A thin dark line

Tami Hoag

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New York : Bantam Books 1997.
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494 p.
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Tami Hoag (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Following her New York Times best-sellers Night Sins (1994) and Guilty as Sin , Hoag returns to the Louisiana French Triangle, a favorite setting for past novels. In her latest, she asks, How far would you go to see justice done? Deputy Annie Broussard is haunted by the brutal slaying of a young mother whose accused killer is set free on a technicality. When she comes across drunken Detective Nick Fourcade beating the suspected murderer to a pulp, she pushes aside personal feelings to follow the letter of the law and arrests Fourcade. But her attempt at preventing a crime alienates her fellow police officers, and she becomes persona non grata within the department and a target for increasingly vicious pranks. Ironically, her actions win her the respect of Fourcade, who solicits her aid in piecing together clues to find the killer who is now playing cat-and-mouse with Broussard. With a flair for dialect and regional atmosphere, Hoag captures the essence of the Cajun family and working relationships while injecting suspense and heart-pounding terror into a violent tangle of justice, innocence, treachery, and public opinion. A thoroughly engrossing read for all collections. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Coming off her best-selling hit, Guilty As Sin (LJ 2/1/96), Hoag sets her latest in Bayou Breaux, a fictional Cajun town. A woman is brutally murdered, and everyone, from cops to citizenry, is convinced that the deed was done by Marcus Renard, a fellow she charged with stalking shortly before her death. Renard is set free on a technicality only to be beaten insensible by the chief detective on the case, Nick Fourcade, a patois-speaking recluse with a dark past. Fourcade is arrested by Annie Broussard, an idealistic young sheriff's deputy and the only woman on the force. Because she stands up for what she believes is right, Annie is hounded from her job by the good-ol'-boy cop network. She then joins forces with Fourcade to solve the murder and a series of rapes. Hoag almost scuttles her own story by making the first 200 pages dull and repetitive before finally settling down to let the characters evolve and the story take its own dark, satisfying turns. This doesn't work completely, but her fans won't mind. For popular collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/96.] Laurel A. Wilson, Alexandrian P.L, Mount Vernon, Ind. Copyright 1998 Library Journal Reviews

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In this latest from Hoag, who hit it big with Night Sins (LJ 1/95), a female cop teams with a notoriously ill-tempered male detective in hopes of trapping a vicious killer. Copyright 1998 Library Journal Reviews

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Having begun her career as a romance author for Bantam's Loveswept line, Hoag has evolved into a fine thriller writer. Night Sins, set in rural Minnesota, was her entry into romantic suspense, and her palette became a lot darker when the protagonists reappeared in Guilty as Sin. This latest thriller wastes no time; it's creepy from the prologue, a tortured poem written by the murderer, which both establishes the tone and cleverly sets up the ending. A morass of obsessive love, brutality and planted evidence swirl around Annie Broussard, a pint-sized, by-the-book female deputy working in the sheriff's department of Louisiana's Partout Parish. Everyone in the parishDcitizens, cops and rogue detective Nick FourcadeDbelieves architect Marcus Renard, the man acquitted of torturing and killing 37-year-old realtor Pam Bichon, is guilty. When Annie arrests Nick while he's in the process of beating Marcus to death, she finds herself ostracized by her fellow cops and the townsfolk. Afterwards, both she and Nick are put on suspension and must join forces to uncover the truth about Pam's death. Hoag displays a firm grasp on localeDhere, it's the eccentricities and colorful slang of the Louisiana Bayou country. This isn't exactly a mysteryDthe reader doesn't have to work too hard to figure out who really did it, although the police don't until the final confrontationDbut there's plenty of suspense in waiting to see how it will all be resolved. Psychopathic villains are common enough, but Hoag has managed to endow hers with a scarred entourage that provides a tragic note. (Mar.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Follows the struggle of Louisiana investigator Annie Broussard to bring to justice the killer of a young woman, a quest that allies her with a shady, volatile fellow detective

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In a sultry and twisting thriller set against the backdrop of a Louisiana bayou, Deputy Annie Broussard learns that the boundary between law and justice, and love and murder, is nothing more than a thin, dark line, as she joins forces with a police detective on the edge to trap a killer. Reprint.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Terror stalks the streets of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana. A suspected murderer is free on a technicality, and the cop accused of planting evidence against him is ordered off the case. But Detective Nick Fourcade refuses to walk away. He’s stepped over the line before. This case threatens to push him over the edge.He’s not the only one. Deputy Annie Broussard found the woman’s mutilated body. She still hears the phantom echoes of dying screams. She wants justice. But pursuing the investigation will mean forming an alliance with a man she doesn’t trust and making enemies of the men she works with. It will mean being drawn into the confidence of a killer. For Annie Broussard, finding justice will mean risking everything—including her life.The search for the truth has begun—one that will lead down a twisted trail through the steamy bayous of Louisiana, and deep into the darkest reaches of the human heart.