The 9th Girl

The 9th Girl

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Penguin Putnam
#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag brings back her fan-favorite Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska in the haunting new thrillerThe 9th Girl.

"Kovac had seen more dead bodies than he could count: Men, women, children; victims of shootings, stabbings, strangulations, beatings; fresh corpses and bodies that had been left for days in the trunks of cars in the dead of summer. But he had never seen anything quite like this . . . "

On a frigid New Year's Eve in Minneapolis a young woman's brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is, but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal, or could it just have been a crime of opportunity? Their greatest fear is that not only is she their ninth Jane Doe of the year, but that she may be the ninth victim of a vicious transient serial killer they have come to call Doc Holiday.

Crisscrossing America's heartland, Doc Holiday chooses his victims at random, snatching them in one city and leaving them in another, always on a holiday. If Zombie Doe is one of his, he has brought his gruesome game to a new and more terrifying level. But as Kovac and Liska begin to uncover the truth, they will find that the monsters in their ninth girl's life may have lived closer to home. And even as another young woman disappears, they have to ask the question: which is the greater evil--the devil you know or the devil you don't?


Random House, Inc.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag brings back her fan-favorite Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska in the haunting new thrillerThe 9th Girl.

"Kovac had seen more dead bodies than he could count: Men, women, children; victims of shootings, stabbings, strangulations, beatings; fresh corpses and bodies that had been left for days in the trunks of cars in the dead of summer. But he had never seen anything quite like this . . . "

On a frigid New Year's Eve in Minneapolis a young woman's brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is, but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal, or could it just have been a crime of opportunity? Their greatest fear is that not only is she their ninth Jane Doe of the year, but that she may be the ninth victim of a vicious transient serial killer they have come to call Doc Holiday.

Crisscrossing America's heartland, Doc Holiday chooses his victims at random, snatching them in one city and leaving them in another, always on a holiday. If Zombie Doe is one of his, he has brought his gruesome game to a new and more terrifying level. But as Kovac and Liska begin to uncover the truth, they will find that the monsters in their ninth girl's life may have lived closer to home. And even as another young woman disappears, they have to ask the question: which is the greater evil--the devil you know or the devil you don't?


Baker & Taylor
Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska find themselves in pursuit of a serial killer whose latest victim is a bullied adolescent who desperately sought a normal life.

Baker
& Taylor

Taking over a serial murder case that has already claimed nine lives, Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska struggle to identify the latest victim and follow clues to the bullies who tormented her and the twisted family dynamics that may have caused her death. 350,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, Published by the Penguin Group, 2013
ISBN: 9780525952978
Branch Call Number: M FICTION
Characteristics: pages cm
Alternative Title: Ninth girl

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suzettejmonk
Nov 22, 2016

Just not my kind of read to relax

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jameslomeli974
Jun 01, 2016

One of Hoag's better ones. make sure you read them in order.

lenteach Sep 24, 2014

excellent study of the limitations of homicide detectives. they have inadequate resources and terrible personal lives,which serve to interfere with their job performance.
also a story of current interest- the bullying of someone different by her peers. woven into this is how selfish and abusive modern parents are, how easy it is for a serial killer to operate successfully in a society obsessed with superficial pursuits while really important concerns go begging. how sad it is to be a teen surrounded by all this cruelty,mayhem and madness. no wonder teens end their short lived and unbearable lives. tami hoag is an excellent fiction writer who shows us how complicated everyday life is and how we fail so miserably at it. tami hoag holds up a mirror in front of us all.

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vi2856
Jul 01, 2014

Would recommend this one,
couldn't put it down,very enjoyable

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ndexter
Feb 04, 2014

As an avid reader of Hoag and past writing's, this was a very tough book to read and now comments due to:
although she touches upon current social issues, and concerns teens face such as bullying, gay rights, belonging, social media, pedio- phlia, divorced parents; the storyline teeters on being for teens, and teen interactions with dialogue ala Nancy Drew, while trying to sustain the adult tale of psychotic crimes and killers.

lmbrocato Jan 11, 2014

Great book! Tami explored the personal lives of her characters and we got insight that wasn't previously seen. The story was compelling and the book was hard to put down. I would definitely recommend it!

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Trevin123
Sep 19, 2013

I thought the beginning of this book was very repetiitive and slightly boring. The ending however got really good.
Just an OK book in my opinion!!

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KelseyCLL
Aug 24, 2013

So many twists and turns, a very enjoyable crime story!

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jazpur
Aug 09, 2013

Hair raising. Cogent. Inciteful. Should be required reading for all parents of teenagers. Typical Tami Hoag. I loved it if one can love such a terrible story.

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LadyJaneBrais
Aug 04, 2013

Great book, amazing, what more can you expect of Tami Hoag, always a fab read!

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