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Dust to Dust (Kovac and Liska #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  10,698 Ratings  ·  359 Reviews
Andy Fallon, a police officer, hangs dead in his bedroom. A week later Iron Mike Fallon, a former cop and Andy's father, shoots himself with his service revolver. Detectives Nikki Liska and Sam Kovac are not happy with the suspicious circumstances and the swift closing of both cases. They continue to nose around, causing unexpected people to react to their search with pani ...more
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Published August 1st 2002 by Simon & Schuster Audio (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.
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

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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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CD {Boulder Blvd}
Another good mystery for Kovac and Liska. Both Kovac and Liska are solid characters and I really enjoyed this one. I did figure out the "bad guys", but the journey to their guilt was solid. I liked how the past and present crimes were woven together. There were a couple of sad items, but...

One item that I don't enjoy is the present tense sections by the one "bad guy". I know this is Ms. Hoag's style, but I tended to skim these short sections. For whatever reason, present tense is like nails on a
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 03, 2015 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.
Sandra Ribeiro
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, thriller
Anisa Jackson
(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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this in the car on CD. Good plot, but the prose is really turgid.
Gloria Bernal
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This is an older book by Hoag (pub. 2000) that I found in my personal library. I didn’t think I’d read it so I gave it a go. I think I read the prequel to this one, Ashes to Ashes, back 20 yrs ago, as a couple of references to characters from that first one sounded familiar to me.

This is the 2nd in this series featuring homicide detectives Sam Kovac and his partner Nikki Liska. It is not necessary to read Ashes to Ashes first, as this can stand alone. This one starts our slow, no big
This was good, however I think it was a little dragged out and took awhile to keep the suspense out. But I do like the Kovacs and Liska characters.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this author & her murder mysteries. This is the 2nd book with these same 2 solid detectives, but it really stands alone. I guessed some of it, but not all. This kept my attention & interest.
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Jason Kurtz
Dec 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
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
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Liska and Kovak series. It’s the middle of the freezing winter in Minnesota, and yet there are more murders to solve. They are being staged to look like suicides but our dedicated detectives just can’t let it go.

There is a typical gorgeous strong female lieutenant - who has of course an intriguing checkered past. Kovak’s interest in her, twists with an investigation that is 20 years old. By pulling that thread he finds all sorts of dark secrets he wasn’t expecting.

Liska i
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Dust to Dust better than Ashes to Ashes. This book, like 9th Girl, centered around the homicide detectives Liska and Kovac. The private lives of these two characters as well as their working relationship I find more interesting than that of Quinn and Conlan who were featured in Ashes to Ashes. But I was happy that Hoag was able to squeeze in an update on the status of Quinn and Conlan in this book. The story had a lot going on so I was glad I was able to read big chunks at a time so I co ...more
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Kara Hansen
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.
Freda Witt
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series. I like the people. They have real problems, like the rest of us.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually enjoy her books but I just couldn't get into this one
May 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Matig. Kwam er niet in. Veel personages, onduidelijke verhaallijn. Pakte me gewoon niet.
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