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Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag

Ashes to Ashes (original 1999; edition 1999)

by Tami Hoag

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Title:Ashes to Ashes
Authors:Tami Hoag
Info:Bantam (1999), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 496 pages
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Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag (1999)

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Hmmm. I think this book is a good example of decent plot line overwhelmed by personal back stories of the principal characters. After the third time that I had to read about Kate's personal struggles and compartmentalization, followed by John Quinn doubting himself and his abilities, back to Kate, back to John, and then the internal struggles of Peter Bondurant (father of a missing possible victim) followed by those of Angie (the sole witness), I wanted to sit on a therapist's couch. And poor character development that could have been better: more back story on Angie, with her story told as we hear her thoughts, not thrown into the end of the book in some bizarre plot twist, would have made this book stand out better. Then there's the constant sexual descriptions and comments back in forth in the police rooms and cars, and it just left me cold.

Which is a shame: the idea behind this criminal and the dirty deeds he does/did were top notch and could have been developed with more care and precision. ( )
  threadnsong | May 23, 2017 |
Ashes to Ashes
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A killer known only as The Cremator tortures his victims and sets them on fire. Victims advocate Kate Conlon is called in to help a reluctant witness to the latest murder. However, things are not at they seem and Kate, together with FBI profiler John Quinn ,must get to the truth before Kate becomes the next victim.

The book is 200 pages too long.

The serial killer plot has potential but becomes bogged down with the characters internal dialogue that is repetitious and tedious.

It is difficult to warm up to the main characters and their romance lacks chemistry - by the time they get over their angst, you don't care anymore. Kate comes across as cold and distant and John's burn out symptoms overshadow his profiling abilities.

There is too much focus on the various characters' emotional baggage and their constant internal ruminations really detract from the murder mystery and investigation.

No more for me in this series but will give the author another chance. ( )
1 vote Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
This was an interesting mystery/suspense novel and my first by Tami Hoag. There were lots of gritty details to put you in the middle of the action. I liked the premise of the murder and once you figured out the guilty party, you could truly see the motives and clues along the way.
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  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
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He performs his profane ceremony in a wooded Minneapolis park, anointing his victims, then setting the bodies ablaze. He has already claimed three lives, and he won’t stop there. Only this time there is a witness. But she isn't talking. Enter Kate Conlan, former FBI agent turned victim/witness advocate. Not even she can tell if the reluctant witness is a potential victim or something more troubling still. Her superiors are interested only because the latest victim may be the daughter of Peter Bondurant, an enigmatic billionaire. When Peter pulls strings, Special Agent John Quinn gets assigned to the case. But the FBI’s ace profiler of serial killers is the last person Kate wants to work with, not with their troubled history. Now she faces the most difficult role of her career—and her life. For she’s the only woman who has what it takes to stop the killer . . . and the one woman he wants next.

My Thoughts:

I couldn't have enjoyed it more. If you are a fan of Jeffery Deaver, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, etc., you'll love this book. The plot was excellent, with enough twists and turns to keep me reading. The identity of the killer was a total surprise to this veteran thriller reader. Once you read it, you'll be hooked on the author's books.
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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Ashes to Ashes is yet another in a long line of serial killer novels. Based on the way the subject is handled in modern fiction, you would think that every fourth person in the United States is a serial killer. Most serial killer novels I have read are weak. Unfortunately this novel falls into that category.

In this case, a serial killer in Minnesota performs ritualistic ceremonies on his victims and then sets them on fire. One of his victims, the daughter of a billionaire, manages to escape the killer. Kate Conlan, a former FBI agent gets involved in the case, along with her former lover Peter Quinn. In a shocking surprise, the killer wants to claim Kate as his next victim, which is about as cliché as you can possibly get in serial killer novels. I have seen the same trope used so often it makes me want to throw the book at the wall when I read it. This novel is poorly written and not worth reading.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Aug 17, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553579606, Mass Market Paperback)

Some doctoral candidate is doubtless hard at work as you read this, trying to explain why and how the serial killer suddenly became every thriller writer's favorite subject. Meanwhile, the irrepressible Tami Hoag shows us in her latest sure-to-be-a-bestseller how the theme should be handled--with sensitivity, wit, and enough energy to heat a small city.

A monster known as the Cremator is killing prostitutes in Minneapolis parks and setting their bodies on fire. When one of his victims turns out to be the daughter of a local billionaire, and a homeless teenager claims to have witnessed the burning, it brings together former FBI agent Kate Conlan (now working as a victim-witness advocate) and the Bureau's top serial-killer profiler, John Quinn. Conlan and Quinn share a painful personal history; now they have to work together against a very smart lunatic who seems to be able to read their minds.

Although none of this is actually groundbreaking material, Hoag leaps into her story as if she were the very first writer to have thought of it. Guess what? Her innocence and verve are contagious. We throw skepticism to the winds and gladly go along for the thrilling and romantic ride, just as we did in other Hoag hits such as Cry Wolf, Dark Paradise, Guilty As Sin, Lucky's Lady, Magic, Night Sins, Still Waters, and A Thin Dark Line--all available in paperback. --Dick Adler

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As a serial killer known as The Cremator terrifies the city, witness advocate Kate Conlan must cope with a homeless teenage witness with a hidden agenda, a legendary FBI profiler, and a powerful businessman whose estranged daughter may have been a victim of the predator.… (more)

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