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Kill the Messenger

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  8,216 ratings  ·  463 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 July 6th 2004)
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This is a stand alone book and probably one of my favorites by Ms Hoag. I've recently discovered her writing and have gone back and read most of her books (opted out of most of her earlier romance novels). At first I didn't think I was going to like the book this much but I was totally pulled into the story.
May 26, 2013 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 ...more
Kathy Gange
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great thriller lots of suspense. don't know why I waited so long to read this one.
Dec 22, 2008 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 ...more
Janie Johnson
Nov 30, 2016 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
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been meaning to re-read Tami Hoag's Kill the Messenger as I recall it to be an excellent read, and I gave it high marks the first time around, practically a decade ago. I'm happy to say I wasn't wrong then. This book is still one of the most gripping and compelling reads out there. The humanity of the characters is what drew me in the first time, and again now, I loved all the main players. There's"disgraced" LAPD detective Kev Parker, the young bike messenger, Jace Damon and his little ...more
Apr 04, 2008 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.
Feb 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
The story was kind of dry in this book and a couple times it was hard to follow.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 05, 2015 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,
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,
Sep 20, 2011 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 ...more
Mar 04, 2009 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 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.
Bookish Enchantment (Katherine Quirke)
My first Tami Hoag book and a good choice to. Terrific easy to read thriller. Highly recommended.
Oct 31, 2014 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.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This one was a surprising pleasuring reading. I was skeptical at first, but it changed fast by the thrill and the succession of calamities that, at first, our protagonist was dragged in. After the thrilling start, Hoag starts to develop the characters and there was when I realized that the protagonist was a whole different person. More experienced hence wiser and with a lot of background for a good and fulfilling development. For a short story, she managed to do a good job towards him and
Cheryl Simmons
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
We bought this book at the Maui Friends of the Library store (a really good second hand book store). It was the perfect beach vacation read. The ending was not quite believable, but, all in all, a fun read.
Larry Hamilton
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first Tami Hoag novel I’ve read. The interesting storyline was somewhat complex and involved blackmail, murder and a lot of characters. The plot moved along well although many of the characters annoyingly spoke using witty one-liners and every cliche know to man (no pun intended).
Sara Barton
Oct 16, 2014 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
Robin Reynolds
Dec 13, 2015 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
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
4.5 stars
This 2004 novel was amazingly entertaining. Hoag rarely disappoints me.

Jace Damon, a young bike messenger in LA takes on a call from his employer at the end of his work day to pickup and deliver one last package from an attorney’s office in a shady low-rent area. He doesn’t want to do it on this rainy evening but needs the money. He’ll often wished he had passed it up. He picks up the package from this sleazy defense attorney and heads out with the envelope taped to his torso so it won
Apr 16, 2011 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 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
Laurie Tomchak
Mar 15, 2014 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 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 ...more
Dec 29, 2015 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 ...more
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
Kirsten Buckner-Roberts
3.5 stars
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, mystery
A pretty generic mystery/thriller. A young bike messenger finds himself attacked when he tries to deliver a package to a non-existent package. The bottom feeder lawyer who prepared the package is found dead soon afterwards. So the bike messenger tries to figure out what's going on, while flying totally under the radar. His main concern is keeping his younger brother safe, and since they've been living off the grid for a decade, that seems feasible, even though his sudden disappearance turns him ...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
“They don't matter. I thought I had to prove something, and I did, to myself. There's nothing left for me to prove. I can move on with my life.” 11 likes
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