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Kill the Messenger

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  6,741 Ratings  ·  377 Reviews
With this new thriller, The New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag delivers her own message to suspense fans everywhere: Don't turn off the lights, and keep reading if you dare. From the gritty streets of Los Angeles to its most protected enclaves of prestige and power to the ruthless glamour of Hollywood, a killer stalks his prey. A killer so merciless no one in his ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2004)
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May 26, 2013 Angela~twistedmind~ rated it really liked it
Have you ever read a book and thought, "This would make a great movie."? So it goes with Kill The Messenger. Tami Hoag is a fairly new me.......and so far I'm really enjoying her books. I've seen so many Hoag books over the years; seen a shelf full of her work at the library and thought she must be pretty good to have so many best selling books but, still, I never picked up any of her work. Man. What I've been missing. She is a superb writer, quickly drawing you in and keeping you ...more
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Dec 22, 2008 Angela rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Tami Hoag seems to be branching out these days. The last few books of hers I've read have abandoned her established mold of setting up a hero and heroine (both of whom have angsty pasts they're trying to overcome, and one or both of whom may be involved in law enforcement) embroiled in solving a nasty, suspenseful crime while they inexorably become embroiled in each other. Her latest, Kill the Messenger, has plenty of nasty, suspenseful crime--but barely a whiff of any romance. There's the sligh ...more
Jul 03, 2013 R.G. rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-blogged
As a girl who likes her books on the more paranormal romancey side… this is obviously not my usual choice… but every once in a while I have to break from the norm and read me a good mystery/suspense… and this is one that any reader should check out… There are several different threads to this tale slowly weaving together but it’s not confusing in the way that some authors might thrown too many characters or too many plot lines at you in such a story… Hoag does a wonderful job of slipping in bits ...more
KILL THE MESSENGER (Suspense/Police Procedural) - VG
Tami Hoag – 25th book
Bantam Books, 2004 – Hardcover
Bike messenger Jace Damon makes one last run of the day and ends up running for his life when the lawyer who gave him the package is murdered. Jace is both the prime suspect of the police and the target for someone who wants that package..
*** I have loved Tami Hoag’s books since her early romantic/suspense novels and she has only gotten better. There are wonderful characters, great suspense, f
Sep 29, 2011 Dorsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is leaning towards 4 1/2 stars for me. Fantastic characters with a twisting plot. There was one point in the story that I was sitting there with my mouth agape in surprise. It's been awhile since I have read any Tami Hoag. This one did not disappoint. I listened to the audio version & as usual, Scott Brick gave it that extra something special for me. I am still new to the whole audio thing but so far, Scott Brick is my favorite reader by a mile. I am going to have to see is there ar ...more
Mar 04, 2009 C rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-fun
My main problems with this book:
- Characters who do not behave the way they seem to believe they should: One of the main characters constantly thinks how he can't trust anyone, etc, but he is constantly doing so.
- A plot that thinks it's clever.
- A plot twist that is without real impact because I didn't care at all about how it affected the characters.
- Characters I didn't get emotionally involved with. At all.
- Another incredibly smart, precocious kid. Ho-hum.
Vonnie Hughes
Oct 04, 2011 Vonnie Hughes rated it it was amazing
As usual with Tami Hoag I enjoyed this. She does believeable plot twists deftly, unlike some authors whose labor over their ideas practically shouts out.

A clear writer, you get absorbed in her books straight away. Kill the Messenger begins with a bike messenger in LA rush hour traffic. Doesn't come much scarier than that.
Jul 08, 2016 Jaime rated it it was ok
I’ve been a fan of Tami Hoag for a while, but this book was pretty……. eh. I just didn’t connect with any of the characters. Maybe it’s because this book was written from the pov of the male characters. Anyway, I was disappointed.
Nov 11, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It is an interesting murder mystery and walks that line between between being engaging and not too graphic. A very nice read.
Feb 18, 2008 Michelle rated it it was ok
The story was kind of dry in this book and a couple times it was hard to follow.
Katie Q
Jul 15, 2015 Katie Q rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-to-read
My first Tami Hoag book and a good choice to. Terrific easy to read thriller. Highly recommended.
Dec 20, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it
My mom gave me three or four Tami Hoag books when she was culling books from her collection. This is the first one I've read, and it certainly won't be the last.

