It begins with the body of a zombie falling out of the trunk of a car when it hits a pot hole on New Years’ eve. But it is no zombie, but the disfigured corpse of a teenaged girl. Is she the ninth victims of the serial killer known as Doc Holiday? That is what detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska intend to find out. But they find out there is more to this young girl and was she murdered by the serial killer.
I have to say that Tami Hoag creates very interesting stories and convincing characters. She delves into the personalities and makes them human. This one is filled with suspense and is not for the faint of heart. She also makes it personal for Liska as her son knew the murdered girl and a sub-plot that deals with teenage bullying. This novel is captivating and thrilling.
"Kovac had seen more dead bodies than he could count: Men, women, children; victims of shootings, stabbings, strangulations, beatings; fresh corpses and bodies that had been left for days in the trunks of cars in the dead of summer. But he had never seen anything quite like this . . . "
On a frigid New Year's Eve in Minneapolis a young woman's brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is, but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal, or could it just have been a crime of opportunity? Their greatest fear is that not only is she their ninth Jane Doe of the year, but that she may be the ninth victim of a vicious transient serial killer they have come to call Doc Holiday.
Crisscrossing America's heartland, Doc Holiday chooses his victims at random, snatching them in one city and leaving them in another, always on a holiday. If Zombie Doe is one of his, he has brought his gruesome game to a new and more terrifying level. But as Kovac and Liska begin to uncover the truth, they will find that the monsters in their ninth girl's life may have lived closer to home. And even as another young woman disappears, they have to ask the question: which is the greater evil--the devil you know or the devil you don't?
Disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher. I received no compensation for my thoughts.