08-24-2007 10:16 AM
Web of Evil
With this novel, J. A. Jance introduces a new, attention-grabbing female protagonist. Ali Reynolds is a Los Angeles network anchorwoman who retreats to her hometown of Sedona, Arizona, after she's been fired (for being over 40) and almost simultaneously discovers that her husband has been conducting an extramarital affair. Like Jance's Joanna Brady, Reynolds is sympathetic and possesses a sometimes cutting wit, but Ali is much more savvy and worldly wise than the Bisbee sheriff.
Juggling a family and a career is never easy -- and it's becoming a real challenge for Sheriff Joanna Brady in her latest mystery. Coping with the impending delivery of her second child as well as a staff shortage, the last thing Joanna needs are two serious crimes. First the body of an unidentified man is found in the desert. Then one of Joanna's officers is brutally attacked and left for dead while on an unauthorized stakeout. Being a sheriff is no longer an empty title she wants to achieve -- somehow it has become what she is. Her job is to avenge man's inhumanity to man and finding out who the victim was and why he is now dead is what she has been summoned to do with her life. Strapping on a bulletproof vest, she'll risk everything to see that justice is done.
Long Time Gone
J. P. Beaumont's new assignment is the ultimate cold case: While undergoing hypnotherapy, a middle-aged nun suddenly recalls the hideous details of a killing that she had witnessed 50 years ago. This long-repressed memory becomes the seed of a murder investigation that spans several generations.
Day of the Dead
For more than thirty years, the case has remained stone cold - the murder of a local Papago girl, her butchered body found on the side of Highway 86. Brandon Walker, once the sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, no longer feels he has purpose. A reluctant retiree, he is bored with golf, and more so with life. Salvation comes with an invitation to join the ranks of The Last Chance, an exclusive nationwide fraternity of former cops and forensic experts who look into unsolved murders. And one such case is staring Brandon in the face with cold, dead, entreating eyes - a murder investigation that may have been mishandled by his department when he was a young lawman.
The pressure is high for Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady. Combining police work, politics, and a personal life is never easy. But this time out, Sheriff Brady has her hands particularly full. She's investigating the murder of an animal hoarder and the death of her 17 dogs; trying to keep the lid on trouble at the local jail; and dealing with a deadly car crash involving undocumented aliens -- all while trying to fit everything in around the political demands of her struggling reelection campaign. On top of all that, she's coping with personal issues that she suspects will rock her family to the core.
Partner in Crime
In Partner in Crime, J. A. Jance brings together her two most popular characters, J. P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady. What finally unites these engaging, stubbornly independent crime trackers is a jurisdiction-crossing homicide victim. The corpse was discovered on Sheriff Brady's Cochise County, Arizona turf, but while in a more vibrant form, the murdered woman participated in the Washington State Attorney General's Witness Protection Program. To close out the official file on the case, Beaumont, the newest member of the AG's Homicide Investigation Team, is dispatched to Bisbee, where he meets Brady, a pack of suspects, and at least one contract killer.