Non ancora pubblicato in Italia. Due different omicidi apparentemente non collegati porta due ex colleghi a investigare di nuovo insieme. E di più i due investigatori si avvicinano alla verità, più i loro casi si fanno macabri…

Let me start by saying that some of the descriptions in this crime novel are a little gruesome and the violence is too graphic, at least for me.

At the center of the novel there are two detectives of the police of Minneapolis, Nikki Lisa and Sam Kovac. Partner for years in the homicide squad, they are now working separately after Nikki left to spend more time with her sons. She is now working cold cases and the first one is a twenty-five-year-old homicide. The detective at the time, Duffy, doesn’t think she can do the job because she is a woman and the victim’s family is blocking her.

In the meantime, her ex-partner Kovac has to solve the horrible homicide of a university professor and his wife, killed by a Japanese samurai sword. With the help of his young new partner he tries to find out what happened, but soon his case intertwines with Nikki’s case and the two partner are working together again.

This is the fifth book in a series, but I found no problem reading it as a standalone. I enjoyed reading about Liska and Kovac’s relationship, not only as partners but also as friends, and see them not only doing their job, but also in their personal lives.

As the narration alternates between the two cases, the suspense raises and I never knew what to expect next and I was completely taken by surprise by the ending.

This is my first Tami Hoag’s novel and I found that the writing is captivating and it flows easily page after page. I am already looking forward to read more from this author.