Hand of Evil : Ali Reynolds

  • by J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by Karen Ziemba
  • Series: Ali Reynolds
  • 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance crafts a thrilling novel of suspense that realizes every parent's worst nightmare.With his hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he's dragged along a deserted stretch of San Juan Road in Phoenix's South Mountain Preserve. It's the perfect place to drive a man to his grave: literally. Starting with a crime so gruesome even prowling coyotes keep their distance from the remains, a killer begins crisscrossing the Southwest on a spree of grisly murders.A hundred miles away, Ali Reynolds is grieving. The newscasting job she once delighted in is gone and so is the philandering husband she loved and thought she knew. When a member of the family who gave Ali a generous scholarship for her education decades earlier suddenly asks her for a meeting, Ali wonders what it can mean. Before she can satisfy her curiosity, though, Ali receives another startling call: a friend's teenage daughter has disappeared. Ali offers to help, but in doing so, she unknowingly begins a quest that will reveal a deadly ring of secrets, at the heart of which lie two undiscriminating killers.Hand of Evil is Jance at her best; weaving a masterful story of suspense that travels over generations, revealing two very different women with the same horrifying secret. Will Ali become a victim herself, or will she escape from a deadly deceit that no amount of security, financial or emotional, can cover up?


What the Critics Say

"Jance delivers a devilish page-turner." (People)
"Jance starts her books fast...and keeps things moving with cinematic panache...engaging and entertaining." (Los Angeles Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Implausible, Irritating and Preachy

If you think you need ham-handed instruction on the virtues of feminism, the perils of the internet, the dangers of text-messaging, the ravages of divorce, the consequences of bad parenting, the social cost of war, the plight of the homeless, and the tragedy of pedophilia and incest, this is the book for you!
As a big fan of JA Jance, I really wanted to like this book, but I found myself getting more and more irritated with this credibility-stretching soapbox. From the irrelevant details about each character's vehicle to the inclusion of seemingly every Dr. Phil-esqe social ill, the book comes off as a more of an extended sermon than a suspense novel.
I also think Jance would be better served sticking with her historically excellent law enforcement main characters rather than a citizen crime fighter. I'm not in law enforcement, but I cringed at the main character's penchant for investigating suspects and interviewing witnesses and criminals. I kept thinking that in real life, "Ali" (if she weren't killed or arrested first) would be a defense attorney's dream come true.
I also take issue with the dream-world of information made available to the main character simple by having a connection to the internet. Much of the details she finds but simply "surfing the net" in reality would require lots of legwork and legal authority.
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- Danette


Definitely not fast paced. Starts in one place and takes 4 hours to come back to it. And the tie ins are a stretch. I am used to James Patterson, that is fast paced, this was slow motion. Far too much character study and no follow up to the energetic beginning.
By the time you get to the conclusion you have almost forgotten who.
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- Darrell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-18-2007
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio