Kill the Messenger

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Tami Hoag
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: July 2004
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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Overview

With this new thriller, The New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag delivers her own message to suspense fans everywhere: Don't turn off the lights, and keep reading if you dare. From the gritty streets of Los Angeles to its most protected enclaves of prestige and power to the ruthless glamour of Hollywood, a killer stalks his prey. A killer so merciless no one in his way is safe—not even the innocent.

At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.'s sleaziest defense attorneys, he's nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to escape with his life—and with the package someone wants badly enough to kill for.

Jace returns to Lenny Lowell's office only to find the cops there, the lawyer dead, and Jace himself considered the prime suspect in the savage murder. Suddenly he's on the run from both the cops and a killer, and the key to saving himself and his ten-year-old brother is the envelope he still has—which holds a message no one wants delivered: the truth.

In a city fueled by money, celebrity, and sensationalism, the murder of a bottom-feeding mouthpiece like Lenny Lowell won't make the headlines. So when detectives from the LAPD's elite robbery/homicide division show up, homicide detective Kev Parker wants to know why. Parker is on the downhill slide of a once-promising career, and he doesn't want to be reminded that he used to be one of the hotshots, working cases that made instant celebrities of everyone involved. Like the case of fading retty-boy actor Rob Cole, accused of the brutal murder of his wife, Tricia Crowne-Cole, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the city, L.A.'s latest "crime of the century."

Robbery/Homicide has no reason to be looking at a dead small-time scumbag lawyer or chasing a bike messenger...unless there's something in it for them. Maybe Lenny Lowell had a connection to something big enough to be killed for. Parker begins a search for answers that will lead him to a killer—or the end of his career. Because if there's one lesson he's learned over the years, it's that in a town built on fantasy and fame, delivering the truth can be deadly.

Reviews (49)

Good book

Written by Anonymous on June 20th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Really good book. Definitely kept my interest. By the end, I was desperate to finish it & see how it ended. I highly recommend.

Kill the Messenger

Written by Pam from Long Beach, CA on June 5th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a great story! It kept me interested from beginning to end. And I do love stories about my hometown (Los Angeles). The characters were great and interesting and I never guessed who the "bad guy" was until it was revealed in the story. Loved it.

Kill The Messenger

Written by Anonymous on January 4th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I am a trucker and love audio books- They keep me going- this one I rented from a truck stop before I joined this club. It is so good, memorable, exciting, I just had to give my opinion. GET IT! Unabridged. Great Job Tami Hoang.

Kill the messenger

Written by Anonymous on August 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This story lost my attention so many times that I lost track of who was who. It seemed interesting at first, but I found my mind wandering every time he went back into the same explanation of how family comes first. There is no need to repeat this concept so many times throughout the book. I got it the first time. Not the best book I've read/heard.

Kill the Messenger

Written by Sabrina Lightfoot on May 21st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book was a thrill ride from beginning to end. Loved the characters, the plot and the twists and turns. I could barely stop listening.

Kill the messanger

Written by Michael Delaney on April 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Easy read. Enjoyed the writers style. Nice mix of humor and suspense. Not the best book i've ever read but entertaining. A little long.

Great Read

Written by Anonymous from Kingman, KS on April 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Enjoyed listening. The ending caught me by surpise. Am looking forward to listening to more of Tamis books.

Kill the Messanger

Written by Scott Steele from Arlington, TN on April 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I am a James Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman fan, and i did not think this book would be close to them, but i tried anyhow. Boy was i suprised, Tami Hoag is so talented. plan on listening to all her books. The book had a slow start but boy did it take off, i found my self sitting in the garage waiting for a stopping point and 30 minutes later went inside. Highly Recommend

Kill The Messenger

Written by Anonymous on May 1st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good read. Characters well drawn, and a nice mystery. Saw the ending coming about 2/3 of the way through, but it still played nicely with some surprises. Good writing. Way above average thriller.

Kill the Messenger

Written by Karen from Wanaque, NJ on February 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

In the beginning, I didn't think I was going to like this book, but I all of a sudden wanted to know more about the characters and who had killed the low-life lawyer. None of the characters here are common, familiar ones, and that makes the difference in keeping a high level of interest, at least for me.

Author Details

Author Details

Hoag, Tami

Tami Hoag was born Tami Mikkelson on the 20th of January 1959 in Minnesota. The town she lived in was very small, and there were few children her own age around her, prompting her to develop an active imagination and create stories from a young age. She completed high school and married her high school boyfriend, Daniel Hoag, in 1977.

Hoag never completed a level of schooling higher than high school, as she and her husband moved to a small town without easy college access. She spent the ten years working a variety of jobs, such as photographer’s assistant, showhorse trainer, typist, and salesperson. In 1988 she had her first publication; a romance in the Bantam Books Loveswept Line. After much success in the romance genre she switched to thrillers, where she was equally, if not more, successful and hit the New York Times Bestseller list thirteen consecutive times.

Hoag belongs to a group of women who all made the switch from romance to thriller at roughly the same time; called the “Divas”, they provide support and encouragement to each other.

Hoag currently lives in Virginia.