Cry Wolf: A Novel by Tami HoagCry Wolf: A Novel by Tami Hoag

Cry Wolf: A Novel

byTami Hoag

Mass Market Paperback | August 4, 1997

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The scream heard by no one is the deadliest.

In the rural parishes of Louisiana's French Triangle, young women are disappearing one by one, only to turn up on the banks of the bayou, strangled and cast aside where they are sure to be found. But there is one trophy the killer prizes above all others, one woman who must be silenced forever....

Attorney Laurel Chandler did not come back to Bayou Breaux to seek justice. That once-burning obsession had destroyed her credibility, her career, her marriage—and nearly her sanity. But when a ruthless predator strikes too close to home, she's lured into a perverse game from which there may be no escape. Once before, Laurel's cries against a monstrous evil went unanswered. Who will listen now?
Bestselling 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.
Title:Cry Wolf: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 1.2 inPublished:August 4, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:055356160X

ISBN - 13:9780553561609

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Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling Thriller Absolutely fabulous!!!!! This novel is a page turner, full of nerve- shattering suspense, mystery, intrigue, murder...... I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good suspenseful novel. Hoag's characters are so completely draws you into the plot..... Excellent!!!!!
Date published: 2000-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fantastic Read!!! Cry Wolf was an absolutely fantastic book. It keeps you on the edge to your seat with the numerous plot twists and suspence. I read it in less than a 24 hour period. One of those can't put down books of "who dunit". Another fantastic read by one of the best storytellers - Tami Hoag. If you like a little bit of everything - from romance to intrigue to suspence, etc. I would strongly recommend this book.
Date published: 2000-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Done! This is a terrific who-dun-it. A story about a woman assistant DA who comes back to her small hometown in Louisana to mend after a mental breakdown. She becomes unwillingly involved in a serial killer investigation. Just when you think you know who the killer is there is a plot twist! A terrific book to dive into.
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PrologueThe bateau slides through the still waters of the bayou. Still, black waters as dark as the night sky. As dark as the heart of a killer. In the water stand the cypress, rank upon rank, tall sentinels as motionless and silent as death. Behind them, on the banks, the weeping willows, boughs bowed as if by grief, and the live oak with their twisted trunks and gnarled branches, looking like enchanted things eternally frozen in a moment of agony. And from their contorted limbs hangs the moss, gray and dusty and tattered, like old feather boas left to rot in the attic of some long-forgotten, long-ruined mansion. All is gray and black in the night in the swamp. The absence of light, the reflection of light. A sliver of moon is wedged between high clouds, then disappears. Stillness descends all around as the boat passes. Eyes peer out from the reeds, from the trees, from just above the surface of the water Night is the time of the hunter and the hunted. But all the creatures wait as the bateau slips past them, its motor purring, low and throaty, like a panther's growl. The air of expectation thickens like the mist that hovers between the trunks of the tupelo and sweet gum trees. One predator has struck the night, cunning and vicious with no motivation but the thrill of holding another's life and savoring the power to snuff it out. The creatures of the swamp watch as the predator passes, as the scent of fresh blood mingles with the rank, metallic aroma of the bayou1 and the sweet perfume of wild honeysuckle, jasmine, and verbena. The motor dies. The boat skirts a raft of water hyacinth noses through the cattails and lily pads, and sidles up to the muddy bank, where ferns and creepers grow in a tangled skein. Somewhere in the distance a scream tears through the fabric of the night. Like an echo. Like a memory. The predator smiles, fondly, slyly, thinking not of the nutria that issued the sound, but of the woman lying dead on the floor of the bateau. Another kill. Another rush. Another dizzying high. Power, more seductive than sex, more addictive than cocaine. Blood, warm and silky, sweet as wine. The pulse of life rushing with fear, pounding, frantic . . . ebbing, dying.The body is dragged to the bank, left near the end of a crushed clamshell path that glows powdery white as the moon flashes down once again like a searchlight—there and gone, there and gone. Its beam illuminates a dark head of hair, damp and disheveled with no trace of the style that had been so painstakingly sculpted and sprayed hours ago; a face, ghostly pale, cheeks rouged clownishly, lipstick smeared, mouth slack, eyes open and staring, unseeing, up at the heavens. Looking for mercy, looking for deliverance. Too late for either. She will be found. In a day, maybe two. Fishermen will come to fill their creels with bream, bluegill, sac-a-lait. They will find her. But none will find her killer. Too cunning, too clever, beyond the laws of man, outside the realm of suspicion this predator stalks...

From Our Editors

This taut thriller will send shivers down your spine as you slowly turn each darkly tinged page. Cry Wolf is exceedingly well written and suspenseful to the max. Written by Tami Hoag, the novel begins in rural parishes of Louisiana’s French Triangle. It is there that women are disappearing at an alarming rate and later found lifeless on the banks of the bayou. When attorney Laurel Chandler arrives to suss out the situation, she is not looking for that faint idea of justice - she is looking for something much more tangible. However, when the predator strikes a little too close for her comfort, she is suddenly drawn into a perverse game of cat and mouse with no escape; a game where even her cries for help go unanswered. Simply riveting; a book that will engage you fully.

Editorial Reviews

"A master of the genre."—Publishers Weekly