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Ashes to Ashes [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Tami Hoag , Melissa Leo
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Oct 2003
He performs his profane ceremony in a wooded Minneapolis park, anointing his victims, then setting the bodies ablaze. He has already claimed three lives, and he won’t stop there. Only this time there is a witness. But she isn’t talking.

Enter Kate Conlan, former FBI agent turned victim/witness advocate. Not even she can tell if the reluctant witness is a potential victim or something more troubling still. Her superiors are interested only because the latest victim may be the daughter of Peter Bondurant, an enigmatic billionaire. When Bondurant pulls strings, Special Agent John Quinn gets assigned to the case. But the FBI’s ace profiler of serial killers is the last person Kate wants to work with, not with their troubled history. Now she faces the most difficult role of her career–and her life. For she’s the only woman who has what it takes to stop the killer . . . and the one woman he wants next.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743532953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743532952
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,398,897 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 the Hardcover edition.


The "New York Times" bestseller! "Without a 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 the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read 11 Dec 1999
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better 21 May 1999
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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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me hooked! 19 Mar 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!!! 6 July 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Book 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Ashes to Ashes 20 Aug 2013
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Like every book of Tami's, you just can't put it down till you find out who did it. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my kind of book 21 April 2013
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I enjoy Tami Hoag's books, I didn't guess who the killer was!!! having read many of her books I enjoy the dark humour and the one liners that the detectives throw about,

if you enjoy a good detective/murder story then give it a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping
Couldn't put it down, I felt I was right there, Hoag really knows how to light a scene. Dark and troubled with a rekindled romance, you can't ask for more.
Published 15 months ago by Heather Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Summary of Ashes to Ashes
Very good. Kept me captivated for the whole book and I hope there are more like this in you library
Published 15 months ago by Janet Mackinnon
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
This is the first in the Kovac/Liska series. I read the third in this series some time ago and am reading the books out of sequence. Read more
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A good quality recording of an excellent story. Filled a lot of boring miles in the car. Loses 1 star for not so good CD 'case'. Read more
Published on 17 April 2011 by M. Rogers
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and flowery
I must asy that I din't feel that this was one of Tami's best books. She has improved immensely as time has gone by. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cop thriller
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. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2010 by DemelzaCat
5.0 out of 5 stars I love her books
I've read quite a few Tami Hoag books, and have yet to read one that ddin't enthrall me from start to finish. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2001 by Ms. S. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book i've read... well... ever
This book had me gripped like no other has ever managed to do. It has in fact inspired me to write a crime novel of my own. Read more
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