Prior Bad Acts

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Tami Hoag
Narrator: Holter Graham
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Detective Stories, Legal Thriller
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: March 2006
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag returns with a thriller that begins with a shocking crime scene you’ll never forget and follows two relentless detectives on a manhunt that ends in a chilling confrontation with the essence of human evil.

It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl’s prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry—and puts the judge in grave danger.

When an unknown assailant attacks Judge Moore in a parking garage, two of Minneapolis’ s top cops are called upon to solve the crime and keep the judge from further harm. Detective Sam Kovac is as hard-boiled as they come, and his wisecracking partner, Nikki Liska, isn’t far behind. Neither one wants to be on this case, but when Karl Dahl escapes from custody, everything changes, and a seemingly straightforward case cartwheels out of control.

The stakes go even higher when the judge is kidnapped—snatched out of her own bed even as the police sit outside, watching her house. Now Kovac and Liska must navigate through a maze of suspects that includes the stepson of a murder victim, a husband with a secret life, and a rogue cop looking for revenge where the justice system failed.

With no time to spare, the detectives are pulled down a strange dark trail of smoke and mirrors, where no one is who they seem and everyone is guilty of Prior Bad Acts.

Reviews (23)

Prior Bad Acts

Written by DB on December 19th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The storyline was ok. I've read better books by Tami Hoag. The reader didn't change his voice too much from one character to another.

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Written by Pam from Long Beach, CA on August 14th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is one of the very best stories I've heard. It was suspenseful and scary and the characters were wonderful and interesting and felt like real people. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next, but at the same time I never wanted this story to end! Loved it and highly recommend for lovers of mysteries.

Good read!

Written by Carol on June 22nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Typically Tami Hoag -- excellent!! The characters were developed well and it kept you guessing.

Prior Bad Acts

Written by Lori on November 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was an excellent book. It kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to listen to the rest of this author's books.

Prior Bad Acts

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on October 30th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is my first Tami Hoag book. I enjoyed Holter Grahams reading of the story. This story moved right along and had a nice moral story involved also. Some action, some courtroom drama and some romance. Would recommend it as an all round good story. Will make your commute much more enjoyable.

Great Listen

Written by teddystouch from Clarkesville, GA on August 7th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book. Thought it had just enough intrigue and romance as well. The narrator was particularly good, and I could listen to him a lot more.

Tami Hoag

Written by Anonymous on April 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was second book by Tami Hoag that I have listened to, enjoyed it and the narration. Am looking forward to listening to another book by her.

Prior Bad Acts

Written by Anonymous from Victor, IA on April 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book! The characters captured my fancy. The suspence made it fun to listen to in the car.

Prior Bad acts

Written by Anonymous on March 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

this was a page turner. I enjoyed the story line and the suspense.

ior Bad Acts

Written by Laurajean on December 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is my second Tami Hoag book and I enjoyed it as much as the first. It was suspenseful and kept you interested from beginning to the end. Holter Graham is the narrator (also narrated Detour by James Siegel) and I felt as if he did a good job with the various voices and the correct inflected when needed. This may sound odd but having the book based in Minnesota was a refreshing change. Many books of this genre are based in Los Angeles. I highly recommend it!

Author Details

Author Details

Hoag, Tami

Tami Hoag was born Tami Mikkelson on the 20th of January 1959 in Minnesota. The town she lived in was very small, and there were few children her own age around her, prompting her to develop an active imagination and create stories from a young age. She completed high school and married her high school boyfriend, Daniel Hoag, in 1977.

Hoag never completed a level of schooling higher than high school, as she and her husband moved to a small town without easy college access. She spent the ten years working a variety of jobs, such as photographer’s assistant, showhorse trainer, typist, and salesperson. In 1988 she had her first publication; a romance in the Bantam Books Loveswept Line. After much success in the romance genre she switched to thrillers, where she was equally, if not more, successful and hit the New York Times Bestseller list thirteen consecutive times.

Hoag belongs to a group of women who all made the switch from romance to thriller at roughly the same time; called the “Divas”, they provide support and encouragement to each other.

Hoag currently lives in Virginia.