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Kill the Messenger
by Tami Hoag
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Bantam, 2006 (2004)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Prolific writer Tami Hoag delves into the life of a bike messenger on the streets of L.A. in Kill the Messenger. Young Jace is on his last run of the day when he runs into a snag his client has been beaten to death! Living a trifle less than a legal life himself, he tries to back away from the crime only to be pursued by someone he believes is the murderer.

Enter Kev Parker a demoted and disgraced police detective. When the police investigation centers on the messenger, Parker is skeptical. His own inquiries turn up a multi-faceted case but his life style works against him. Some of Hoag's characters the baddies seem chillingly real. The cops prove corrupt surprise, surprise. Parker is a complex loner whom you would like to know.

Fast-paced Kill the Messenger is action-packed, a real page-turner. A shocker of a climax wraps up a really good read. Hoag's subsequent release Prior Bad Acts brings her total of novels to an even dozen. I have not yet read her twelfth, but soon shall. I hope she plans to make the count at least a baker's dozen.

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