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Dust to Dust (Kovac and Liska #2)

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The death of internal affairs investigator Andy Paxton is a potential political bomb for the Minneapolis Police Department... Andy Paxton was gay and he was investigating a possible cop connection in the brutal murder of another gay officer. But Andy's death looks like suicide, or an unfortunate and embarrassing accident, and the pressure is on from the top brass to close ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by Bantam (first published 2000)
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I like Tami Hoag's writing style and I liked her book, The 9th Girl, but this addition to her series only scored a 3 1/2 stars for me. The story was pretty good and the characters were believable, but parts just felt forced or added for fill. In my opinion not her best.
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Cover: Fitting
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: A good novel
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Sometimes hate is more directed inward
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
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This is my second book by this author. It was an audible daily deal, thus I pick it up out of order. However, the book stood on its own with no probably. Despite I thought some clues were obvious, it was still an interesting read.

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Mar 03, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I really have a love-hate relationship with these books. I love Kovac and Liska, I love their banter, I love the gallows humor and the snarking among the cops. It all feels very raw and real, and matches the cops and investigators I know. On the other hand, just like Prior Bad Acts, the plot is overly convoluted and has too many moving parts. After I finished it I actually had to go back over the story in my head to make sure I understand who did what when, and why. I also thought some of the "t ...more
Jan 10, 2016 John rated it really liked it
Having just finished a "literary" suspenser, which involved battling my way through a jungle of overconvoluted prose, I was desperate to cleanse my palate, as it were, with a piece of straightforward storytelling. This book by Tami Hoag practically leapt from the shelf into my hand as the ideal restorative.

When the cop son of a disabled legendary ex-cop is found hanged, everyone's keen to assume it's a matter of suicide -- everyone, that is, except Hoag's series heroes, detectives Sam Kovac and
Janie Johnson
Jan 18, 2014 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-challenge
Another great read by Tami Hoag. I am really enjoying this series by her. And I look forward to the next one in this series, Prior Bad Acts and also the other series that she has. I love how she writes. Pretty fluid and easy to read, lots of mystery and excitement and great plots to follow. I like how parts of the last book rolled over into this one giving hints to past lives. So probably better to read them in order.

I think the characters are very well developed, very realistic and believable.
Maureen Casey
Mar 11, 2012 Maureen Casey rated it liked it
I would give this book 3 and 1/2 stars if I could- I expected the returning characters from Ashes to Ashes to be John and Anne, but this second book in the series focuses more on Liska and Kovac. I was pleased though that the author did give a cameo appearance to Quinn and Anne, enough to update the reader about their ongoing lives- Like getting a christmas family update from friends. :) This book delivers all of the same plot twists and twisted minds as the first book, but fell short on the cre ...more
Aug 21, 2015 Lorrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good!! Brought the last cd into the house to finish it up. Couldn't wait thru the weekend till Monday when I'd be back in the car driving. This is my first Kovac/Liska novel, and I'd now like to read more. I thought that I had the story all figured out but I was a little incorrect. Didn't find this out til the very ending of the book. Hope the library has more Hoag audios.
Anisa (wherethewildtalesare)
(I've decided that these installments to crime fiction series will be smaller reviews due to me not wanting to give away any huge details or plot points). I was incredibly thrilled to be back in the mind of Hoag! Because once again, Tami Hoag did not disappoint. And while I desperately missed John Quinn and Kate Conlan's PoV's, it didn't take long for me to warm up to both Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska.

As usual the writing was fantastically addictive and well-paced. I know that many people complain
Nathan Burgoine
Jan 01, 2013 Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it
I listened to this on four cassettes to and fro my work over the last few days, and I must say, this was quite a bit better than 'Ashes to Ashes.' The characters of Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska return - Nikki was definitely a high point of 'Ashes to Ashes,' - and get hit by a pair of very confusing deaths. One, a "cold-case" of the beating-death of a cop, and the other, an apparent suicide of an IA cop. But is it suicide? Is the criminal charged in the cold-case beating death really the ...more
Judy Collins
Loving this series! Kovac and Liska . . DUST TO DUST, (Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska Book 2), full of humor and wit between this dynamic duo, mixed with some of the best- for a complex crime thriller with dark secrets for a powerful whodunit. Gay cop killed making it appear to be a suicide, corruption, and dirty cops. Who is behind all the killings? One of their own, perhaps?

I started with Hoag's latest COLD COLD HEART (a 5-star winner which won me over), and now catching up with all the previou
Another book that rambles and is way too long. The story of a gay police officer's death ruled a suicide, then accidental, and then another death ruled suicide. These rulings don't sit well with the two detectives Kovac and Liska. A lot of the same old same old - cops who break the rules, get themselves threatened by bad guys, and on and on. Another way way too long book (almost 500 pages) and audiobook. This is a clue for me to avoid non-literary fiction books that are over 300 pages unless I r ...more
Aug 24, 2013 Kirk rated it it was ok
I listened to this in the car on CD. Good plot, but the prose is really turgid.
Judy Hall
After a crappy day at work, Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska attend the retirement party for an officer who is taking his local crime-stopper show national. Sam's never liked Ace, but he does respect Iron Mike Fallon, an officer who was left in a wheelchair in the line of duty and Mike is there. Sam ends up taking the broken old man home and spending some time thinking about what his own future looks like.

