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by Tami Hoag

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.
Download Prior Bad Acts: A Novel (Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska) epub
ISBN: 055358359X
ISBN13: 978-0553583595
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Tami Hoag
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam (February 27, 2007)
ePUB size: 1502 kb
FB2 size: 1975 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 973
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Title was based on the question of whether or not a defendant's prior criminal record can be used against him in a trial. Drifter Karl Dahl has been charged with the brutal murders of Marlene Haas and the family's two foster children. Could previous convictions of his be used against him?

Judge Carey Moore's ruling in the matter sets off a chain of violent events. Spoiler the Assistance to Families with Dependant Children (AFDC) program is referenced. It hasn't been called that since the Clinton Administration. Were I to look up renamed Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) on their website, I suspect the state of Minnesota wouldn't be different from others in having at least a part time work requirement for all but those with an infant in the house under one. The "kid" in the family suspected of getting an "AFDC" check is 17.

Tami Hoag managed to successfully merge several stories for an engaging mystery. Characters were quite believable, and one element not introduced at the beginning of the story shows up at the end for a result that isn't quite unexpected, but not totally a surprise,either. I definitely would reccommend "Prior Bad Acts" to those interested in mystery or legal suspense.
This is my third Tami Hoag book and it was a disappointment. My first Kovac/Liska book, Dust to Dust, was great. I loved these two together so I got Prior Bad Acts. The premise was very good and it was fast moving, but Kovac and Liska were rarely together. He was working one angle, she was working another angle, and that was disappointing. Kovac, who was a great character in Dust to Dust, was a great disappointment to me in this book. I might read Ashes to Ashes, and I'm hoping I will once again be able to enjoy these two characters.
Tami Hoag’s books just seem to get better and better. Her characters even seem to get better and better. Prior Bad Acts is no exception. Liska and Kovac are two of my favorite Hoag characters. They are Minneapolis cops.
A lady has been brutally murdered. There is immediately a suspect who is no stranger to the law. The dragnet begins. The suspect is brought in but is released during the trial by a compassionate judge. The judge is brutally beaten and her dirtbag husband is suspected of hiring the work done. However, there is still the original suspect on the loose whom the Minneapolis police just can’t seem to locate, let alone apprehend.
So, the dirtbag husband is being investigated and the police are looking for the original suspect. Then to add salt to the wound, a policeman goes off the deep end and believes that justice cannot be delivered appropriately anymore. That is, unless he delivers it himself. And he has bones to pick with the judge and the original suspect whom he worked hard to bring in the first time only to have the judge let him out where he could slip free of the net that was being cast over him.
So, now, the list of suspects is growing and each are looking more and more desirable for the crimes. Liska and Kovac are in deep in this one. It’s a stress bag and it seems that nothing but dead ends and mistaken suspicions keep arising.
This is my favorite Tami Hoag book that I have read to date. I would have no problem recommending this book to a friend who reads. I will be reading more Tami Hoag books. She takes just a little to get into at first, but once you take the hook, look out.

I just finished reading Prior Bad Acts and quite honestly, I'm not sure I want to go to bed yet. At one point, I actually had to close the book and get up and move around. This book is nothing short of frightening. The author seems to have three plots going at once, and she juggles them masterfully. The characters are fully three-dimensional; the dialogs a perfect reflection of our actual human relationships. And as with all the others that I have read I totally missed any clues as to who the criminal really was. I do not know how Tami Hoag comes up with her plots, or her characters, but I think I would be pretty scared to have her imagination. Which just gives me more reason to start the next Tami Hoag book.
Another winner for Ms Hoag. Again, she grabs the reader right from the start and doesn't let go. I enjoyed seeing the emotional side once again with Kovak. He's made out to seem so lonely. This was a nice story for him. Meanwhile, out on the front, a judge releases a criminal because of "Prior Bad Acts," and all h*** breaks loose. The funny thing is , is how much of the chaos is due to her ruling and and how much is due to other extraneous circumstances that she is unaware of in her own life?
This is the third book in the series and Tami Hoag is a brilliant author! She writes the type of books where you simply cannot guess Whodunnit ! I love Kovac and Liska they are an excellent team and the plots, twists and turns are unbelievable ! She is becoming my favorite author, once you start reading you simply cannot stop and the suspense continues to unravel ! I've already purchased the last book in the series and cannot wait to start reading it . If I could I would give the book 10 stars ! I highly recommend the entire series !
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.