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Prior Bad Acts (Kovac and Liska #3)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  12,211 Ratings  ·  440 Reviews
When an unknown assailant attacks Judge Moore in a parking garage, two of the city's top cops are assigned the case. When the judge is then kidnapped, detectives Kovac & Liska face both a maze of suspicions & a ticking clock. Their path leads along a dark trail of smoke & mirrors where no-one is what they seem.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Bantam Books (first published 2006)
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Mar 06, 2010 karen rated it it was ok
Shelves: it-is-for-class
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
Mar 12, 2014 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-challenge
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
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Rating: 4.5

This 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)

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)
Mar 08, 2017 Camille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-deck
This series just keeps getting better and better!!! Loved it.
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
Michelle Randall
Jul 14, 2012 Michelle Randall rated it really liked it
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
Jun 24, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 01, 2008 Marleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tami-hoag
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
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
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
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
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
Feb 20, 2016 Den rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 04, 2014 Doreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2014
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
Oct 11, 2014 Rui Monteiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
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.
Serene Costello
Sep 24, 2015 Serene Costello rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nail biter.... did not want to put it down.
Stephanie Tuell
Very good book. Started strong and stayed strong. The ending was both shocking and expected.
Feb 10, 2017 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tami Hoag always creates tension-filled stories full of plot twists, realistic, snappy dialogue, and believable characters. Prior Bad Acts is no different and is one of the best Tami Hoag books I have read; it just bursts at the seams with originality and creativity.

The highest compliment that I could give is if I was a victim of a crime, I would want Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska on the case. This is how believable she draws her characters. They are both tough as nails and totally focused on their
Kat Dietrich
Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag is the 3rd in the Kovac and Liska Detective Series.

I don't personally see why you could not read this as a stand-alone novel, but it is nice to know a bit of background on the two detectives.

A mother and two foster children are brutally raped and murdered on the night a tornado hits town. Not only are the father and step-son devastated, but the whole town is up in arms. Karl Dahl, a transient, is charged with the crimes. When Judge Carey Moore rules that Dahl's prior
Oct 27, 2016 Zachary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prior Bad Acts

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 he
Oct 28, 2016 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book. I liked t enough that I took another of her mysteries out of the library to listen to. As you look at my ratings for books listened to, remember I am not as critical of novels I listen to as I am of novels I read.
Feb 28, 2017 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Fast read. Keeps your attention.
Natalie Mullan
Jan 12, 2017 Natalie Mullan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Another outstanding murder-thriller from the Liska/Kovac series. Highly recommend this one from Tami Hoag
A fast and compelling read. A good book fairly typical for the genre.
Feb 14, 2017 Weradi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not my usual reading preference. Got it to read in the car for a road trip.
Carrie Garza
Jan 10, 2017 Carrie Garza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good!
Nov 13, 2016 Doris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
The characters were well built and not one-dimensional, with backgrounds and group interactions making them very believable.

The villain was too obvious, although the story was well written enough that this was not a problem. Another good Kovac and Liska story.
Jan 19, 2017 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've gotten really attached to Kovak and Liska at this point.
Narrator: Holter Graham

My complaint about the previous Kovac & Liska books were that I found them too long. Though Book 3 is a shorter (11hrs 42 mins vs 18 and a half and 14 and a half), I'd have found it still overly long if not for the fact that this time, the story caught me from the start to its conclusion. I can't say there were surprises, in fact I found it predictable but I rarely mind murder mysteries not turning out to be a mystery for me. What I wa
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Kovac and Liska (5 books)
  • Ashes to Ashes (Kovac and Liska, #1)
  • Dust to Dust (Kovac and Liska, #2)
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