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The 9th Girl (2013)

by Tami Hoag

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Series: Kovac & Liska (4)

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A girl seemingly jumps from the trunk of a car on New Year's Eve. The ninth victim of a vicious serial killer. Or is she? Because of the condition of the body she is dubbed "Zombie Doe" by the police. The sixteen year old victim is a local high school girl - different, an outcast with few friends. Sam Kovacs and Nikki Liska have had precious little sleep and are exhusted from chasing 'Doc Holiday' - the nickname for the killer they believe is abducting young victims and subjecting them to torture and eventually death.

Meanwhile, on a personal note... Nikki Liska's kids are growing uo- her oldest, Kyle is becoming a young man and a talented artist. He is also being bullied at his fancy private school. She is hard pressed to know what to do and with so little time to do it, she feels like a failure. Kovacs is a cop with no life but tons of dedication to the job. Together with their team, such as it is, they try to end the string of victims.

The 9th Girl" offers more than just chills and twists and turns. It focuses on a real modern day situation of busy and often unattentive adults who have no idea that their children are engaging in reckless and destructive behavior. This story, which is every parents worse nightmare, brings home the importance of getting to know our children, playing an active role in their lives, and reminding them frequently how much they are loved. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
On New Year's Eve, homicide detectives Nikki Liska and Sam Kovac investigate the brutal murder of a teenage girl whose body pops out of a trunk of a moving vehicle after hitting a pothole in the road. The detectives wonder if this is another victim of the still-at-large serial killer, Doc Holiday, who is known for committing murders on holidays. As they investigate further, there is also the chance that this may be a stand-alone crime, since the victim was not well-liked and not looked upon too kindly by many of the people in her life.

The story was enjoyable and interesting and also had a subplot dealing with high-school bullying. Liska and Kovac made a great team and worked well off each other. I really liked Nikki's son, Kyle, who stood up to the bullies and wouldn't give in to them. There was a varied cast of characters, many of the type that you love to hate. The story was well paced so that it remained entertaining throughout. ( )
  PaulaLT | Jan 18, 2016 |
Tami Hoag delivers another cleverly plotted mystery crime thriller THE 9TH GIRL (Kovac and Liska #4). Its New Year’s Eve in the brutal winter, a woman’s body in a trunk.

Brutalized and named Zombie Jane Doe. Unrecognizable, is she the 9th nameless female and victim of the madman and serial killer, Doc Holiday?

My favorite partners in crime duo, Nikki Liska and Sam Kovac are on the case. Crossing America, Doc Holiday chooses his victims, snatching them and leaving them in another city, while on holiday. Is this a copycat or is this the work of Doc? Who is the 9th girl? What is her story? Two cases?

I have read all the books in the series and listened to this one via audio, narrated by David Colacci (one of my favorites), delivering a suspenseful heart-pounding performance. I read this one back in January; however, failed to write my review.

A timely exploration into the world of young adults, teens, bullying, school, peer pressure, teachers and administrators and Nikki’s own son. Nice tie in. As always, the author delivers plenty of suspense, twists, and turns.

Love Liska and Kovac. Hoag is always a master with her twisted plots and wit. Nikki’s personal life becomes involved, and her own family; which will change the course of her career in upcoming THE BITTER SEASON.

Never fear, the duo still have face time when cases connect. One you will not want to miss! ( )
  JudithDCollins | Jan 1, 2016 |
Thiis was a page turner. Starts off on New Year's Eve and a limo driver is driving a car of young women to a party. He's busy watching them in the rear view mirror when the car in front of him breaks and a body falls out of the trunk. The victim is an unidentifiable teenage girl. Later we learn she goes to the same school as one of the homicide detectives. The teens are all hiding things, using social media, spoiled egotistical with well-to-do parents. ( )
  Kathy89 | Dec 16, 2015 |
A thriller from beginning to end. I listened to the book, and enjoyed it. Actually, it was hard to stop listening. ( )
  csobolak | Aug 7, 2015 |
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NEW YEARS EVE. The worst possible night of the year to be the limo driver of a party bus.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525952977, Hardcover)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag brings back her fan-favorite Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska in the haunting new thriller The 9th Girl.

The ninth unidentified body to turn up in Minneapolis in 2012 is nicknamed Jane Doe 9. Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska take on the case and discover a shocking fact: This victim has been found without any identifiable characteristics, except for those that peg her as an adolescent girl. Before the investigation is through, the case will take the two detectives deep into the life and death of a teenage girl who wanted nothing more than to be “normal.” They will come perilously close to the bullies who tormented her, the twisted family dynamics that may have contributed to her death, and ultimately to the haunting details of a young love that just may hide the secret of Jane Doe 9’s terrible fate.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:16 -0400)

Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska find themselves in pursuit of a serial killer whose latest victim is a bullied adolescent who desperately sought a normal life.

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