislike in murder mysteries these days is the abundance of violent acts, and the long pages of being inside a killer’s mind. I’m so NOT interested in being inside a psycho deranged mind. I like my mysteries to be full of solid police procedurals. I prefer being in the mind of the investigating protagonist (think Harry Bosch mysteries! They are the best!). Here, the author has more than one psycho running loose and it sometimes felt gratuitous, all that rage, all that violence. Of course you have to go through these pages not to miss a key element of the story’s progression.At the center of this story is Judge Carey Moore, who decides to rule Karl Dahl’s prior bad acts as inadmissible during his trial for brutally killing a woman and her two small foster children. The same day as the ruling Judge Moore is attacked in the parking garage and finds herself in the hospital. Sam Kovac and his partner Nikki Liska are called in to investigate the Judge’s attack, while at the same time, the detained Karl Dahl is able to escape from the country sheriffs. Admittedly for me, the most thrilling part of this book are the last 100 or so pages. All I really want is more of those two great detectives Kovac & Liska : they have such great personalities. The author did a fantastic job creating them. I hope that they both, respectively, find happiness outside their jobs too.

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2018-09-29 12:57

    PRIOR BAD ACTS, the 3rd book in the Sam Kovak & Nikki Liska series and opens with the horrific murder of a mother and her two foster children.Detective Sam Kovac, and his partner Nikki Liska are pulled into a case where nothing seems to be what you think. A cast of interesting and realistic characters that you engage with, in particular Kovak & Liska. I enjoy the connection between the two.A well written, fast paced plot that includes kidnapping, murder, torture, secrets, rogue cops, pornography and a lot of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. When the identity of the real villain was revealed – okay I had a vague idea…..but damn….if I was not totally surprised!!!!

  • John
    2018-10-12 12:02

    Tami Hoag is one of those authors who, every time I read one of her books, I wonder why I don't read her more often. And I'm still wondering that. Prior Bad Acts is probably, by a hair, my least favorite of the Hoag novels I've read, yet it's still pretty damn' fine. In particular, I liked the way that she turned the tables on my false preconceptions as to the point she was trying to make.All the evidence points toward Karl Dahl as the perpetrator of the horrific torture-murder of a mother and her two young foster children. To the widespread fury of the public and especially the Minneapolis PD, the judge hearing the case, Carey Moore, refuses (perfectly correctly) to permit the prosecution to admit as evidence the fact that Dahl has a history of prior bad acts -- voyeurism, exposure, etc. -- which would seem to make him fit the bill for the slaying. When Moore is viciously attacked in an underground parking lot, it seems clear this is connected to her decision in the court case; and when Dahl escapes from custody the whole city is terrified.Hoag's series cops, Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, are at the forefront of an investigation that has to be swift on its feet to keep up with events . . .For much of the book I was harrumphing because it seemed to me that Hoag -- like Kovac and Liska -- was maintaining that Moore should never have prohibited the prior bad acts from court consideration. My hats off to her, though: By the end of the book, we -- and the cops -- realize that the introduction of that evidence would almost certainly have led to a false conviction and allowed a particularly nasty multiple murderer to walk free. Moreover, another sadistically violent criminal involved in the plot has no prior bad acts on his record sheet at all.As I say, I really enjoyed the way that Hoag played with my preconceptions and the plot itself is meticulously executed. There's the occasional piece of childish behavior on the part of the cops that seems wholly out of character, and I do wish I liked Kovac and Liska a bit more (I don't dislike them; I just don't warm to them), but those are very minor considerations overall. So far as my own experience goes, the Novac and Liska books comprise one of the best police-procedural series around, and this is a good solid entry in it.

  • Gloria Bernal
    2018-10-10 15:33

    4.5 stars - Of all the Kovac/Liska series this has been my favorite. It has all the elements of a good mystery/suspense/thriller. The opening scene is gruesome, a triple homicide of a foster mother and 2 small children, who died horrible deaths. Not overly detailed in graphics, but you get it. The presumed killer had been seen at their house the day of the murders with a necklace belonging to the woman and has been taken into custody. The presiding Judge Carey Moore, a mother herself, rules that the prisoner's prior bad acts cannot be used in this trial. Her ruling causes outrage by cops, the press, the public. She is doing her job, and it almost costs her her life. Kovac becomes her shadow, and the twists and turns in the case causes the reader to guess at what and who is really after what here. Utterly chilling and mesmerizing, with a satisfying ending. Fans of this genre won't be disappointed.

