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A thin dark line, Tami Hoag

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A thin dark line
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A thin dark line
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Tami Hoag
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  • Following her New York Times best-sellers Night Sins (1994) and Guilty as Sin, Hoag returns to the Louisiana French Triangle, a favorite setting for past novels. In her latest, she asks, How far would you go to see justice done? Deputy Annie Broussard is haunted by the brutal slaying of a young mother whose accused killer is set free on a technicality. When she comes across drunken Detective Nick Fourcade beating the suspected murderer to a pulp, she pushes aside personal feelings to follow the letter of the law and arrests Fourcade. But her attempt at preventing a crime alienates her fellow police officers, and she becomes persona non grata within the department and a target for increasingly vicious pranks. Ironically, her actions win her the respect of Fourcade, who solicits her aid in piecing together clues to find the killer who is now playing cat-and-mouse with Broussard. With a flair for dialect and regional atmosphere, Hoag captures the essence of the Cajun family and working relationships while injecting suspense and heart-pounding terror into a violent tangle of justice, innocence, treachery, and public opinion. A thoroughly engrossing read for all collections. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 1997)) -- Melanie Duncan
  • Rendezvous Review: Pamela Bichon's brutal murder touches off a wave of fear in Louisiana's French Triangle that only seems to lessen with arrest of the killer, Marcus Renard. But the key piece of evidence was not listed on the search warrant and Renard is free. Detective Nick Fourcade, with his questionable past, stands accused of planting the evidence. Ordered off the case, Nick is obsessed and more determined than ever to bring Renard to justice. Deputy Annie Broussard can't forget the case either. She found Bichon's body. In order to find the truth, Annie forms an alliance with Nick and faces harassment from her fellow officers. The closer Nick and Annie get to the truth, the more twisted things become. A riveting, sinister thriller that takes off on a macabre, frightening journey that doesn't let up until the last page. Clever, complex characters lead the reader through a fiendishly tangled plot to a nail-biting conclusion. Ms. Hoag creates a chilling world of evil that absorbs her readers so thoroughly, they must read the book in the security of their well-lit, locked bedrooms. Sexy and scary, A THIN DARK LINE is vintage Tami Hoag. Melissa Bradley
  • Having begun her career as a romance author for Bantam's Loveswept line, Hoag has evolved into a fine thriller writer. Night Sins, set in rural Minnesota, was her entry into romantic suspense, and her palette became a lot darker when the protagonists reappeared in Guilty as Sin. This latest thriller wastes no time; it's creepy from the prologue, a tortured poem written by the murderer, which both establishes the tone and cleverly sets up the ending. A morass of obsessive love, brutality and planted evidence swirl around Annie Broussard, a pint-sized, by-the-book female deputy working in the sheriff's department of Louisiana's Partout Parish. Everyone in the parishDcitizens, cops and rogue detective Nick FourcadeDbelieves architect Marcus Renard, the man acquitted of torturing and killing 37-year-old realtor Pam Bichon, is guilty. When Annie arrests Nick while he's in the process of beating Marcus to death, she finds herself ostracized by her fellow cops and the townsfolk. Afterwards, both she and Nick are put on suspension and must join forces to uncover the truth about Pam's death. Hoag displays a firm grasp on localeDhere, it's the eccentricities and colorful slang of the Louisiana Bayou country. This isn't exactly a mysteryDthe reader doesn't have to work too hard to figure out who really did it, although the police don't until the final confrontationDbut there's plenty of suspense in waiting to see how it will all be resolved. Psychopathic villains are common enough, but Hoag has managed to endow hers with a scarred entourage that provides a tragic note. (Mar.)
  • Coming off her best-selling hit, Guilty As Sin (LJ 2/1/96), Hoag sets her latest in Bayou Breaux, a fictional Cajun town. A woman is brutally murdered, and everyone, from cops to citizenry, is convinced that the deed was done by Marcus Renard, a fellow she charged with stalking shortly before her death. Renard is set free on a technicality only to be beaten insensible by the chief detective on the case, Nick Fourcade, a patois-speaking recluse with a dark past. Fourcade is arrested by Annie Broussard, an idealistic young sheriff's deputy and the only woman on the force. Because she stands up for what she believes is right, Annie is hounded from her job by the good-ol'-boy cop network. She then joins forces with Fourcade to solve the murder and a series of rapes. Hoag almost scuttles her own story by making the first 200 pages dull and repetitive before finally settling down to let the characters evolve and the story take its own dark, satisfying turns. This doesn't work completely, but her fans won't mind. For popular collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/96.]--Laurel A. Wilson, Alexandrian P.L, Mount Vernon, Ind.
  • Hoag finishes her crossover from sexy soft-cover romance to psychosexual thriller with this tale of tough Cajun loners looking for love in unlikely places. Heroine Annie Broussard is a deputy with the sheriff's office in Partout Parish in southern Louisiana. An orphan who's working hard to make detective, she's also devoted to getting rid of the sexual predators who victimize women. But just as her career seems to be looking up, Annie breaks an unwritten police law: She arrests a fellow officer, Nick Fourcade, when she finds him beating up a murder suspect. Annie should have let Fourcade kill him, say both her colleagues and the bayou parish citizens. After all, the suspect, Marcus Renard, had supposedly stalked Pam Bichon, a single mother. He'd driven stakes through her hands, raped her, killed her, eviscerated her, then left her wearing only a feathered Mardi Gras mask in a deserted cottage on Pony Bayou. Why not kill him? Switching his obsession from Pam to Annie, he maintains that he's innocent and begs Annie to help him. Working with Fourcade, who's suspended but still obsessed with the case, she seeks evidence to put the troubled Marcus legally behind bars. Meanwhile, someone's raping Louisiana women, and Marcus is too injured to be the perp. Is it Annie's lazy, mean-spirited colleague Stokes? Or Pam's husband, involved with a New Orleans racketeer from Fourcade's past? As Mardi Gras approaches, Annie, a cute kid who does 50 chin-ups a day and has an addiction to candy bars, wrestles with Fourcade's dangerous sexuality--fortunately a losing battle--and with the evil presence of deranged male predators that haunts so many recent suspense novels. Hoag (Guilty as Sin, 1996, etc.) is always a good gritty read, but this time a lack of sustained emotional tension makes the novel a long ride on soft tires. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 1997)
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Hoag, Tami
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Broussard and Fourcade novels
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0001
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  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Louisiana
  • Murder
  • Obsession
  • Evidence (Law)
  • Detective and mystery stories
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A thin dark line, Tami Hoag
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24 cm.
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494p. :
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9780553099607
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96029690
Label
A thin dark line, Tami Hoag
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
494p. :
Isbn
9780553099607
Lccn
96029690

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