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Tami Hoag (nee Mikkelson) was born on January 20, 1959, in Cresco, Iowa. Her first novel, The Trouble with J. J., was published in 1988. Hoag's other works include Night Sins, Guilty as Sin, The Alibi Man, Prior Bad Acts, Dark Horse, Kill the Messenger, Deeper Than the Dead, and Down the Darkest Road. She is a past recipient of the Career Achievement Award from the Romantic Times and she writes novels in both the romance and the thriller genres. Hoag's series titles include: The Oak Knoll Series, The Loveswept Series, and the Kovac/Liska Series.
In Hoag's newest thriller (after The Alibi Man), the year is 1985; DNA evidence and the Internet are distant glimmers on the horizon. In a sleepy California suburb, four children stumble across the body of a dead woman in the park. Young hotshot detective Tony Mendez is convinced the woman is the third victim of a serial killer and solicits the FBI. His call reaches the ears of Vince Leone, a pioneer in profiling, just returning from medical leave. The children's discovery also draws teacher Anne Navarre into the mystery. Once the team is in place, the race is on to find the killer before he strikes again.
Verdict: Thoughit has all the elements of a serial killer thriller, Hoag's latest is really a "family thriller". Intertwining the effects of the crime on her characters, the attempt is satisfactory. Also recommended for those who enjoyed Tana French's In the Woods.
-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI
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When three children stumble on a shallow grave in 1984, an idyllic California community is rocked to its core. The victim is a young woman, her eyes and lips sealed closed, a blind and silent witness to an unspeakable crime. The third victim in two years' time, it's clear that a serial killer has come calling.
As a member of the FBI's fledgling criminal profiling unit, Special Agent Tony Mendez knows serial killers. It quickly becomes apparent that the See-No-Evil killer is no ordinary psychopath. The profile paints a portrait of a man easily trusted, well respected, and intelligent--a man no one would suspect.
Dr. Peter Crane fits the bill. A pillar of the community, he volunteers at a center for disadvantaged women--a center the victims had all attended. Crane is also a beloved husband and father to a ten-year-old son, Tommy, who was one of the three children to discover the grave. Needing insight into Peter Crane's world, Mendez asks Anne Navarre, Tommy's fifth-grade teacher, to find out what she can. It's a request Anne finds both intriguing and unethical--much like Mendez himself.
Then a new victim leads to a different suspect--a man whose son was another of the three children to find the grave but a man whose position in the community is also above reproach, a sheriff's deputy. As the connections between the two families become increasingly tangled, it seems clear that one of these children holds the key to a serial killer's double life... and a revelation of evil so dark, so deep, no one may survive.
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