  • Laurie Sachs
    2018-10-13 18:35

    I really enjoyed this book......Tami Hoag is fast becoming one of my favorite authors! The story moved along quickly, keeping the reader guessing until the end. If you like the crime genre, this is for you!

  • Maureen Casey
    2018-09-26 14:32

    I really liked this book, and it was a good ending for the Kovac/Liska series. As with the previous books, I like the multiple character narration, and it lends itself naturally to good suspense building as it cuts away from a suspenseful point in one character's storyline to the simultaneous (I assume) story of someone else in the book. There were a few loose threads that made me give this a 3-star rating: 1. Who was the very first character in the book that found the bodies? I would have liked to have him at least mentioned as a witness or something. I read pretty quickly so maybe I missed that somewhere. Also, wasn't the house pretty much destroyed in the tornado? It sounded pretty bad, but then the family is living there 15 months later...2. I know he's crazy and murderous, but why did Karl Dahl confess to those murders? I was expecting some sort of tie-in between the kid - Bobby Haas- and Karl that never came. Like that they were father/son or brothers or something since the kid was adopted. 3. I would have liked to see more of Karl Dahl as Karla Dahl- interacting with people. There was some -albeit dark- comic release in Karla roaming around town dressed as a middle aged woman while the entire city was hunting for him. All Karla did really was buy lunch and sit on a bench stalking the judge. 4. The Porn industry makes big big money- why was the judge's idiot husband paying for porn business expenses out of his home money. Makes no sense. That was laziness in the writing, it would have been more likely and interesting to find a ton of extra money rather than the hotel charges. 5. The detective gone awry, Stan Dempsey, was a kind of weird unbelievable character. The fact that this case set him over the edge was OK, but the fact that none of the other detectives knew anything about him is strange. He wasn't a uniformed officer- he was a detective who had to have been promoted on merit at some point in time, and would have had to work long stressful cases with all the other detectives. He simply couldn't have blended in to the wallpaper while working on murder cases, some variety of personality would have come through. So I didn't like his subplot. I wish he was written as more of a bad-ass Steven Seagal supercop that went off the deep end. I like the way that the author progressed Kovac's character- after the tragedy he saw in the last book, he developed in a very real and human way. Liska, too, through the series made for a really believable and likable character. You don't have to have read the previous two books in the series, as each book is a stand-alone story, but the progression and development of the characters is stitched through all three books. I would recommend to anyone who likes mystery/crime thrillers.

  • Susan (the other Susan)
    2018-10-15 11:45

    Sexy as hell. Just before Tami Hoag left romantic suspense behind and started writing mainstream thrillers, I read Prior Bad Acts and thought YES, FIST PUMP, MORE LIKE THIS PLEASE! The romance isn't precisely the centerpiece of the story, but it's easily the most memorable aspect of the book. Heroine is a judge who has let a killer go on a technicality, because unfortunately that's her job. Hero is one of several cops who hate her for it. When the sexy (and married) judge is attacked, and the sexy angry cop is reluctantly assigned to the case, the tension that builds between them is slow-cooker steady and eventually explosive. There are some absurd plot elements, but I didn't care. This was the steamiest pairing of a Tami Hoag couple that I've ever read and reread. Oh, please, Detective, don't be mad at me. Much. :-D

  • Kristen
    2018-09-22 14:47

    In the 3rd installment of Tami Hoag's Kovac/Liska thriller series, Prior Bad Acts, this duo went out to solve another disturbing case. Everyone agreed that convincting Carl Dahl was a start, when he committed the crime of killing the Haas family. Only Judge Carey Moore stood in the way and put her in grave danger. When someone attacked her in a parking lot, that's when Kovac and Liska were on the scene to protect her from further harm, when no one wanted to be on this disturbing case. But when Dahl disappeared from custody, everything went out control. Then the judge was kidnapped, when reopened the case and searched for new clues to the true killer of that grisly murder to serve justice.

