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Dead Sky (Kovac and Liska #3)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  10,428 ratings  ·  371 reviews
"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 c ...more
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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 minnesota ...more
Janie Johnson
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. A ...more
PRIOR BAD ACTS (Police Proc-Minneapolis, MN-Cont) – VG
Hoag, Tami – 3rd in series
Bantam, 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
Alex is The Romance Fox
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, por
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 ...more
Maureen Casey
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
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-g
Michelle Randall
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 detail
Susan (the other Susan)
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 se ...more
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.
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 D ...more
Serene Costello
Nail biter.... did not want to put it down.
The brutal murder of a mother and her two young foster children leads to the arrest of Karl Dahl. When Judge Carey Moore rules against the inclusion of Dahl's prior criminal record, prosecutors and police are enraged. Then Dahl escapes, and Judge Moore finds her life in danger, even as she must deal with the scathing comments and threats from everyone who believes Dahl is guilty. Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, assigned to protect the judge, now need to apprehend Dahl.

In the meantime, Judge Moore is
Kai Palchikoff
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 Moo ...more
Judge Carey Moore makes an unpopular decision when she rules that Karl Dahl's prior criminal record is inadmissible during his current trial. Dahl is accused of torturing and murdering Marlene Haas and her two foster children. Everyone believes Dahl is guilty and they are not happy with Judge Moore's decision. Soon after the ruling, the Judge is beaten in a parking garage. Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are assigned to her case. As they hunt for the attacker, they hear that Karl Dahl has e ...more
Unlike many buddy-cop books, where the two partners work together on every case, exchanging lovably bawdy quips while tracking down yet another serial killer, every one of Tami Hoag's Kovac/Liska books is unique.

I only wish now that I had read them in order (although I admit the first two, Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust, are a bit more similar to each other than to any of the others) because there is genuine character development over the series. Things that annoyed me about the characters in
Melanie Chabrol-
Can we say FANTASTIC! Another 7/5. This book I enjoyed better as i get to know the characters. Nikki Liska and Sam Kovac are called again as there are a series of abductions,murders? So they have a Serial Killer on their hands? The more they interview the more suspects are on the list. Had me guessing constantly. I second and third guessed myself.

My complaint, not enough hours in the day. All I could think about was whom was ths suspect. The partners sense of humor is contagious.

Imagine being
Laura Beasley
Great mystery. I was hooked from the start. Very gory in the murder details and scary but so good. A woman and her two foster children have been murdered in horrible , horrible ways and the man caught and being prosecuted has some prior bad acts but nothing to this caliber. The judge rules that the former bad acts can not be admitted and this sets off a chain link of events. The judge is mugged and later kidnapped, a detective goes off the deep end, the defense attorney is attacked and several o ...more
Judy Collins
Prior Bad Acts (Kovac and Liska #3), another page-turner of suspense, mystery and intrigue by one of my favorite crime thriller writer - Tami Hoag.

Love this series --enjoy the banter between Minneapolis’s colorful, witty, sassy, and edgy Kovac and Liska. Have read all the newer books, and playing catch up with some of the earlier books in the series.

Kovac and Liska, the dynamic duo, keeping you laughing out loud – these two are hot on the trail and Judge Carey Moore is in danger--Kovac is dra
I am a huge fan of the Thriller genre and this book did not disappoint. This is my book by Tami Hoag and I found it to be a well-written, fast-paced page turner.

Usually with Thrillers, when not well written, you know already half-way through who's guilty and who's not, which of course deflates your enthusiasm for the book. But this book kept me guessing right until the end, which even then had a twist. When I thought it was all done and dusted, it turned out there was one more surprise left in
***I listened to the audio book***

Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust are two of my favorite books by Ms. Hoag and I was excited to see that another book featuring Dets. Liska and Kovac was available. I had read this book when it first came out and bought the audio book several weeks ago after listening to the first two books in the series again.

Kovac and Liska are both seasoned detectives who's sense of honor and justice weigh heavily on them both. They stand for the victim, not the prosecutor or t
Rui Monteiro
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.
Inge (Inge1990)
Absolutely a must read if you like detectives. It is well written and you get a bond with the personages and you really feel sorry for them. The plot twists are incredible and I didn't expect the ending.
In this book a terrible murder is described, the bodies are brutally maimed. Karl Dahl is accused of this murder. The judge Carey decides that his previous crimes cannot be used against him in trail. There isn't much evidence against him otherwise so everybody is angry at Carey for helping a mur
What a page-turner. If it hadn't been for this pesky thing called work I probably would have finished it in less time. I couldn't get enough of Tami Hoag's thrilling story. Even at work, as soon as it was my break I would rush up to my locker and pull it out to read even if it was just a 15-minute break!

I was in a constant feeling of being on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out what was going to happen next and hoping for the best. There were so many suspects and so many reasons and ways th
Stephanie Tuell
Very good book. Started strong and stayed strong. The ending was both shocking and expected.
What I love most about Tami Hoag is the dialog between her characters, especially between long-time police partners Kovac and Liska. Makes me laugh out loud. Also takes the edge off of the gruesome crimes committed in this story. Anyway, Kovac and Liska team up to solve a horrific murder of a mother and her two foster children. Everyone is sure that Dahl is guilty, and the judge who rules that his history of "prior bad acts" is inadmissible is soon caught in the web of terror. Seems like there i ...more
#3 in the Sam Kovak & Nikki Liska series. The entry is aka Dead Sky (2005). The series features Minneapolis homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska.

Sam Kovak & Nikki Liska series - Judge Carey Moore does not allow the prior bad deeds of suspected mass murderer, Karl Dahl, to be entered in evidence. As a result she is reviled by cops and the public. Detective Sam Kovac becomes protective after she is viciously attacked following her ruling. The situation gets worse when Dahl escapes
Cameron Wiggins
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
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"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 convicting the alleged 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 as evidence against him raises a public outcry - and puts the judge in grave danger. When an unknown assailant attacks Carey Moore in a parking garage, two
Tami Hoag's writing has improved significantly since her early efforts, which tended to be flat without much character development. The Kovacs and Liska series has improved with every book. My main complaint with this one was--while I don't mind if a plot is semi-transparent in a good book--I figured out every single angle well before the ending. It also seems that Liska doesn't get as much page time as Kovacs, which I'd like to see change. This is an improving series that i will continue to fol ...more
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag began her professional career writing for Bantam’s Loveswept line of romance novels. In 1988 her first novel, The Trouble With J.J. was published.

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Other Books in the Series

Kovac and Liska (5 books)
  • Ashes to Ashes (Kovac and Liska, #1)
  • Dust to Dust (Kovac and Liska, #2)
  • The 9th Girl (Kovac and Liska, #4)
  • The Bitter Season (Kovac and Liska, #5)

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