The 9th Girl
Dutton, 2013 (2013)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Wanda Plourde
n a very cold New Year's Eve in Minneapolis, a young man driving a Hummer limo freaks out when he witnesses a
popping out of the trunk of a car in front of him. He loses control of the vehicle and ends up hitting the obstacle. It turns out to be the corpse of a severely brutalized young woman, and no one knows whether or not she was still alive when she finally hit the pavement.
omicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are assigned the case of the victim dubbed
. Who is she and who could have had so much hate as to have treated her so viciously before her death? They wonder whether this murder is the work of the serial killer (whom they named
) who has been leaving bodies on the side of highways in a five-state area, or is it something closer to home. And what is the girl's
tattoo all about?
oc Holiday chooses his victims randomly as he travels across the country. It seems that he snatches a girl in one city and then dumps the body in another. But with Zombie Doe, his MO has changed - is he escalating? As Sam and Nikki investigate, they start to find answers that point awfully close to Nikki's home and her cartoonist son Kyle, who wants too much to be a hero.
hat an excellent thriller - Tami Hoag has brought another bestseller to the table. I felt like I was watching a crime program when reading this novel, so vivid are the descriptions. The story kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Sam and Nikki are realistic, sensible straight shooters, totally believable. Doc Holiday will make your skin crawl and creep you right out.
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