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About the Book

Kill the Messenger

With this new thriller, 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.

© Copyright 2004 by Bantam, a division of Random House,

Kill the Messenger
by Tami Hoag

  • Publication Date: July 6, 2004
  • Genres: Fiction, Suspense
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • ISBN-10: 0553801953
  • ISBN-13: 9780553801958