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Ashes to ashes, Tami Hoag

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Ashes to ashes
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Ashes to ashes
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Tami Hoag
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eng
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FBI agent John Quinn and former FBI agent Kate Conlan pursue a serial killer of women in Minneapolis. The man tortures his victims, recording their screams on tape. By the author of A Thin Dark Line
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  • A gruesome serial killer is on the loose in Minneapolis, torturing and burning his victims. Kate Conlan, former FBI agent, is the advocate for the only witness, Angie, a street-tough juvenile who refuses to cooperate. She distrusts the police, making Kate's job more difficult. Moreover, she has given a vague description of the killer. To make matters worse for Kate, the latest victim may be the daughter of reclusive billionaire Peter Bondurant, who uses his connections to bring in John Quinn, the FBI's top profiler. He is a former associate of Kate's, and her love for him was one of the reasons she left the FBI. On one level, she wants to remove herself from the case but bonds with Angie and is frantic when she turns up missing. The reader is privy to the innermost thoughts of all the central characters, from the killer to the authorities working on the case, providing great insight into the frustrations of the heroes and the evils of the villain. This is a winning psychological thriller that will attract fans of Thomas Harris. Hoag's romance fans should note that this is not for the squeamish. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 1999)) -- Patty Engelmann
  • Rendezvous Review: Kate Conlan works for the victim/witness program. She is a former FBI agent. Her sharply honed instincts from that period of her life still serve her well. Kate has been specifically chosen to work with a witness who saw the serial killer, "The Cremator," burn his last victim. The witness is a young woman around 15 or 16. Kate does not like working with children -- they cause unwanted complications. The third victim of the serial killer is the daughter of one of the richest men in MN., Peter Bondurant. The previous murders had been prostitutes-but the last victim being Bondurant's daughter has the media swarming. Bondurant calls the director of the FBI and demands the services of Special Agent John Quinn, the best profiler in the FBI. Kate and John have a passionate past. They must contain their feelings and catch a murderer. This novel is brilliant, superb, provocative, and spellbindingly suspenseful. Ms. Hoag is a master in writing thrillers and she does not disappoint. Pat Kersten
  • Hoag (A Thin Dark Line) has a way of sneaking up on the reader in superior thriller tradition, taking her time in revealing monstrous images lurking in the dark corners. The Cremator, a Minneapolis serial killer, has been torturing prostitutes before incinerating them in local parks, but no one pays much attention until it appears that the third victim may be Jillian Bondurant, a billionaire's daughter. Former FBI agent Kate Conlan, now a victim/witness advocate, is enlisted to handle a reluctant teenage witness who claims to have seen the latest torching. Kate's life becomes further complicated when ace FBI profiler John Quinn is called in by Jillian's father. Kate and John share a personal history, he being one of the reasons she left the Bureau five years ago, and they must each contend with their painful past as they work together to catch the diabolical killer who appears to be taunting them at every turn. Hoag uses crisp dialogue effectively to distinguish the many diverse characters, while Kate and John's mirror-image Machiavellian work ethics justify both their mutual attraction and aversion. Devoting equal attention to the mystery of the serial killer's identity and the romantic tension between her engaging protagonists, Hoag does service to both, scripting love scenes worthy of George Clooney and Renee Russo, the Hollywood stars she mentions as look-alikes for her principals. Granting a humanizing dignity to the victims' corpses, she neatly sidesteps the graphic crudeness of some of her competitors, while still providing enough surprise twists and stomach-turning carnage to satisfy any heebie-jeebie enthusiast. Major ad/promo. (Mar.)
  • Kate Conlan, former FBI agent turned victims' advocate, becomes involved with the gruesome murders of a serial killer when she is asked to help a teenage witness who saw the man leaving the scene of his most recent crime. When FBI agent John Quinn is called in, we learn that Quinn and Conlan have a shared personal tragedy, and the stress of the case wreaks the usual havoc with their emotions. Hoag (A Thin Dark Line, LJ 2/15/97) is a good writer, and while she only has a certain amount of play in order to keep this novel within the bounds of romantic suspense, she manages to bring in a few surprises. While not everyone will find the sex and implied violence to their liking, readers who are partial to Mary Higgins Clark will enjoy this novel. Recommended for all suspense collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/98.]--Alicia Graybill, Lincoln City Libs., NE
  • Hoag continues to exploit the theme of mutilated women (A Thin Dark Line, 1997, etc.) in a romance thriller about the hunt for a serial killer. Someone in Minneapolis is tying down women, then raping, torturing, and killing them. While they're still alive, the attacker sticks knives into the soles of their feet, then cuts off their nipples and aureoles. After they die, he stabs them in a ritual pattern, slices off their tattoos, and burns their bodies beyond recognition; to relive his moments of triumph, he audiotapes their screams for mercy and death. He's the "Cremator": just another "sadistic sexual serial killer" with low self-esteem and an abused childhood behind him. His first two victims are prostitutes, but when he turns his hand to Jillian Bondurant, the daughter of a billionaire, Minnesota calls in FBI agent John Quinn, world-famous expert on serial killers and related ilk. In the Twin Cities, Quinn is reunited with his ex-lover Kate Conlan, a former FBI expert in violent crime and the only woman he could ever really love. After the death of her daughter and a bitter divorce, Kate has moved to Minnesota and become a victim- and witness-advocate. In that capacity, she's assigned to watch over Angle DiMarco, a runaway teenager who spied the Cremator while she was turning a trick in the park. As lots of tawdry details are dug up about Jillian (incest, etc.), the killer tortures and murders another woman, kills a small dog (in romance, always a sign of irredeemable evil), then begins to plot against Kate herself. Hoag's strong dose of S&M resolves in fire, blood, stabbings, and Kate spread-eagled on a table. Though Hoag grows more and more adept at juggling a complex plot, her sort of violent entertainment isn't for everyone. (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 1999)
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034364
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Hoag, Tami
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3558.O333
LC item number
A94 1999
Literary form
fiction
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Hoag, T.
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Series statement
Kovac/Liska
Series volume
1
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  • Serial murders
  • Serial murderers
  • Government investigators
  • Minneapolis (Minn.)
  • Government investigators
  • Serial murderers
  • Serial murders
  • Minnesota
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Ashes to ashes, Tami Hoag
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ocm40354884
Dimensions
25 cm
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484 pages
Isbn
9780553106336
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98051849
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unmediated
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Ashes to ashes, Tami Hoag
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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ocm40354884
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
484 pages
Isbn
9780553106336
Lccn
98051849
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other control number
9780553106336
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(OCoLC)40354884

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