The Bitter Season

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The Bitter Season

Kovac / Liska

Nikki Liska has transferred from Homicide to Cold Cases in an effort to spend more time with her sons. She ends up begrudgingly working the case of a murdered sex crimes detective. Sam Kovac is missing having Nikki as his partner but he is working to break in his new one. Kovac catches a case dealing with a murdered college professor and his wife. The professor taught Asian Studies and had a huge collection of weapons, one of which he is killed with. The two cases couldn't seem father apart but as the story unfolds we see that maybe there is a connection after all.

This was a really well done story. The cases were intricately weaved and I can not say much about them without risk of spoilers. The story kept me guessing until the end. Despite there being a lot going on, the book flowed really well and it was an easy plot to follow. It was great seeing Liska and Kovac both in the story despite their not being partners anymore. I thought the author handled them not being partners but both being in the story in a creative and unique way.

This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. If you enjoy murder/suspense stories I think this is a must read. Another strong story from this author.


Book Blurb for The Bitter Season

Kovac and Liska take on multiple twisted cases as #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag explores a murder from the past, a murder from the present, and a life that was never meant to be.

As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless, already bored with her new assignment to the cold case squad. She misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter and the sense of urgency of hunting a desperate killer on the loose. Most of all she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac.

Kovac is having an even harder time adjusting to Liska’s absence, saddled with a green new partner younger than most of Sam's wardrobe. But Kovac is distracted from his troubles by an especially brutal double homicide: a prominent university professor and his wife, bludgeoned and hacked to death in their home with a ceremonial Japanese samurai sword. Liska’s case-the unsolved murder of a decorated sex crimes detective-is less of a distraction: Twenty five years later, there is little hope for finding the killer who got away.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis resident Evi Burke has a life she only dreamed of as a kid in and out of foster homes: a beautiful home, a family, people who love her, a fulfilling job. But a danger from her past is stalking her idyllic present. A danger bent on destroying the perfect life she was never meant to have.

As the trails of two crimes a quarter of century apart twist and cross, Kovac and Liska race to find answers before a killer strikes again.


Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2016 4.50