I became a great fan of Tami Hoag when I read The Ninth Girl and quickly read and reviewed every other book in the Kovac and Liska series. The Bitter Season is the fifth in the series.
One reason this series works for me is that in some books detectives Kovac and Liska take center stage while in others, they are in the chorus line--so to speak.
In The Bitter Season both Kovac and Liska are featured, but Hoag splits them up. Nikki Liska has gone to the cold case squad so she can spend more time with her young sons, while Sam Kovac must break in a new partner in homicide. Each misses the comfortable relationship they have had in the past, but must adjust to their new situations.
Katherine Quinn makes a token appearance in this one, as do members of the homicide squad that are familiar from the previous novels. Hoag keeps the series fresh with the change-ups, but gives us the sense of familiarity any series reader appreciates. I like Sam's new partner and hope to see more of him in future books. And I hate having to wait for the next in the series!
Read in November; blog post scheduled for Dec. 29, 2015.
Police Procedural. Jan. 12, 2016. Print length: 416 pages.