Prior Bad Acts : Kovac and Liska

  • by Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by Holter Graham
  • Series: Kovac and Liska
  • 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl's prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry, and puts the judge in grave danger. When an unknown assailant attacks Judge Moore in a parking garage, two of Minneapolis' top cops are called upon to solve the crime and keep the judge from further harm. Detective Sam Kovac is as hard-boiled as they come, and his wisecracking partner, Nikki Liska, isn't far behind. Neither one wants to be on this case, but when Karl Dahl escapes from custody, everything changes, and a seemingly straightforward case cartwheels out of control. The stakes go even higher when the judge is kidnapped, snatched out of her own bed even as the police sit outside, watching her house. Now Kovac and Liska must navigate through a maze of suspects that includes the stepson of a murder victim, a husband with a secret life, and a rogue cop looking for revenge where the justice system failed. With no time to spare, the detectives are pulled down a strange dark trail of smoke and mirrors, where no one is who they seem and everyone is guilty of Prior Bad Acts.


What the Critics Say

"The breathtaking plot twists are perfectly paced in this compulsive page-turner." (Publishers Weekly)
"A first-rate thriller with an ending that will knock your socks off." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

maybe a 3 1/2

This was a good book. I liked the main characters and their bantering back and forth. The story and the twists were good too. The narrator was too breathy when the characters were stressed. I don't remember him being this noticable in other readings.
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- mary

Could not finish

Let me start off by saying that I am a woman so when I say women have no right to write crime novels this is from my womens point of view. When I want to read a crime novel I expect it to be down dirty and gritty. If I want to read a love story then I will buy one but you can not mix the two which is what she was trying to do. I didnt want to know how horrible her marriage was or what her politcal believes are. Just give me a good old sit on the edge of your seat who done it right up until the end book. By the way this book was so bad I could not even finish. I also will not listen to a book that is narrated by a woman because they are horrible at the different voices. This narrator sounded just like a women his voice was very irritating. The villians sounded like little kids. As a side note when I read reviews on my crime novels from now on I will make sure that I rely on only mens review weather or not it was good.
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- Muchelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2006
  • Publisher: Random House Audio