Cry Wolf

Cry Wolf

by Tami Hoag

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Overview

The scream heard by no one is the deadliest.

In the rural parishes of Louisiana's French Triangle, young women are disappearing one by one, only to turn up on the banks of the bayou, strangled and cast aside where they are sure to be found. But there is one trophy the killer prizes above all others, one woman who must be silenced forever....

Attorney Laurel Chandler did not come back to Bayou Breaux to seek justice. That once-burning obsession had destroyed her credibility, her career, her marriage—and nearly her sanity. But when a ruthless predator strikes too close to home, she's lured into a perverse game from which there may be no escape. Once before, Laurel's cries against a monstrous evil went unanswered. Who will listen now?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786209705
Publisher: Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date: 04/01/1997
Pages: 790
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.77(h) x 1.54(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author Tami Hoag’s novels have appeared regularly on national bestseller lists since the publication of her first book in 1988. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Prologue

The bateau slides through the still waters of the bayou. Still, black waters as dark as the night sky. As dark as the heart of a killer. In the water stand the cypress, rank upon rank, tall sentinels as motionless and silent as death. Behind them, on the banks, the weeping willows, boughs bowed as if by grief, and the live oak with their twisted trunks and gnarled branches, looking like enchanted things eternally frozen in a moment of agony. And from their contorted limbs hangs the moss, gray and dusty and tattered, like old feather boas left to rot in the attic of some long-forgotten, long-ruined mansion.

All is gray and black in the night in the swamp. The absence of light, the reflection of light. A sliver of moon is wedged between high clouds, then disappears. Stillness descends all around as the boat passes. Eyes peer out from the reeds, from the trees, from just above the surface of the water Night is the time of the hunter and the hunted. But all the creatures wait as the bateau slips past them, its motor purring, low and throaty, like a panther's growl. The air of expectation thickens like the mist that hovers between the trunks of the tupelo and sweet gum trees.

One predator has struck the night, cunning and vicious with no motivation but the thrill of holding another's life and savoring the power to snuff it out. The creatures of the swamp watch as the predator passes, as the scent of fresh blood mingles with the rank, metallic aroma of the bayou1 and the sweet perfume of wild honeysuckle, jasmine, and verbena.

The motor dies. The boat skirts a raft of water hyacinth noses through the cattails and lily pads, and sidles up to themuddy bank, where ferns and creepers grow in a tangled skein. Somewhere in the distance a scream tears through the fabric of the night. Like an echo. Like a memory. The predator smiles, fondly, slyly, thinking not of the nutria that issued the sound, but of the woman lying dead on the floor of the bateau.

Another kill. Another rush. Another dizzying high. Power, more seductive than sex, more addictive than cocaine. Blood, warm and silky, sweet as wine. The pulse of life rushing with fear, pounding, frantic . . . ebbing, dying.

The body is dragged to the bank, left near the end of a crushed clamshell path that glows powdery white as the moon flashes down once again like a searchlight—there and gone, there and gone. Its beam illuminates a dark head of hair, damp and disheveled with no trace of the style that had been so painstakingly sculpted and sprayed hours ago; a face, ghostly pale, cheeks rouged clownishly, lipstick smeared, mouth slack, eyes open and staring, unseeing, up at the heavens. Looking for mercy, looking for deliverance. Too late for either.

She will be found. In a day, maybe two. Fishermen will come to fill their creels with bream, bluegill, sac-a-lait. They will find her. But none will find her killer.

Too cunning, too clever, beyond the laws of man, outside the realm of suspicion this predator stalks...

