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Dust to Dust (Kovac and Liska #2)

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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  7,908 ratings  ·  236 reviews
Sorry. The single word was written on a mirror. In front of it hung the Minneapolis Internal Affairs cop. Was it suicide? Or a kinky act turned tragic?

Either way, it wasn’t murder. At least not according to the powers that be. But veteran homicide detective Sam Kovac and his wisecracking, ambitious partner Nikki Liska think differently. Together they begin to dig at the to
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Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2000)
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

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
Book Boyfriend: Sam

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
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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Rebecca
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
Janie Johnson
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.
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Maureen Casey
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
Lorrie
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.
Nathan Burgoine
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
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Barbara
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
Kirk
I listened to this in the car on CD. Good plot, but the prose is really turgid.
Cameron Wiggins
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
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Anette
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
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Sheryl
The story was good. As an audible book, it was also good to listen to.
Jen
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
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Robin
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
Miranda70
Matig. Kwam er niet in. Veel personages, onduidelijke verhaallijn. Pakte me gewoon niet.
Samyann
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
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Paris        (kerbytejas)
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
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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!
J
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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Bonnie
Found this book in a freebie box outside the Big Sur Library while I was on vacation there. I've read a few of Hoag's new novels and loved them so thought I'd give this a shot and am glad I did. I liked the banter between the two main characters and the main plot was interesting. Toward the end, I started getting the characters confused and had to thing back as to each's story line. The final climaz where everything happened at once was really poorly written stylistically but that part was over ...more
Becky
Haog (as one reviewer said) is great at leaving breadcrumbs. She builds suspense and her plots continue to expand. First there is a murder - duh! This murder takes place today. But it seems all involved are also linked to a crime from 20 years ago.

I'm a listener. Narrator was exceptional.

Love the relationship between Kovac and Liska.

As for the breadcrumbs: there was a point where I just wanted to shake Sam Kovac because he was so blind to the connections right in front of him.

Don't you love
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Claire
I usually enjoy her books but I just couldn't get into this one
Trisha
Sorry. Dat is het enige woord dat op de spiegel staat geschreven. Ervoor hangt het lijk van Andy Fallon, een politieman van Interne Zaken van Minneapolis. Is het zelfmoord? Of is het een seksueel spelletje dat uit de hand is gelopen?
Hoe dan ook, zijn dood was geen misdaad. Het onderzoek is een formaliteit,een verplicht nummer waar rechercheur Sam Kovac niet op zit te wachten. Eigenlijk wil hij niet te veel tijd besteden aan de ondervraging van Iron Mike, de vader van het slachtoffer. De man heef
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Barbara ★
Veteran cop Sam Kovac and partner Nikki Liska are investigating several things at once. An internal affairs cop dead of apparent suicide, a paraplegic cop dead of apparent suicide, a 20 year old murder where one of the current victims was a victim, a closed case of a homosexual cops brutal murder and the fun just keeps coming. Sam and Liska may be partners but they investigate different aspects of these cases and rarely actually work together which I found strange. I listened to the audiobook wh ...more
Vanessa
I liked this one, but it was not a fast read. I liked the dialog, especially from Liska, the female homicide detective. She had some great lines. The male part of our duo had some interesting introspection, although negative and he was not, for the most part, a likable hero. I could see his appeal, though, as a good investigator with a sense of right and wrong and a doggedness that served him well. There was some humor pertaining his neighbor and his Christmas spirit. The plot was intricate, and ...more
Jason Kurtz
Tami Hoag continues to amaze me. She is a cut above the mediocrity that has become crime/detective fiction. She focuses on the characters in her fiction, not just the plot. Another one of her "serial" novels, this novel continues the lives of police officers Sam Kovac and Nikki "Tinks" Liska, partners on the Minneapolis police force.

This novel deals with the issues of homophobia in the police department, and secrets. Family secrets, personal secrets, things that fester and work on the sub-consc
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Marleen
Sergeants Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are an absolute treat !! I just love their flawed characters and their bright minds, dedication and toughness. They are often guided by their gut instinct, and they are not often wrong. Tami Hoag did a great job creating this duo of cops. Their partnership is one of the best I’ve encountered over the years. I have a weakness for detective stories, mysteries & thrillers, especially when they are character-driven and put the emphasis on the police procedural ...more
Chris
Feb 09, 2013 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a mystery
Recommended to Chris by: tami hoag
Shelves: tami-hoag, series
ew York Times bestseller Tami Hoag is at the top of her form in her newest thriller, blending unforgettable characters, breakneck suspense, and chilling twists. It is the story of two hard-boiled cops who dare to cross the thin and dangerous line that separates good and evil as they risk their lives to investigate the suspicious death of one of their own. Sorry. The single word was written on the mirror. In front of it hung the body of Andy Fallon, a Minneapolis Internal Affairs cop. Was it suic ...more
Chintzy
I read the book a couple of months back so my review won’t be very reliable, I’m afraid. I have to admit that the summary of the book caught my interest during a book sale.

One thing about this book is that they have their own jargon. I was wondering whether it was me or the book that I couldn’t understand some of their conversations. (I hope it’s not me though.==) But I was pleased that I could recognize some of their forensic techniques used when investigating a crime scene and it gave me a sen
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Other Books in the Series

Kovac and Liska (5 books)
  • Ashes to Ashes (Kovac/Liska, #1)
  • Prior Bad Acts (Kovac/Liska, #3)
  • The 9th Girl (Kovac and Liska, #4)
  • The Bitter Season (Kovac and Liska, #5)
Ashes to Ashes (Kovac/Liska, #1) Secrets to the Grave (Oak Knoll, #2) Deeper Than the Dead (Oak Knoll, #1) Guilty as Sin  (Deer Lake, #2) Prior Bad Acts (Kovac/Liska, #3)

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