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Tami Hoag
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3 Mar 2005
At the end of long, hard day battling LA street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon is called on to make one last pick-up at a sleazy defence attorney's office - Leonard Lowell. Jace is tired, stressed and needs to get home to check up on his little brother who he's single-handedly bringing up. He makes the pick-up, but the delivery address turns out to be a vacant lot, a car tries to run him down, and Jace only just escapes. He arrives back at Lowell's office to find it trashed, Lowell dead, and himself the prime suspect. Jace is forced to elude both the police and the men who want him dead whilst he attempts to find evidence with which to clear his name. He also has to try to keep Ty, his brother, safe from someone prepared to kill...

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (3 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075285948X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752859484
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,913,189 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.

Author photo (c) Jan Cobb

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"Tami Hoag is one of those writers whose thrillers don't have to keep telling you they're exciting; they just drag you along, willingly. Marvellous characters, an intelligent plot, with humour. Highly recommended." (GUARDIAN, 4 December )

"A thriller writer who doesn't shirk on the twists and turns, Hoag is unswervingly competent and entertaining. Smart banter abounds. But despite all the hard-boiled business, Hoag has a woman's touch... here's a thriller with something for everyone." (Andrea Henry DAILY MIRROR, 19 November )

"If you like your thillers to be of the white knuckle variety -- prepare yourself for a tense time. Tami Hoag has excelled herself with the fast-paced and cleverly chilling Kill The Messenger. A fabulous thriller that has surprises right to the end." (PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH, 20 November )

"Hoag is a terrific crime writer and this is one of her best." (Mark Timlin THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, 2 January 2005 )

"A thriller that doesn't have to keep telling you that it's exciting, but just drags you along for the ride." (HIGH & I (Highbury & Islington), 17 December 04 )

"This is another high-octane thriller set in the grimy backstreets of Los Angeles which proves Hoag to be a cut above many of her competitiors. She devises a cleverly constructed plot, terse, clean prose, and credible characters." (WESTERN DAILY PRESS, 15 Jan ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fast run through Los Angeles 16 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
This is my first Tami Hoag novel it will not be my last. This is a fast moving story full of thrills and spills. Jace Damon (our hero) is a messenger boy.He delivers messages for all kinds of people and his transport is his bike.At the end of a long day his last pick up point is at the office of a not so clean defence attorney. He picks up the package and takes it to the address only to find the address is a vacant lot. He returns to the attorneys office only to find him dead.The next thing our hero finds is that he is wanted by the police for the murder.He then finds that someone is trying to kill him. What was in the packet that the attorney gave him? This is a fast moving thriller that never halts to catch its breath. Nither does our hero. A very good read well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Which came first? The Title or the Novel??? 6 Dec 2007
Format:Hardcover
Contrived is how this novel strikes me. Contrived around a title. I suspect the title came first. It would explain a lot.

I don't buy the storyline. None of it. It has all the believability of a one hour episode of CSI: Miami dragged out to make a full-length book. I find it hard to believe that the "Messenger" in question would persue the course of action that he does...but, of course, if he didn't then there wouldn't be a novel. And, furthermore, because of the course of action he takes, I have little sympathy with him.

I'd previously read Dust To Dust by Tami Hoag and enjoyed it. If anything, this book demonstrates a lack of consistancy. It happens to the best of writers - Jonathan Kellerman, for one. Maybe this one is a blip. Still, I wouldn't recommend it if you are into crime novels that are halfway credible. I'd certainly think twice before picking up another one by her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't shoot the messenger 22 Jun 2007
By A. Chell VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
If you're looking for crime & suspense whodunnit novels to read on holiday, I can recommend this for your list. The pacing is excellent and the characters - by and large - believable, while the plot is sufficiently straightforward for the reader to put the book down and not be confused when you pick it back up - though there are plenty of places in the book when you won't want to put it down.

A few elements of characterisation seem pointless (so what if Jace's brother has an IQ of 168?) and the Chinese characters are little more than stereotypes, but on the whole, such things fail to grate. Treat it like the novelisation of a decent TV cop movie and you won't go far wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner 7 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
This is a fast paced page turner. It starts with the murder of a lawyer. And then follows the parrallel stories of Detective Parker, who is working the homicide. And the Damon brothers, who have not had an easy life...and it is not about to get easier. Jace Damon is the target of a blackmailer and is running from the police. The plot takes a number of interesting twists. It was written in such a manner, that I had no clue who was being backmailed until the the author reveals the identity in a the last few pages of the novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner 7 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
This is a fast paced page turner. It starts with the murder of a lawyer. And then follows the parrallel stories of Detective Parker, who is working the homicide. And the Damon brothers, who have not had an easy life...and it is not about to get easier. Jace Damon is the target of a blackmailer and is running from the police. The plot takes a number of interesting twists. It was written in such a manner, that I had no clue who was being backmailed until the the author reveals the identity in a the last few pages of the novel.
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