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Kill the Messenger

by Tami Hoag

Random House Publishing Group | February 28, 2006 | Mass Market Paperbound

Kill the Messenger is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 5.
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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 528 pages, 6.86 × 4.16 × 1.15 in

Published: February 28, 2006

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553583581

ISBN - 13: 9780553583588

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had Me Guessing When reading mystery type novels, I usually figure out who did it but this one surprised me. I found the novel well written, good plots, good twists and turns and I enjoy the character, Detective Parker.
Date published: 2012-01-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yuck This was not in Tami Hoag's best style. I did not enjoy it. There seemed to be a lot of repetition of the facts and very little action or suspense. It was hard to finish.
Date published: 2007-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twists, grabs, and keeps you going The set up for this thriller is a good one - a young man and his younger brother are all but alone in the world, and while the older of the brothers works as a bike messenger during the day, at a fish market in the early morning, and squeezes in one legal class at a time to slowly get his degree, he does everything he can to keep himself and his brother off the radar, since he's sure that Child Services would nab his brother if they learned that his mother has died. When the bike messenger realizes that he's holding on to a package that people are dying over, things get complicated. Enter Kev Parker, homicide detective in disgrace, who smells something fishy about the number one suspect in the murder - namely, the bike messenger - and who sees a chance to reclaim his name and credibility by solving the case. If only no one else kills the messenger first. This one kept me involved, the pace was good, and I liked the inclusion of the youth angle - the bike messenger is no dummy, but he's young, scared of authority figures, and judges everything from whether or not it will harm his younger brother. A very solid read.
Date published: 2006-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sharp, Lively Reading Glad to have Tami Hoag back. Nail biter, has feelings, keeps you going. Another book that you don't want to put down. Score one for the under dog just wanting to do his job, wants to get by. She puts you in the book whether you are the cop or the kid. She keeps you going like the enegizer bunny, you keep on reading because you just have to know.
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was a real page turner. I literally could not put it down. I started it before I went to bed one night and had to finish it the next day. A must read!
Date published: 2006-06-01

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Kill the Messenger

by Tami Hoag

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 528 pages, 6.86 × 4.16 × 1.15 in

Published: February 28, 2006

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553583581

ISBN - 13: 9780553583588

About the Book

A grueling day in LA. is about to get even worse for bike messenger Jace Damon when a delivery for a bottom-feeding lawyer turns into a fight for his life. When the lawyer is murdered, Jace must rely on his urban survival skills to stay alive while trying to clear his name.

Read from the Book

Chapter One LA traffic. Rush hour. Rush hour at four hours and counting. Every Angelino busting it to get home before the heavens opened up like a bursting bladder and the rains came in a gush. The city had been pressed down beneath the weight of an anvil sky all day. Endless, ominous twilight in the concrete canyons between the downtown skyscrapers. The air heavy with expectation. Legs pumping. Fingers tight on the handlebars. Fingertips numb. Eyes on the gap between a Jag and a FedEx truck. Quads burning. Calves like rocks. The taste of exhaust. Eyes dry and stinging behind a pair of swim goggles. A bag full of blueprints in cardboard cylinders riding his back. The two-way strapped to his thigh like a six-gun barked out bursts of static and the rock-crusted voice of Eta Fitzgerald, the base dispatcher. He didn’t know her real name. They called her Eta because that was what they heard out of her all day, every day: ETA? ETA sixteen? Base to Jace. ETA? What’s your twenty, honey? He had three minutes to make it to the developer’s office on the seventeenth floor of a building still blocks away. The guard at the front desk was a jerk. He locked the doors at six on the dot and had no sympathy for anyone standing on the street trying to get in. The guy would have turned his back on his own mother, if he had one, which Jace doubted. He looked like something that had sprouted up out of the ground. A human toadstool. Shift his weight to the right. Cut around the Jag
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Tami Hoag''s novels have appeared regularly on national bestseller lists since the publication of her first book in 1988. She lives in Los Angeles.


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Editorial Reviews

"In a genre overrun with self-conscious jargon, brooding descriptions and fragments masquerading as sentences, her clean, measured prose—full, balanced sentences delivered at a steady pace—doesn’t so much create an ominous mood as draw the reader into the worlds of her characters."—Publishers Weekly"Brisk ... Scandal-prone detective Kev Parker ... gives Kill the Messenger its juice and keeps readers hooked."—San Francisco Chronicle Books
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