Kill The Messenger Paperback – 16 Nov 2005
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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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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.
I like books by Tami Hoag and have read many of them. My favourites are her romantic suspense. This book was more of a thriller, no romance building between hero and heroine. It does however have a very likeable detective Kev Parker.
The book was ok. The premise was good and there was a lot going on. Not perhaps edge of seat but enough. I felt however the book was missing something. I think for me I pick up a Tami Hoag because I want a romantic suspense to read so when I dont get it im disappointed. This book seems a change from what I expected.
However the book was ok with enough to hold a readers interest and I didn't guess who was behind it all. I would like to see Kev Parker again perhaps with a heroine to add something to the story.
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.
There are several key questions which must be answered when you review a book like this. Most important is probably, is it effective as a thriller; does it work? The answer is definitely yes. With Hoag, it is generally always yes, but in this case it is more of a yes than ever. (That's a bit of a silly sentence; forgive me.) But the main point is this: In terms of crafting effective, exciting thriller, Hoag gets better witrh every single book. With every single book she moves further from the sometimes-heavy romance that was such a distinctive feature of her early thrillers. Now, that romance was fine, and often would give her books a very sharp emotional edge that others didn't have, but it could occasionally get too much. Now she keeps it to a minimun (there's almost no romance here at all, just an emotional knowingness) and the thriller aspects can rise to the surface. Thus, Kill the Messenger is the most effective thriller she's written so far. As usual, it's populated with interesting and very-well drawn characters that the reader can feel attached to, even if they have a tendency towards cliche sometimes.
The bottom line, really, is that if you've never read Hoag's thrillers before, this is a great place to start. With every book her ability sharpens; with every book there is less superfluity: every book is increasingly tighter. And that's not even to say that her early books weren't very good thrillers anyway (Cry Wolf is particularly superb, I thought). Kill the Messenger isn't exactly a superb, socially insightful novel, but it's a very very effective thriller that isn't going to disappoint.
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Had me gripped the whole way through definitely worth a read and would recommend to anyone who wanted a gripping book to readPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the pace of this book. It quickly gets to the point and at times I didn't want to put it down. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Millie