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Dust to Dust

A Novel
Written by: Tami Hoag
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sorry. The single word is written on a mirror. In front of it hangs a Minneapolis Internal Affairs cop. Was it suicide? Or a kinky act turned tragic?

Either way, it wasn't murder. At least not according to the powers that be. But veteran homicide detective Sam Kovac and his wisecracking, ambitious partner, Nikki Liska, think differently. Together they begin to dig at the too-neat edges of the young cop's death, uncovering one motive - and one suspect - after another. The cloud of suspicion falls not only on the city's elite, but over the very heart of the police department. Someone wants the case closed - quickly and forever. But even with their careers and their lives on the line, neither Kovac nor Liska will give up. As they unearth a connection between a two-month-old murder case and one that has been closed for twenty years, they find themselves chasing a killer who will stop at nothing to keep a dark and shattering secret.

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Great Detective Team!!!

I am a converted fan of this series. The characters are interesting and flawed. This makes the story line more interesting in my eyes. If this is now you enjoy your characters then I recommend you give this book a listen. Tami Hoag keeps you guessing as to who the murderer will be.

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  • midnitemilkyway
  • 2015-02-27

Typical Tami - TERRIFIC!

Would you consider the audio edition of Dust to Dust to be better than the print version?

I would definitely prefer the audio version but only because it's difficult anymore to slow down long enough to actually read. With the audio...I can have someone read it to me while I'm doing everything else I need to do.

What other book might you compare Dust to Dust to and why?

Any of the later Tami Hoag books. The earlier ones are more romantic suspense, which I prefer, but her books just get better and better.

What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

Everything. He has specific voices for each character and he doesn't make the female voices sound cartoonish. He IS the voice of Kovak. I'll be hunting for more from him.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Pontiflet
  • 2015-04-17

Couldn't Hang With This One, Gave Up!!

I am super disappointed with this Tami Hoag novel. I quit after nearly four hours. The novel is over 14 hours long. I have read 3 or 4 of her novels so far and have loved! loved! loved! them. This one does not feel or sound like it was written by Tami Hoag. The wording was stilted and sounded forced maybe because there are a lot of clichés used. What I heard was repetitious, the story seemed to be going in circles and not moving forward.... too much fluff... I know that there are many positive reviews but this one was not for me.

I did not like the narrator at all.. In addition to his lack of performance abilities and limited voice tones, his nasal voice sounded whinny and was very annoying.... Couldn't take that voice. I am sorry to see that this narrator is used for a lot of this author's novels..... oh well.....

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  • Jane Salley
  • 2015-01-09

This May Be Her Best

This is a multi layered story; a who-dun-it skillfully woven with a mystery. The foreshadowing is sprinkled just right throughout the story, never too heavy handed. David Colacci did a masterful job of narrating and distinguishing each character quite well.

It contains one of the best written love scenes, both romantic and believable. I won't spoil it by telling which characters are involved.

This may be her best book yet. I was sad when it was finished.

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  • Whiplash
  • 2015-02-06

Very disappointed..

What was most disappointing about Tami Hoag’s story?

I have been reading Tami Hoag books for years. This is the first audio book I've ever listened to and I'm not sure if that is what made it different or not.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

To start, this narrator has a very nasily voice so everything he says sounds like he's bored & whining at the same time. It was very annoying to listen to. Second, the story just felt like it was going around & around in circles. I made it less than 6 hours when I had to give up. I couldn't imagine another 8 hours of this.. the story just didn't have nearly enough substance to last much longer which lead me to believe it would just be more repetition. I found myself daydreaming while listening to the book & then realizing I'd missed 20 minutes or more & once I rewound it.. realizing I hadn't missed anything important at all. The dialog in this book was really forced too.. If you want this book, I suggest reading it yourself it might be the difference needed to enjoy it.

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  • stl1111
  • 2015-02-03

Don't bother with this one

This must be the first book by Tami Hoag that I've listened to. I thought she was supposed to be good. The text is banal, generic, "canned" cop speak. The plot is based on stereotypical gay men and the narrow minded cops that work with them. She doesn't use vocabulary that describes what she wants to say. Literally, every other sentence is, "like a.....". Do people actually say,"let's blow this joint"??? I don't like the reader either. An east coast, tough guy wanna be. NOTHING like a midwest accent. I listen to a lot of marginal books to pass the time as I work on daily jobs or working out. I couldn't get past the first 6 chapters. Save yourself the time.

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  • Cookie Fan
  • 2015-02-15

Intrigue? Not much. Slow, you betcha!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Another author perhaps

What was most disappointing about Tami Hoag’s story?

S L O W . . .

Would you be willing to try another one of David Colacci’s performances?

Not right now.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dust to Dust?

less wordy descriptive narration. It seemed to go on and on.

Any additional comments?

Disappointing.

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  • Hockey
  • 2015-07-09

Exceptional

Great plot and characters. Recommend this book to anyone who loves a good police thriller.










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  • John
  • 2015-01-10

Great in every way.

Great plot, interesting characters, one of my favourite narrators. I hope there are more of the same to come. John

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  • Fefe
  • 2015-01-21

Twisted

Great book! I had a hard time turning it off. So many twists, had me guessing all the way to the end.

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  • Wayne
  • 2018-06-25

Outstanding police procedural!

The Minneapolis based police detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liaka series has six novels and one short story to date. This is only the second one I have listened to. DUST TO DUST is superb in every way. The publisher's summary sets it up perfectly so I will not add to it. David Colacci's narration also earns 5 stars.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful