Ashes to Ashes (A Kovac and Liska Mystery #1) by Tami Hoag
This wasn’t the first I read in the series, that being The Bitter Season, but as I have to review them in order I’m starting with Ashes to Ashes.
Minneapolis has a firebug, that is a an arsonist, nicknamed The Cremator. He has been killing prostitutes, destroying all witnesses so the police had nothing: but now things have changed. He’s been witnessed by prostitute and teenage runaway, Angie DiMarco.
But Angie isn’t talking.
Ar first they hope to rattle her by threatening jail, but when that does no good Kate Conlan, ex-FBI, gets called in to handle their victim/witness.
To up the ante even further, the Cremator has chosen to abduct the daughter of billionaire Peter Bondurant.
Now not only are the police being pushed to solve this crime, but Bondurant has used his connections to bring in FBI whiz and looker, Special Agent John Quinn. Who wouldn’t you know it, has a past with Kate that she’d rather keep silent.
As Sam Kovac and his partner Nikki Liska are on the case, aided by Quinn and Kate. But as they start investigating they find a lot of strange and suspicious things.
Peter Bondurant isn’t acting like the normal bereaved father, hardly being involved but instead sending his lawyer to ask/answer questions? What’s the story on that?
Why would the cremator break habit? Why stray from his routine?
Something about the missing girl’s best friend seems off as well. They didn’t seem to be the type to run in the same circles, why are they together?
The house they send Angie to to protect her also has an odd couple running it. And it happens that they are connected to the three previous dead girls. Could they possibly be involved?
Through the frenzy, hysteria, dead ends, a can of worms, and politics; Kate discovers that this Cremator is set out for one big finish, with Kate as his star player.
Thoughts After Reading:
I thought it was a fantastic mystery; gripping, incredible, and just mind blowing.
I thought I had it all figured out…was completely wrong.
However, while this book was good, I liked The Bitter Season better. I liked that the characters that were already established, and as much as I like Kate; I enjoy the Kovac/Liska partnership better. They just complete each other so well.
And while I did enjoy this book, let me warn you it is not for the faint of heart. It can be graphic at times in descriptions and language.
But otherwise it was very enjoyable.
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