Book Review: Prior Bad Acts


Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag

It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl’s prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry—and puts the judge in grave danger.

When an unknown assailant attacks Judge Moore in a parking garage, two of Minneapolis’s top cops are called upon to solve the crime and keep the judge from further harm. Detective Sam Kovac is as hard-boiled as they come, and his wisecracking partner, Nikki Liska, isn’t far behind. Neither one wants to be on this case, but when Karl Dahl escapes from custody, everything changes, and a seemingly straightforward case cartwheels out of control.

The stakes go even higher when the judge is kidnapped—snatched out of her own bed even as the police sit outside, watching her house. Now Kovac and Liska must navigate through a maze of suspects that includes the stepson of a murder victim, a husband with a secret life, and a rogue cop looking for revenge where the justice system failed.

With no time to spare, the detectives are pulled down a strange dark trail of smoke and mirrors, where no one is who they seem and everyone is guilty of Prior Bad Acts.


Really sick and twisted murders and the aftermath of it all. There were so many crimes to fight, victims to help, and criminals to find. 

I figured it couldn’t of been the criminal they put on trial and I was right. Of my two guesses, I was right! It took me a while, but it was clear to me but everyone in the book.

You just never know the true thoughts and evil inside of a person. 

 (((((It was Bobby Haas, the son/step brother of the victims. He killed his birth mother, then adoptive mother, finally killing his dad’s new wife and foster kids. He also attacked Judge Moore because if Karl Dahl didn’t go to jail they would keep searching for the murder.

Carrie Moore’s husband was a major slime ball, but innocent of attacking or murdering her. He was JUST using her money to direct porn.

Carl Dahl didn’t commit those murders, but it’s clear he’s done unspeakable things in the past as he has no problem murdering more innocent people.

The rouge cop finally loses his mind and kills Dahl, attacks his lawyer, and attempts to attack Carrie Moore. The other cops realize they never knew him and if they did, he might not have felt so alone.)))))

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The Widow by Fiona Barton

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

This sounds like it will be a wild and crazy ride. I can’t wait. 


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