Joanna Brady #8
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Mystery Woman Sleuth
In the night-still canyons of the Arizona desert, a
girl is on the run. Alone but for her beloved red-tailed
hawk, she flees from the dark shadows of her young life,
the horror she has witnessedâ€¦and the terror that now
New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance returns with
her eighth novel in the highly acclaimed Joanna Brady
mystery series. Set against the backdrop of the modern
west, this gripping tale finds Sheriff Brady juggling a
precarious overload in both her personal and professional
lives. About to be married, Joanna's facing a daughter
turning twelve and going on twenty, a meddlesome mother
micro-managing her wedding, and new in-laws arriving any
day. The sudden death of her much-loved neighbor and
handyman, Clayton Rhodes, creates further turmoil, leaving
Joanna shocked, saddened, and the target of Clayton's
irate and irrational daughter, who accuses the Sheriff's
Department of covering up a possible murder.
But amidst the uproar, the report of a homicide at Cochise
Stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains quickly captures
Joanna's full attention. An Indian woman has been found
shot to death--a woman recently released from prision
after serving time for the manslaughter killing of her
husband. She is the mother of a missing fifteen-year-old,
The death at first appears to be a case of domestic rage
finally exploding'and a troubled teen runaway may be a
victim, or a cold-blooded killer. Yet as Joanna deals with
the long-standing troubles of Clayton Rhodes' family and
digs deeper into the mysterious life of Lucy and her
family, she discovers that investigating family
hostilities is leading her down a twisted trail of hatred,
greed, and far-reaching consequences--and into a dangerous
world where violence is the first response and long buried
secrets are a reason to killâ€¦or die.
Once again, J.A. Jance delivers a gritty, deftly written
thriller that unfolds on a vivid landscape of raw beauty
and unrelenting danger. And, as always, Sheriff Joanna
Brady brings the setting to life with the sensitivity,
spirit, and intense passion for justice that makes Jance
novels ring with authenticity.
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