The Bitter Season
Kovac and Liska take on multiple twisted cases as #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag explores a murder from the past, a murder from the present, and a life that was never meant to be.
As the 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 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 but 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 for 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 care: a beautiful home, a loving family, a fulfilling job. But a danger from her past is stalking her idyllic present, bent on destroying the perfect life she was never meant to have.
As the trails of two crimes a quarter of a century apart twist and cross, Kovac and Liska race to find answers before a killer strikes again.
Praise for The Bitter Season
Praise for The Bitter Season
“A masterful tale of two colliding cases that become one tightly coiled plot, The Bitter Season is Tami Hoag at her down and dirty best. Authentic, dark, and intense, this is a portrait of flawed characters on both sides of the law that will surprise you and make you laugh as you double-lock your doors.”—New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen
“Tami Hoag is simply one of the best. And The Bitter Season—engrossing, atmospheric, and taut with suspense—is the work of a writer at the top her game. A chilling psychological thriller!”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger
“Tami Hoag gives us a female detective who's sharp-witted and gutsy as she deftly weaves two cases together for one heart-stopping finale. I couldn't put it down.”—New York Times bestselling author Carol Goodman
“This tense psychological thriller shows Hoag at the top of her game.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Hoag has a gift for creating dynamic suspense, three-dimensional characters, and sharp dialogue. Newcomers and fans alike will find this fast-moving police procedural intensely satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly
“This is a dark,gritty thriller....A real page-turner that is sure to please her legion of fans.”—Booklist
“Hoag's genius as a writer is evident from the start....The Bitter Season is all you expect in a Tami Hoag novel and more. It is a bestseller for all the right reasons.”—The Huffington Post
“Riveting, enthralling, suspenseful, and fast-paced.”—Manhattan Book Review