From page one we are immediately plunged into the world of bike messengers, as we ride along with Jace through L.A. traffic. I'd not realized what a dangerous and perilous occupation it was, with the messengers putting their lives at risk every day just to deliver documents from one place to another. It was a tense and gripping opening
Sara Barton
Oct 16, 2014 Sara Barton rated it really liked it
88 out of 100 points -- Four and a half stars

Plot -- 18 out of 20 points
The storyline has a lot of unpredictable twists and turns that kept me guessing. Behind the hard-driving actions of complicated heroes and villains lurks enough logic and plausibility to keep the high-drama story real. With so many characters sabotaging their own lives and wreaking havoc with others, more than one suspect seems to have motive and means to commit the crimes, even as the body count rises. That heightens the te
Apr 20, 2011 Lainy rated it really liked it
Blurb taken from the back cover

At the end of a long, hard day bettling Los Angeles traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon is called on to make a pick-up from the office of sleazy defence attorneyLeonard Lowell. Jace is tired, and needs to get home to check up on his little brother who he's single handedly bringing up. He makes the collection, but the delivery adress turns out to be a vacant lot, a car tries to run him down, and Jace only just escapes. He returns to the attorney's office to find that
Chris Demer
Oct 17, 2015 Chris Demer rated it really liked it
This is a lively mystery featuring Parker, a discredited detective with something to prove, and Jace Damon, a bike messenger.
Jace reluctantly takes one last job of the day, but before the delivery is made, he is chased down and attacked, only to find out soon after that the addresses had been murdered.He deduces that the package is valuable and his life is at risk, but is reluctant to go to the police because he and his young brother, who are orphans, have been living under the radar under the p
Laurie Tomchak
Mar 15, 2014 Laurie Tomchak rated it liked it
An interesting LA procedural. The ending wasn't entirely earned, but I'd have to reread to see if there was any foreshadowing I missed. An engaging young man is at the center of this story, an orphaned bicycle messenger who is supporting his younger brother by risking his life delivering packages on L.A.'s traffic-clogged streets. He is even more in danger when he stumbles on a murder and a blackmail scheme that has everyone after him: the police, the murderer, the murder victim's daughter. The ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Singletary rated it really liked it
Jace Damon, a 19 year old bicycle messenger in LA, is sent on a delivery that doesn’t exist. When he gets there and can’t find it, someone is trying to kill him. It has to do with what is in the package. He does manage to get away, but is now on the run from this murderer. He never knew his father, his mother died several years ago, and his only priority is taking care of his 10 year old younger brother, Tyler. For several years now, they have lived in Chinatown with Madame Chen. (This was a goo ...more
Jun 05, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Smart, appealing Los Angeles procedural. I loved the primary setting in DTLA. As a former resident and frequent visitor to this neighborhood, Hoag got a lot right about the setting, especially the scene in Pershing Square. My place of work, Los Angeles Public Library, even made a cameo!

Great detective lead. Kev Parker was smart, compassionate, and flawed. His side career was the most LA - everyone has connections the Industry! I also enjoyed the beginning chapters from the bike messenger's POV,
Read for the Mystery Book Club at the library in May 2015. Another example of badly damaged CD's. These were in terrible condition.

However the reader was really good - Scott Brick. I'll look for more of his audiobooks. Great voice. Reasonably interesting characters and story. Because the CD's were so bad, I missed a lot of the story but it didn't seem to matter.

It will be interesting to see what the mystery book club at the library says about this one. I'm pretty lukewarm about the book but sev
Dec 29, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it
I was immediately sucked into this book by the opening scene where a bike messenger rips through the streets of LA to pick up a package from a lawyer, who is murdered shortly thereafter. This was a good read for someone with little time for thought and contemplation. The cop, Kev Parker was likable and smart. So glad all worked out well. I wasn't overly fond of the person (no spoiler alert here) who ended up being the murderer and blackmailer as it came out of left field as a lot of murder myste ...more
Bilge B
Apr 04, 2016 Bilge B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, novel
Güzeldi ama ilk kitaplarından birisi olduğu için, o sevdiğim Tami tadını alamadım yazımda.
Kirsten Buckner-Roberts
3.5 stars
Janie Johnson
Nov 30, 2016 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This is a stand alone book by the author with a great synopsis, so I had to read it. It also makes up my letter 'K' for the A-Z challenge this year.

At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.'s sleaziest defense attorneys, he's nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to esca
Nov 17, 2016 NanaJ rated it really liked it
Audio version which made it more exciting. Ms. Hoag does write great stories with lots of twists and turns and great endings...never a disappointment and this was no everything she wries.
Paris        (kerbytejas)
I think the story could have been shortened without losing anything - it was a bit long with a little redundancy
Dec 03, 2016 Ruth rated it really liked it
First book I've ever read by Tami Hoag.
Dec 20, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharada Shyamsundar
Nov 21, 2016 Sharada Shyamsundar rated it liked it
Except for the language used in the book, it is a good read...
Marcia Spehar
Oct 11, 2016 Marcia Spehar rated it really liked it
This book had action from cover to cover. I love books that are like this. Keeps me on the edge of my seat. I haven't read a ton of Tami Hoag but what I have read has always been good. I'll have to check out a few more!
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Tami Hoag is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books published in more than thirty languages worldwide, including her latest thrillers—BITTER SEASON, COLD COLD HEART and THE 9TH GIRL. Renowned for combining thrilling plots with character-driven suspense, Hoag first hit the New York Times Bestseller list with NIGHT SINS, and each of her books since has been a bestseller. ...more
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