On Sale: July 24, 2012
Featuring: Joanna Brady; Debra Highsmith
Hardcover / e-Book
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New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance brings back
acclaimed sheriff Joanna Brady in an exciting and twisting
mystery set against the beauty and isolation of the Arizona
When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the
body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the
desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and
professional worlds collide, forcing her to tread the
difficult middle ground between being an officer of the law
and a mother. While investigating murders has always meant
discovering unpleasant facts and disquieting truths, the
experienced Joanna isn't prepared for the knowledge she's
about to uncover. Though she's tried to protect her children
from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for
justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to
face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less
perfect than she seemsâ€”especially when a photo from the
crime scene ends up on Facebook. A photo only one person
close to the crime scene could have taken.
The gruesome picture is just the tip of the iceberg. Even a
small, close-knit town like Bisbee has its secrets.
Navigating her way through the unfamiliar world of social
media, Joanna discovers shockingâ€”and
incriminatingâ€”information. The details build, from a
hushed-up suspension, to a group of teenagers with a grudge
against the late Ms. Highsmith, to a hateful video calling
for the principal's death. The video evidence points to one
particular privileged boy, who's already lawyered up thanks
to his father, a well-to-do doctor determined to protect his
son's reputation. Yet the deeper Joanna digs, the more
complications she uncovers. It seems the quiet, upstanding
principal had a hidden past, full of mysterious secrets
she'd successfully kept buried for years.
As the seasoned sheriff juggles professional constraints and
personal demandsâ€”budget cuts, new team members, an arrogant
coroner, a confused teenager, a precocious toddler, and a
high-maintenance motherâ€”she finds herself walking a fine
line between justice and family that has never been so blurred.
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