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Ashes to Ashes Mass Market Paperback – Aug 2000


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Reprint edition (Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553579606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553579604
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,786,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tami Hoag's novels have appeared on international bestseller lists regularly since the publication of her first book in 1988. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages worldwide and over twenty-million copies of her books are in print. Tami is a dedicated equestrian in the discipline of dressage and shares her home with two English cocker spaniels. She lives in Palm Beach County, Florida.

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Tough over-achieving Kate was driven out of the FBI by her agent ex-husband and his chums; in a change of career, she works with victims and other witnesses in Minneapolis. When a local serial killer, the so-called Cremator, moves from prostitutes to the daughter of a leading local businessman, and is seen burning what is presumably her headless body, Kate is called in to talk to the untrustworthy street urchin witness, who clearly knows somewhat more than she is saying. To make Kate's life worse, the expert psychologist brought in on the case is Quinn, the man over whom she wrecked her marriage. There is a surprising amount of taut personal stuff in Hoeg's version of a stock forensic psychological thriller--Kate and Quinn have to come to terms with their past to clear their heads for the task in hand. There is also an acute sense of the internal politics of law enforcement and the pressures that both the rich and the powerless can bring to bear in the attempt to impose their wills on an investigation. This is a thriller pervaded by bitter irony and by a sense of what many such books forget--the tragedy of each gratuitous death.--Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The "New York Times" bestseller! "Without a doubt...one of the most intense suspense writers around."--"Chicago Tribune" "[Tami Hoag] demonstrates just why she has become one of the hottest names in the suspense game....Bottom line: Leaves competition in the dust."--"People" "[A] detail-packed thriller...The Silence of the Lambs comes to mind more than once."--"Entertainment Weekly" "Tami Hoag is the queen of the crime story."--"New York Post" "You'll want to lock the doors while you're reading."--"Star Tribune," Minneapolis "An up-all-night read."--"The Detroit News" "From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec 1999
Format: Paperback
Tami Hoag's Ashes to Ashes is fast-paced and skillfully crafted.
A serial killer is out to get prostitutes in Minneapolis and an ex-FBI female profiler, Kate Conlan, now working as a lowly witness-advocate, finds herself in the middle of the action. There are tough cops (both male and female) and a Mr. Cool top FBI master profiler, John Quinn, all of whose paths criss-cross over incinerated bodies and a building public relations disaster when a local millionaire's daughter disappears and is presumed a victim of "Smokey Joe's" -- the serial killer who likes burning his victims in public places.
Somewhat predictably, Conlan and Quinn make it to the sack since they happen to be ex-lovers, who both feel terribly frustrated with their post-affair, separate lives. Thankfully, Hoag keeps the sex well below saturation so that we can concentrate on the task of nailing Smokey Joe.
The plot is somewhat squishy at times, but the main characters sound very real and hard at work of putting the bad guys behind bars. Hoag's cop language is thoroughly convincing. Situations evolve quickly and lead into smooth transfers to the next (unanticipated) twist of events. As for winter in Minneapolis, it sounds awful, a true beastly affair of snow and mud under lead-colored skies.
And yes.... the serial killer turns out to be the most unlikely person in the Ashes to Ashes line up.
This is an honest cop thriller. On my Page Turner scale of 0 (worst) to 10 (best), it comfortably scores a 7 plus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 1999
Format: Paperback
I have just finished this book and couldn't put it down. Tami Hoag just keeps getting better and, rarely for me, I didn't solve everything before the end. Look forward to the next one!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book gripped me from start to finish, I could not put it down, however, not a book for the faint hearted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Howard on 19 Mar 2012
Format: Paperback
One of the first Tami Hoag books I read. I am now an avid fan thanks to Ashes to Ashes and intend on reading every single one of her novels! I could not put this book down.
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By DemelzaCat on 28 Mar 2010
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I read Dust to Dust first and really enjoyed it. I felt Ashes to Ashes was not quite as brilliant but a good read nonetheless. The cop speak and characters are great, but I do wish the author would leave off the slushy romance stuff which she doesn't do as well (although this book isn't as painful in this respect as Night Sins). I like Tami Hoag for her strong female characters (except for when they go all weak at the knees for the leading man) but she's not in the same league as John Grisham or Michael Connelly.
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By A Customer on 21 Dec 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book by Tami Hoag. You feel glad to know that the doors are safetly locked while reading it! I enjoyed the strong characters and the gruesome deeds of the Cremator. She kept me turning the pages over right until the very end to find out if my suspicions about the identity of the killer were right.
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I couldn't put this book down. One of best books I have ever read. Not for the faint hearted. Brilliant writing Tami Hoag.
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By B M Charlesworth on 3 Oct 2013
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Tami Hoag never fails to entertain. Her books always keep me going until the very end. Superb story teller. I look forward to the next one!
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