He's horrified to be called to the scene of an apparent suicide the next day to find Mike's son h
Cameron Wiggins
Apr 28, 2013 Cameron Wiggins rated it liked it
Hoag is back with another good police murder mystery. It features officers Sam Kovac and Niki Liska from the “Dust to Dust” novel. This is the follow-up novel, but it is by no means a sequel to "Ashes to Ashes." While “Dust to Dust” begins very slow mid-novel picks up nicely and the long ending is excellent.
The only real problem that I have with this book is that Hoag seems to go way, way out of her way to portray the police characters as dirty-minded people who swear unnecessarily all of the t
Aug 14, 2013 Anette rated it really liked it
I have to be honest that this book took me some time to get into, but once I got into the story, I have to say it is again a well-written book. The suspense keeps building and building. Every time I thought I knew what was going on, something new happened that put a different spin on things. This is definitely not your "feel-good" kind of book .... at the end of it, you are exhausted and completely drained. But, oh so worth it.
It is the second one in her series with Sam and Tinks, and is a woppe
Freda Witt
Jan 04, 2016 Freda Witt rated it really liked it
I like this series. I like the people. They have real problems, like the rest of us.
Apr 10, 2015 Sheryl rated it really liked it
The story was good. As an audible book, it was also good to listen to.
Gia Merriam
Jul 22, 2016 Gia Merriam rated it liked it
This is the third book that I've read by Tami Hoag, and it is also my least favorite. However, I do feel that if I had read Dust to Dust before some of her other works, I would have provided a higher rating. I only gave three stars because the suspense did not move me like in her other books, and I found the outcome to be rather predictable, unlike in her other books. The "whodunnit" just seemed far too apparent from the beginning, and I found myself frustrated that there were no false red herri ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska get much more attention in this second installment. Both detectives evolve personally as the reader learns more about them.

When an Internal Affairs officer is found hanged in an apparent suicide, Sam is particularly disturbed because Andy Fallon is the son of a department legend, Iron Mike Fallon--and Iron Mike was something of a mentor to Sam early in his career.

Suicide, accident, murder? Kovac and Liska find evidence of corruption, cover-up, and connections to both re
Jul 19, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, 2014
Internal Affairs cop Andy Fallon is found dead in his home, hanging naked in his bedroom. The word "sorry" is written on the mirror. Was it suicide? An accident? Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska interview friends and family. Andy had been depressed after coming out to his father. He was also looking into a case where a gay detective had been murdered. The department orders a quick autopsy and Andy's case is declared an accident, but instinct tells Kovac and Liska that there is more going on ...more
Jun 01, 2014 Miranda70 rated it did not like it
Matig. Kwam er niet in. Veel personages, onduidelijke verhaallijn. Pakte me gewoon niet.
Jul 27, 2015 Samyann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dust to Dust, an audiobook read by David Colacci, about 14.5 hours of listening. Right up the alley of Tami Hoag’s modus operandi, this is a police procedural.

You may find the story initially confusing because of the plethora of character names, which seems typical of Hoag’s stories. I found myself re-winding several times. One of these names might be the bad-guy, right? Anyway, the names came quickly and I eventually kept moving forward, keeping track of Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, the lead char
Kat Dietrich
Dust to Dust by Tami Hoag is the 2nd in the Kovac and Liska detective series.

When Internal Affairs Investigator Andy Paxton is found hanging, nude, from his bedroom ceiling, the brass rush things through as a suicide by gay a cop. His father was "Iron Mike", a wheeelchair bound legend, and they are don't want him embarrassed. Case closed. But Kovac doesn't really buy it, especially since Paxton was investigating the brutal murder of another gay officer, possibly by another cop. IA is not co-oper
Feb 22, 2016 Dyanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story line deals with a Minneapolis Police Department that is dealing with the embarrassing death of an Internal Affairs officer. internal affairs investigator Andy Fallon is found dead in his home, everyone is rushing to conclude the investigation into his death. Fallon's death could be a potential embarrassment to the police department and hurtful to his father know as Iron Mike who left the force a hero. Fallon was investigating the murder of a gay police office who was beaten to death i ...more
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Dec 31, 2015 Paris (kerbytejas) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I'm really torn on this review is it a 3 stars or 4? - the book was slow... the overall story was a good one - it didn't give things away too early, and the off beat/off color humor was great.
gonna go with 4 stars due to the number of laughs I had from the humor, and the overall story
Kari Ramirez
While Ashes to Ashes was touted as the first Kovac/Liska book they merely had background roles in the book. Kovac was present more than Liska was, but not much. Here in Ashes to Ashes they are both in the forefront working together, but also separately on two different cases. Both of them involving the police department.

Kovac's case is personal and he's pretty much the only one who thinks that a crime actually occurred. Liska is following up on a closed case, much to the irritation of their boss
Kara Hansen
Aug 12, 2016 Kara Hansen rated it liked it
3.5 stars for this one. I love her books and am enjoying this series. I found this plot went in a few too many different directions, leaving me confused at times. That being said, I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
Squid McFinnigan
Feb 26, 2016 Squid McFinnigan rated it liked it
I had difficulty getting myself into this book. Perhaps it was the dysfunctional and bitter nature of the police department it was set in, where there seemed to be nothing but strife among all the members, except the main two characters. I also found the plot difficult to cope with. Making a murder look like a hanging is not easy, and I found some technical issues with this kept pulling me out of the story. I did like the interaction between the two main characters, and while I did correctly pic ...more
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
I'm not exactly sure it was 5-star-worthy but it was an interesting book. I couldn't put it down and to me that is all that matters! This and the fact that it kept you guessing at the bad guy until the last second!
Jul 03, 2015 J rated it liked it
BEWARE of spoilers. Remember, one man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler.

This was my first Tami Hoag book. Enjoyed it quite a bit.

Wrote a review, but can't seem to locate it at present.

Some miscellaneous thoughts:

- The cop talk is graphic, snappy. I felt a lot of it was "adage" worthy.

- Good working relationship btw. tiny blond, single-mom Officer Liska and hulking, divorced male Officer Kovac.

- Author did keep me guessing as to what precisely the icy internal-affairs lieutenant had in
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