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On a beautiful sunny day in the Coronado National Monument, an elderly couple's car goes off the side of a mountain and into oblivion. The terrain is so rocky that a helicopter must be flown in to retrieve the bodies, and to make matters worse, a thunder-storm is looming on the horizon. Hours later and miles away, the subsiding rain reveals gruesome evidence: two trash bags containing human remains.It's just another day in the life of Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady.Back at home, Joanna has a newborn baby, a teenage daughter, a writer husband, and a difficult mother to deal with. But in the field, it turns out that she has much more on her hands. The remains are those of a handicapped woman who had wandered away from a care facility with a suspicious track record. Another resident, with whom the woman may have been involved, has also been reported missing. Meanwhile, a note is found in the glove compartment of the car lying twisted down the mountainside, stating that its occupants intended to take their own lives. Yet a contradictory autopsy report surfaces, and when the deceased's two daughters show up to feud over their inheritance, Joanna knows there is more to this case than just a suicide pact.And she will go all out to find the truth - no matter where it leads.
©2008 J. A. Jance; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Jance beautifully evokes the desert and towns of her beloved southwest as well as the strong individuals who live there." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Samantha on 08-12-08

Meanders Too Much!

This was my first Jance book and probably my last. The book has several sub-plots that don't really add much to the main story line. In addition, the connection to the prologue isn't revealed until the last few minutes of the book.

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By Andrea on 09-08-09

fun read

It's a fun read but she runs out of steam at the end. It's heavy on dead bodies and relationships, and a little short on plot development.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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