Hoag’s immense popularity—15 consecutive best-sellers—is based not only on her well-oiled, finely calibrated plots but also on her sensitivity to the painful interface between family troubles and crime and the complex demands women detectives face, especially one of her most popular characters, “small but mighty” Nikki Liska of Minneapolis. Last seen in Prior Bad Acts (2006) with her partner, Sam Kovac, Liska is a single mother currently worried about her caring and artistic 15-year-old son, Kyle. Guilt and fear build as she and Kovacs work around the clock to identify a horribly mutilated young woman found dead on New Year’s Eve and figure out if she is the ninth victim of the serial killer they sardonically call Doc Holiday. As the investigation veers awfully close to Liska’s home, Hoag makes shrewd use of the roles cell phones and social media play in teens’ lives as forums for bonding and bullying. Hoag’s prose is martial-arts quick and precise, her humor is high-voltage, and her insights into the misery of high school, the toxicity of divorce, and the extreme psychosis of a serial killer are knowing and thought-provoking. HIGH-DEMAND BACK STORY: Liska and Kovac are huge draws for Hoag fans, and Hoag’s latest, one of her very best, will be promoted with major radio and blog tours and abundant advertising and press coverage. --Donna Seaman
Praise for THE 9TH GIRL
“Hoag’s prose is martial-arts quick and precise, her humor is high-voltage, and her insights into the misery of high school, the toxicity of divorce, and the extreme psychosis of a serial killer are knowing and thought-provoking…one of her very best.” - Booklist
"The 9th Girl...
is cannily plotted and peppered with some of the sharpest dialogue in the business." - Entertainment Weekly "
Outstanding! Tami Hoag continues to set the standard for excellence in her genre." - Suspense Magazine
"Gripping"- Publishers Weekly
Praise for Down the Darkest Road
“A mesmerizing psychological drama on loss, guilt, frustration and implacable, unexplainable evil.” - Kirkus
“Hoag keeps tight control over her plot in this book, raising the tension with every page that turns. She knows her characters, both good and bad, and intensifies the conflict in the most absorbing way. Not every writer of suspense can manage it so successfully, but Hoag does it from beginning to end.” —Huffington Post
“Newcomers will have no trouble getting into this suspense novel rich in pre-DNA detecting methods.” — Publishers Weekly
“…the story zooms along to a satisfyingly creepy conclusion.” — USA Today
“Once again, bestselling Hoag plots craftily and creates characters readers root for.”—Kirkus Reviews
"The chilling premise and exciting twists make Hoag's thriller in every sense of the word. Guaranteed to be in high demand" - Booklist
“Stunning…Here [Hoag] stands above the competition, creating complex characters who evolve more than those in most thrillers. The breathtaking plot twists are perfectly paced in this compulsive page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly
“One of the most intense suspense writers around.” —Chicago Tribune