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Kill the Messenger


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Tami Hoag's novels have appeared regularly on national bestseller lists since the publication of her first book in 1988. She lives in Los Angeles.


Hoag's success (Dark Horse; Guilty as Sin), evidenced once again in this engaging new thriller, is the triumph of substance over style. In a genre overrun with self-conscious jargon, brooding descriptions and fragments masquerading as sentences, her clean, measured prose-full, balanced sentences delivered at a steady pace-doesn't so much create an ominous mood as draw the reader into the worlds of her characters. Here, before they know it, readers are invested in the dilemma of Los Angeles bike messenger Jace (J.C.) Damon, on the run after picking up a package from high-powered attorney Lenny Lowell, who is subsequently murdered. Orphaned Jace lives under society's radar in Chinatown, with his 10-year-old brother, Tyler; his surrogate family includes sassy dispatcher Eta Fitzgerald and the Chen clan, the boy's closest neighbors. Similarly, the police in pursuit are an unconventional, if dysfunctional, family: long-suffering lead detective Kev Parker; his annoying and ambitious new partner, Renee Ruiz; squabbling second-string detectives Jimmy Chew and Bradley Kyle; and coroner Diane Nicholson, who is also Kev's lover. The wild card in the game is Lowell's daughter, Abby, volatile and full of secrets, which Hoag reveals at appropriate intervals. A link to Hollywood provides a burst of fresh energy in the later chapters of this character-driven, solidly constructed thriller. Agent, Andrea Cirillo. (July 6) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Fernanda Barnes, the mother of three, is struggling to make ends meet since the death of her husband, Allan. Allan, once worth half-a-billion dollars, lost all his money in bad investments before committing suicide. Peter Morgan, a Harvard MBA convicted of drug dealing, is released after four years in prison. He promises to transform his life and take care of his daughters. Phillip Addison, an unscrupulous business tycoon, makes Peter an offer he can't refuse. Unfortunately, these characters are unexceptional, and the plot is unsurprising and uneventful. Fans of Steel might find this book, read by Ron McLarty, appealing, but it is not a necessary purchase.-Carol Stern, Glen Cove P.L., NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"In a genre overrun with self-conscious jargon, brooding descriptions and fragments masquerading as sentences, her clean, measured prose--full, balanced sentences delivered at a steady pace--doesn't so much create an ominous mood as draw the reader into the worlds of her characters."--Publishers Weekly"Brisk ... Scandal-prone detective Kev Parker ... gives Kill the Messenger its juice and keeps readers hooked."--San Francisco Chronicle Books

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