  • Den
    2018-09-19 14:01

    I got into this book quickly and a day later it was finished and the rest of her books are added to my 'to read' list.A judge (rightly) rules that a criminals past behaviour can't have any bearing on his current case but others disagree and she is attacked as she leaves the court. At the same time, the man she was ruling on, escapes and a police officer goes rogue. Nothing is as it appears and then under police noses, the judge vanishes. I enjoyed seeing the loose ends coming together at the end and yet again I didn't work out who the baddie was.

  • Doreen
    2018-10-09 16:41

    Oh my gosh!!! Talk about a fast paced, well written novel!! I am not a murder mystery kinda girl (my neighbor brought a stack of books over for me to devour) but this one was fabulous - if you can look past some of the more depraved parts. The characters are well developed and have such personality that if I could, I'd hang out with them.

  • Rui Monteiro
    2018-10-01 17:36

    Sem dúvida que é um dos melhores livros da Tami Hoag. A escrita, a história, as personagens tudo ficou lindamente perfeito. não houve Nada que não tenha gostado. Reviravoltas surpreendentes, que nos fazem falar enquanto lemos.

  • Paris(kerbytejas)
    2018-09-17 16:58

    Long drawn out story, not suspenseful, and a bit repetitive. Sam Kovac shows an emotional side of his character - at times I felt he was out of control.

  • Stephanie Tuell
    2018-10-08 17:45

    Very good book. Started strong and stayed strong. The ending was both shocking and expected.

  • Serene Costello
    2018-10-13 15:53

    Nail biter.... did not want to put it down.

  • Shauna
    2018-09-28 19:33

    Judge Carey Moore has ruled that the previous activity of Karl Dahl cannot be submitted to help convict Karl of the murder of 2 children and a woman. After a prison fight, Karl is free. Meanwhile someone has attacked Carey in the parking lot and she is receiving threatening calls. Is it Karl? Or detective Stan Dempsey who originally investigated the case and has gone crazy that Karl has not been prosecuted. Or is it the husband of the murdered wife and step children, also angry because Karl has not been convicted.Homicide cops Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska have been assigned to protect the judge. They discover interesting things about the judges husband and thought they had the case solved when Karl is caught, but it isn’t.

  • Karen Hufman
    2018-10-18 18:32

    I know I've read this author before, and I've even listened to one of the series on tape but I didn't love this one as much. Kovac and Liska are the detectives assigned the case of a judge who was assaulted after a controversial ruling. The ruling is in favor of a man who is being tried for the torture and murder of a mother and 2 children. Public opinion has already found the man guilty. I didn't love the character of the judge and the book felt a little like the detective books that also have a romance as part of the story line. It also lift things hanging a little at the end. It wasn't horrible, just not my favorite.

  • Dav
    2018-09-23 15:54

    A Sam Kovac & Nikki Liska detective series, #3A teenage foster kid is mad over of his costodial parent's plan to adopt two little kids. Cop Stan Demsey is tramatized by the tortue/murder of this mom & her 2 foster kids. Drifter Karl is blamed & his prior bad acts are ruled inadmissible. He's a killer, just not the killer of this foster family.Mostly an OK story, but is somewhat plodding at times.

  • Heather
    2018-10-15 18:43

    Five stars for this book is a must. Tami Hoag didn't fail writing this book. It got my attention right from the start and with all the twists and turns throughout the novel, it kept me entranced. I did not see the end coming at all. For some reason, I didn't read this series in order. I still was able to follow each book through without difficulty.

  • Rosemary Dreyer
    2018-09-18 11:33

    3 1/2 Stars: There was a lot about this novel in the series that felt like it was by rote: conversations and inner thoughts that felt stiff; action that seemed implausible; and twists that seemed unrealistic. Yet, I like the characters; the setting and nuances; and for the most part, the writing. I'll keep reading.

  • Dustie Jean
    2018-10-16 19:51

    I enjoy the story line and it's well written. The characters are fantastic (Liska is my favorite book character). However, I just couldn't get into it. I can't read a book that I can put down and for that reason, I didn't finish this one.

  • Leslie Halsema
    2018-09-24 15:55

    ExcellentHigh level of suspense with a hint of an underlying budding romance. Third in series, yet completely different. I tire of series where books sound the same with different names.