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Kill the Messenger (original 2004; edition 2006)

by Tami Hoag

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Title:Kill the Messenger
Authors:Tami Hoag
Info:Bantam (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
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Rating:****
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Jace is the messenger trying to make ends meet and take care of his little brother tyler after his mother passed away. When JC gets a late after hours pickup from his dispatcher, Which everyone calls ETA for (estimated Time of Arrival ) because she is always asking the messengers for their ETA so they call her ETA! Anyways JC last run turns into a chase and attempted murder and then later Jace is being sought for the murder of the sender of the package that he was unable to deliver due to the receiver trying to kill him, So Jace is on the run and had to leave his brother ....to try to fix the mess hes in because the police think he killed the customer sending the package! ( )
  redheadish | May 16, 2014 |
Bike messenger is innocently involved in mystery of trying to figure out who killed his client, a scumbag lawyer. Police detective gets involved, only to discover there is a lot more involved in this. Officer is trying to bring his career back to life, while messenger is trying to hide out and protect his kid brother.
I've enjoyed other books by this author a lot more than this one. The characters never really grabbed me, but I did finish it. ( )
  Pmaurer | Feb 3, 2014 |
Scott Brick at his best! ( )
  jmoncton | Jun 3, 2013 |
I have read a few of Tami Hoag’s novels in the past, so I thought I would try Kill the Messenger and see how I liked it.

The story begins with bike messenger, Jace Damon, winding his way through the streets of Los Angeles delivering packages. After he picks up his last job of the evening from seedy lawyer, Lenny Lowell, Jace is nearly killed as he tries to make his delivery. Badly shaken, he returns to Lenny’s office to find it swarming with cops who are investigating Lenny’s brutal murder. As Jace becomes a suspect in the murder, he goes on the run trying to figure out who wants him killed and why.

The blurb on this story is incredibly misleading. It’s not a suspenseful or as much of a thrill-ride as I was led to believe. The story isn’t awful, and I truly didn’t know who the killer was until the end, although the reasoning behind it came out of left field, but I just felt the story was lacking something. ( )
  Aleusae | May 27, 2012 |
Kill the Messenger is a fast paced thriller with an interesting lead character, Jace, a bicycle messenger. Both Jace and his brother Tyler are well developed characters. After their mother died, Jace at age 14 strikes out on his own so that he and his brother's won't be orphans, getting an apartment in Chinatown and working at a fish market. Jace is at the wrong place at the wrong time, while sending a message on his bike, someone attempts to kill him. From there, he gets embroiled in a murder investigation and has to do his best to escape the authorities and the people who are trying to kill him. The book is well written. It moves along quickly and has good characters. I've read other Tami Hoag novels that have fallen short, and this is the best of her novels I've read.
Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity ( )
  Carl_Alves | May 23, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553583581, Mass Market Paperback)

With this new thriller, The New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag delivers her own message to suspense fans everywhere: Don't turn off the lights, and keep reading if you dare. From the gritty streets of Los Angeles to its most protected enclaves of prestige and power to the ruthless glamour of Hollywood, a killer stalks his prey. A killer so merciless no one in his way is safe—not even the innocent.

At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.'s sleaziest defense attorneys, he's nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to escape with his life—and with the package someone wants badly enough to kill for.

Jace returns to Lenny Lowell's office only to find the cops there, the lawyer dead, and Jace himself considered the prime suspect in the savage murder. Suddenly he's on the run from both the cops and a killer, and the key to saving himself and his ten-year-old brother is the envelope he still has—which holds a message no one wants delivered: the truth.

In a city fueled by money, celebrity, and sensationalism, the murder of a bottom-feeding mouthpiece like Lenny Lowell won't make the headlines. So when detectives from the LAPD's elite robbery/homicide division show up, homicide detective Kev Parker wants to know why. Parker is on the downhill slide of a once-promising career, and he doesn't want to be reminded that he used to be one of the hotshots, working cases that made instant celebrities of everyone involved. Like the case of fading retty-boy actor Rob Cole, accused of the brutal murder of his wife, Tricia Crowne-Cole, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the city, L.A.'s latest "crime of the century."

Robbery/Homicide has no reason to be looking at a dead small-time scumbag lawyer or chasing a bike messenger...unless there's something in it for them. Maybe Lenny Lowell had a connection to something big enough to be killed for. Parker begins a search for answers that will lead him to a killer—or the end of his career. Because if there's one lesson he's learned over the years, it's that in a town built on fantasy and fame, delivering the truth can be deadly.

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A Los Angeles bike messenger is wrongly accused of murder and must rely on his urban survival skills to elude the real killer.

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