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A Thin Dark Line Hardcover – March 3, 1997

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Vigilantism can be swift and lethal, but it does not always carry the banner of justice. For Deputy Sheriff Annie Broussard, an attempt to honor the law traps her between the prime suspect in a vicious crime and her own colleagues on the force. And she's unsure which side, if either, is to be trusted. Set in the bayou country of Louisiana, A Thin Dark Line explores dark psychological territory while weaving through a complex plot rife with sordid characters and unlikely heroes. As the author of Night Sins and Guilty as Sin, Tami Hoag lives up to her reputation as a master of suspense.

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Coming off her best-selling hit, Guilty As Sin (LJ 2/1/96), Hoag sets her latest in Bayou Breaux, a fictional Cajun town. A woman is brutally murdered, and everyone, from cops to citizenry, is convinced that the deed was done by Marcus Renard, a fellow she charged with stalking shortly before her death. Renard is set free on a technicality only to be beaten insensible by the chief detective on the case, Nick Fourcade, a patois-speaking recluse with a dark past. Fourcade is arrested by Annie Broussard, an idealistic young sheriff's deputy and the only woman on the force. Because she stands up for what she believes is right, Annie is hounded from her job by the good-ol'-boy cop network. She then joins forces with Fourcade to solve the murder and a series of rapes. Hoag almost scuttles her own story by making the first 200 pages dull and repetitive before finally settling down to let the characters evolve and the story take its own dark, satisfying turns. This doesn't work completely, but her fans won't mind. For popular collections.
-?Laurel A. Wilson, Alexandrian P.L, Mount Vernon, Ind.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (March 3, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553099604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553099607
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Thin Dark Line returns to the French Triangle, the setting of two earlier books, Lucky's Lady and Cry Wolf. Those of you who have not already read Cry Wolf may want to read it before reading Thin Dark Line as the killer and the victims in Cry Wolf are revealed in Thin Dark Line.
A few years after the Bayou Strangler's reign of terror is ended, Bayou Breaux again terrorized by a killer. After a prominent businesswoman's mutilated body is found, her accused stalker is investigated and arrested for the murder. Charges of corruption in the Sheriff's Office, tainted evidence, and a legal technicality set Marcus Renard free. Renard now focuses his obsession on Sheriff's Deputy Annie Broussard, the officer who found the body. Broussard feels an obligation to the murdered woman, and to the woman's child, to find and punish her killer.
Deciding to use Renard's obsession to get close enough to him to prove his guilt, Annie is caught in a dangerous crossfire. Her only ally is Detective Nick Fourcade, a rogue cop with a reputation of corruption and violence. Annie can't be sure if Fourcade is helping her or using her, since it was his investigation, his evidence, and his mistake that allowed a brutal murderer go free. Fourcade's only hope of redeeming himself and his reputation is in the hands of the woman most likely to die next.
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This was the first Tami Hoag book I ever read, and what brought me to check out city, were three things: the Louisiana setting (no place like it); the packaging (red attracts me like a bull); and that enchanting storyline on the back cover.
From page one, I was captivated by Annie's courage and wit. I love a determined female protaganist who fights for what she wants, and Nick--well, let's just say, we need more men like him.
A murderer goes free based on a technicality, and a town is embroiled in a lynching type of mentality. Annie, is a straight-arrow deputy, whose loyalties are challenged when she is forced to arrest fellow officer, Nick, who is beating the acquitted murderer, Marcus to a pulp in a darkened alley.
The story is awesome, especially when set against a Cajun background, and with that spicy, local flavor thrown into the mix, how could you go wrong?
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Harrowing and smoldering by turns, I loved reading--experiencing--this book. The setting was fantastic, the characters gripping. The story and plot were woven together with enough spice and chill and flair to truly hold my interest. I've just discovered Tami Hoag with "Guilty as Sin", but I enjoyed "A Thin Dark Line" even more. Similar to the former, I could only read a few chapters at a time; it's rather like eating very rich food: a taste is stupendous, it fills you up quickly, too much is a shock to the system, but it always leaves you wanting more. Excellent.
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This book is almost 600 pages long. The first chapters are a bit confusing as it jumps back and forth between a killer's thoughts and reality. Plus, there are a lot of characters names to familiarize yourself with at the start and this can be a bit much. The french-cajun phrases did throw me off at first, but then I finally found the glossary of terms at the end of the book. The first 150 pages are slow and tedius, but set the background. I think a lot of this could have been summed up quicker, but if you can make it past that point, the suspense does begin to build quickly and does not stop until the very end.

This plot was a bit creepy in the sense that I found myself checking the locks on the doors as I read late into the night. It did not help that the story line is about a serial rapist/killer who sneaks into women's homes at night when they are in bed and alone, which I was when I read this book. All in all, I would have to say that for a susense/thriller it was fairly decent.

There is even a touch of romance thrown into the plot, but you don't see any signs of that until near page 200. The one thing I did like about that in comparison to other romantic suspense novels is that the relationship seemed a bit more realistic in the sense that it was not instant. Over the course of working together side by side and having their lives turned upside down, the two find themselves bonding with one another when they normally would have held up their defenses. The only part of this that bothered me was that in a book of almost 600 pages, you would think that the author would really express what emotions the characters were feeling or some more of their past that made them who they were.
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This is the first Tami Hoag book I've read. This thriller is typical of other whodoit books out currently. Annie Broussard is a novice cop looking to make detective one day. A savage murder to a woman occurs in Bayo Breaux (of course cajun Louisianna) that Annie starts following, even though its not her case. When the suspect gets off on a technicality is when things start to really heat up. Fourcade, your typical brooding detective goes for a little vigilante justice. Annie breaks it up and incurs the wrath of the department. Annie and Fourcade team up to try to solve the case.

Things I enjoyed about the book: The setting and cajun talk in the book were believable and made you really feel you were there. Annie and Fourcade were well written and made you really understand and root for them.

Things I didn't enjoy: The trash talk in the Sherriff's office was a bit too much. I know that sounds prudish; I enjoy some to make it "authentic" like in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books but this seemed a bit over the top. I thought Tami Hoag overplayed how much happens to Annie--too many bad problems kept happening decreased the believability for me. The ending didn't fit as well as I thought it could have.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it.
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