The Bitter Season

The Bitter Season

Book - 2016
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As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless, already bored with her new assignment to the cold case squad. She misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter and the sense of urgency of hunting a desperate killer on the loose. Most of all she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac. Kovac is having an even harder time adjusting to Liska's absence, saddled with a green new partner younger than most of Sam's wardrobe. But Kovac is distracted from his troubles by an especially brutal double homicide: a prominent university professor and his wife, bludgeoned and hacked to death in their home with a ceremonial Japanese samurai sword. Liska's case--the unsolved murder of a decorated sex crimes detective--is less of a distraction: Twenty five years later, there is little hope of finding the killer who got away. Meanwhile, Minneapolis resident Evi Burke has a life she only dreamed of as a kid in and out of foster homes: a beautiful home, a family, people who love her, a fulfilling job. But a danger from her past is stalking her idyllic present. A danger bent on destroying the perfect life she was never meant to have. As the trails of two crimes a quarter of century apart twist and cross, Kovac and Liska race to find answers before a killer strikes again.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, ©2016
ISBN: 9780525954552
Branch Call Number: HOAG
Characteristics: 408 pages.


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Jan 15, 2019

What a great read! Took me a bit to get it read, but only because Ive got sick kittens, UGH! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Liska! I was sure I had it figured out, was I wrong! I definitely give this 5 stars and going to start another of Hoags novels. Happy Reading!

Nov 06, 2018

Liska and Kovac at it again, and this book does not disappoint. A real page turner.

Feb 21, 2017

1 of her best. Althou I love all her books.

ArapahoeMaryA Jan 28, 2017

This crime mystery reads like a gritty television police drama. Suspense, flawed characters, and stories that intersect in unexpected ways.

Jan 12, 2017

Filled with suspense ......2 separate cases.....cold case...murder in the present...a solid thriller

Dec 16, 2016

(The sixth book in the Kovac / Liska series)

lenteach Nov 14, 2016

a very complex and engrossing work of fiction. characters are multi-dimensional and have real personalities. a work of fiction that shows a life of crime can happen to anyone and occurs by choice. a life of honesty and hard work may seem too hard for criminals to lead,but a life of crime is much harder,much less rewarding, and self-defeating in the end.

trevordunfordswife Nov 10, 2016

EXCELLENT, excellent mysteries - two of them. Will keep you guessing right until the bitter end. Ugly people in ugly situations throughout. Hoag never ceases to come up with new plots and wonderful characters in her novels: she really is a first class writer of mysteries. If you enjoy whodunits, this is definitely for you.

Oct 04, 2016

Rather a twisty plot but comes together at the end. Very unlikeable cast of characters victims and perps. Glad I am not a detective because they deal with this every day.

Jun 24, 2016

Two separate investigations that roll out as two stories but ultimately converge into one. The characters are well-defined, the plot is complex and it was an amazing read. Enjoyed it more than "Cold Cold Heart".

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Jul 05, 2016

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 28, 2017

Murder was a solution arrived at by different means, depending on the motive. In the heat of passion or rage, there was no forethought. It was an act triggered from a part of the brain where motion and instinct lived. In other cases, the motivation for murder was built one step, one transgression, one insult at a time, layer by layer, unit the mind could make an argument for a violent solution to an untenable situation.


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