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One of Our Own


Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When a sadistic act of violence leaves a woman dead, when a tainted piece of evidence lets her killer walk, how far would you go to see justice done? This is an excerpt from the book, A Thin Dark Line by Tami Hoag.

This novel has recently given me a newfound love for reading. The suspense/thriller followed me everywhere, keeping me on my toes and up at all hours of the night. The anticipation nearly killed me. I often found myself trying to read faster in order to decipher the details of the storyline. I felt myself being consumed into a total fixation on the characters lives. At the end, when I was finally able to put the novel down, I was left speechless and wondering not only about the characters, who became apart of my life, but the author herself.

Just a few miles down the road, the rural community of Harmony, Minnesota is located. Having a population of 1,081 the traditional town is peaceful and serene. Here, the proud parents of creative and ambitious Tami Hoag reside.

Tami Hoag graduated from the Harmony High School in 1977 with fifty-three classmates. Rene Hosting, a high school friend and classmate, emphasized Hoags strong passion for horses and desire to write. In an interview with Rene, she stated, Tami participated in our local 4-H club in the horse project. She was always busy every weekend showing her horses. I would often go out to her place and ride. I also remember her having a stack of notebooks in her room. She was always filling them full of ideas and stories.

It is exciting for me to follow a local woman, and a true Minnesotan with Midwestern values. Knowing that a local celebrity had a strong desire to spread her wings and take new challenges has helped me see that each of us can follow our hearts. She is a great inspiration to all potential writers and will forever be apart of putting southeastern Minnesota on the map.


Kristin O'Connor

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