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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.
Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9780553902457
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I really enjoyed reading another one of Tami's books. I found that this one was hard to put down when I had other things to do but when I had the time I didn't put it down. This story had alot of twists to it and thats the best.more
Mediocre thriller! 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.more
I found Prior Bad Acts to be better then Kill The Messenger and Dark Horse, but it was still not up to par with some of Tami’s past novels. I found the book started out slow and thought it was a little confusing. Eventually the plot did pick up and it turned out to be not a bad book. The ending was well planned, exciting and surprising. I did enjoy the characters as well. I have really been kinda disappointed with Tami Hoag’s last 3 books. I find her writing style is really changing. She seems to be cutting out the romance in her books. And I think that is a bad thing because I really enjoy her romance novels. I hope she gets back on track with her next book.more
Brutal mystery in which sad people with dark secrets live lives of growing complexity and despair. Although the story was horribly engaging as it unfolded I imagine that it will soon fade to a blurred memory because I did not relate to any of the characters.more
The third book I have written by Tami. Thrilling drama about cops and victims. Sort of Sandra Brownish...more
I picked up this audiobook without knowing anything about the plot. I just knew the narrator was Holter Graham and I have really enjoyed his previous "performances". I was quite pleased when this book fit my usual taste in books.... murder, mystery, suspence... it had it all. I was hooked from the beginning and found myself trying to figure out the many "who-done'its" to no avail. I will have to pick up more works by Tami Hoag now.more
This is fast, detailed and frightening. A super thriller that had me hooked from the outset. There are the obvious love interests but in this case it feels more natural than cliched. Carey Moore is a Judge who has worked very hard to get where she is. Faced with Karl Dahl who is deemed to be a brutal killer (the crime is truly horrific) she is the only one who seems to be preventing him being kept in custody. She hits the media spotlight when she rules that his prior bad acts are inadmissable. Detective Sam Kovac and his partner Nikki Liska are called in as protection. Dahl escapes and this thriller begins. Great characters, plot and narrative; this novel is difficult to put down. Hoag's writing involves the reader and occasionally some chapters begin with a character picking up from another character in a previous chapter. It is difficult to discuss too much of the plot for this novel without spoiling it but (as is not always the case) the praise quotes are generally accurate. Highly enjoyable from the great beginning to a thrilling ending.more
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I really enjoyed reading another one of Tami's books. I found that this one was hard to put down when I had other things to do but when I had the time I didn't put it down. This story had alot of twists to it and thats the best.more
Mediocre thriller! 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.more
I found Prior Bad Acts to be better then Kill The Messenger and Dark Horse, but it was still not up to par with some of Tami’s past novels. I found the book started out slow and thought it was a little confusing. Eventually the plot did pick up and it turned out to be not a bad book. The ending was well planned, exciting and surprising. I did enjoy the characters as well. I have really been kinda disappointed with Tami Hoag’s last 3 books. I find her writing style is really changing. She seems to be cutting out the romance in her books. And I think that is a bad thing because I really enjoy her romance novels. I hope she gets back on track with her next book.more
Brutal mystery in which sad people with dark secrets live lives of growing complexity and despair. Although the story was horribly engaging as it unfolded I imagine that it will soon fade to a blurred memory because I did not relate to any of the characters.more
The third book I have written by Tami. Thrilling drama about cops and victims. Sort of Sandra Brownish...more
I picked up this audiobook without knowing anything about the plot. I just knew the narrator was Holter Graham and I have really enjoyed his previous "performances". I was quite pleased when this book fit my usual taste in books.... murder, mystery, suspence... it had it all. I was hooked from the beginning and found myself trying to figure out the many "who-done'its" to no avail. I will have to pick up more works by Tami Hoag now.more
This is fast, detailed and frightening. A super thriller that had me hooked from the outset. There are the obvious love interests but in this case it feels more natural than cliched. Carey Moore is a Judge who has worked very hard to get where she is. Faced with Karl Dahl who is deemed to be a brutal killer (the crime is truly horrific) she is the only one who seems to be preventing him being kept in custody. She hits the media spotlight when she rules that his prior bad acts are inadmissable. Detective Sam Kovac and his partner Nikki Liska are called in as protection. Dahl escapes and this thriller begins. Great characters, plot and narrative; this novel is difficult to put down. Hoag's writing involves the reader and occasionally some chapters begin with a character picking up from another character in a previous chapter. It is difficult to discuss too much of the plot for this novel without spoiling it but (as is not always the case) the praise quotes are generally accurate. Highly enjoyable from the great beginning to a thrilling ending.more
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