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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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Compared to latest in series, Hoag has come a long way. ( )
  Perednia | Jun 27, 2017 |
Un bel thriller di tami Hoag. Sempre molto avvincenti e scritti molto bene. Colpo di scena finale quando si scopre l'assassino. Molto consigliato ( )
  Angela.Me | Jun 10, 2017 |
I read the latest in this series (The Bitter Season) before I had read any others, then went back to the beginning. I'll just say that I think the author has improved with time. ( )
  phyllis.shepherd | May 29, 2017 |
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.

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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 |
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Leo, MelissaReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
MacDuffie, CarringtonReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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