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Cry Wolf 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
-Susan- More than 1 year ago
Though not quite finished reading, I offer these thoughts: Two stars because it's Tami Hoag and I usually like her books. This is the weakest of nine I've read (copyright date 1993, not a recent effort). Another reviewer mentioned frustration with the unevenness of the characters and I concur. I prefer heroines with great strength. Lauren is abysmal. "Fragile" is used to describe her way too often. Read something by Suzanne Brockmann! Check her out at your local library or order from B/N. :)
Ernetta More than 1 year ago
Did not hold my interest. Very boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must not be reading the same book. I couldn't even finish it. The main characters don't know if they want to be strong, weak, sexy, hard to get, pitiful or determined, and there isn't enough suspense..at least not enough in the 300 some pages I have read. I usually buy books after reading the reviews but this time I was very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorites. I pick this book up every time I am between books and nothing good has come out recently. Its funny, suspenseful, romantic
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cry Wolf was a great book. I think it was wonderfully written. I also think it was an equal to Still Waters and Dark Paridise. But much better than A Thin Dark Line. Her books keep you reading. You think you no who the killer is but in the end your guess is all wrong. Tami Hoag writes wonderful characters. I think out of all the books I've read of Tami Hoag's, this one is the best. It was full of suspense and romance. I think it is an outstanding book.
puttsplace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An attorney (Laurel) who has been disgraced in another job is recuperating in her home town in southern Louisiana. There she falls in love and becomes the central character in a series of murders. Louisiana's French Triangle, young women are disappearing one by one, only to turn up on the banks of the bayou, strangled and cast aside where they are sure to be found. But there is one trophy the killer prizes above all others, one woman who must be silenced forever
amacmillen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An attorney (Laurel) who has been disgraced in another job is recuperating in her home town in southern Louisiana. There she falls in love and becomes the central character in a series of murders. The district Attorney of the community is the murder and comes to his demise in the end in his lair in the bayou.
_Lily_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cry Wolf by Tami HoagReviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.The scream heard by no one is the deadliest.In the rural parishes of Louisiana's French Triangle, young women are disappearing one by one, only to turn up on the banks of the bayou, strangled and cast aside where they are sure to be found. But there is one trophy the killer prizes above all others, one woman who must be silenced forever....Attorney Laurel Chandler did not come back to Bayou Breaux to seek justice. That once-burning obsession had destroyed her credibility, her career, her marriage--and nearly her sanity. But when a ruthless predator strikes too close to home, she's lured into a perverse game from which there may be no escape. Once before, Laurel's cries against a monstrous evil went unanswered. Who will listen now?(Synopsis provided by Goodreads.com)Cry Wolf is the first book by Hoag I have read. For me, the book started out slow, very slow. It seemed to me to be more of a romance then a mystery. It needs to be said, that I am not very big on romance novels. A lot of people love them, but they just are not my cup of tea. So I am looking past that and am going to focus on the mystery element of this book.The book follows Laurel who is a lawyer is the one that ultimately is looking for the killer(s). I found the writing to be good, but at times, it felt a bit too flowery and I think the book could have used a bit more editing.For the most part the dialog was good, there were a few parts that were unbearably cheesy, but those were more of the romantic scenes and again, I'm not a fan of romance books. Hoag did a good job on leaving small clues leading to the answer of who is the killer(s). I had an idea of who it was, but I wasn't sure. Ultimately, I was wrong and the answer came as a small surprise for me, I had thought about this person(s) but I didn't think they were the answer.Hoag is a talented author and I would try another of her books as I have heard from other readers that she other books that are more mystery.Over all rating:*** this is a solid 3 1/2 out of five stars for me. The romance which took up more of the book then the mystery knocked it down for me.Cover ArtThe cover art is okay, I don't love it, but I don't dislike it either.Obtained:My personal book shelf
tina1969 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When you read a Tami Hoag you know what you are going to get. A tale with crime but with a romance between the two main characters, and plenty of sex. What more can a girl ask for when wanting to curl up with a great book.
Scorpio711 More than 1 year ago
No up to par with Tami Hoag's books. I don't understand the great reviews! This is by far the worse Tami Hoag book I've read.
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Loved the characters in this book! Probably the most intense and best read I've had with Hoag yet! The setting in Louisiana Bayou was awesome! -JT 
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s10mb3c41 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book, it is fast pace, keeps your interest all the way. She is an excellent writer and I really enjoy reading her books and especially this one.
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I've never read any of Hoag's novel's before, but after this I'm not tempted. It was slow going at first, but I thought it would improve. Not. More about sex-starved sister than a mystery plot of any sort. If you love this author, carry on, but if you're unsure, better read some more reviews before you buy.
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