Queen of the Night : Walker Family

  • by J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by Greg Itzin
  • Series: Walker Family
  • 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author brings back the Walker family in a multilayered thriller in which murders past and present connect the lives of three families.
Every summer, in an event that is commemorated throughout the Tohono O'odham Nation, the Queen of the Night flower blooms in the Arizona desert. But one couple's intended celebration is shattered by gunfire, the sole witness to the bloodshed a little girl who has lost the only family she's ever known.
To her rescue come Dr. Lani Walker, who sees the trauma of her own childhood reflected in her young patient, and Dan Pardee, an Iraq war veteran and member of an unorthodox border patrol unit called the Shadow Wolves. Joined by Pima County homicide investigator Brian Fellows, they must keep the child safe while tracking down a ruthless killer.
In a second case, retired homicide detective Brandon Walker is investigating the long unsolved murder of an Arizona State University coed. Now, after nearly half a century of silence, the one person who can shed light on that terrible incident is willing to talk. Meanwhile, Walker's wife, Diana Ladd, is reliving memories of a man whose death continues to haunt her in the present day.
As these crimes threaten to tear apart three separate families, the stories and traditions of the Tohono O'odham people remain just beneath the surface of the desert, providing illumination to events of both self-sacrifice and unspeakable evil.


What the Critics Say

"Dedicated to the late Tony Hillerman, Jance's brilliant fourth suspense novel featuring former homicide detective Brandon Walker and his wife, novelist Diana Ladd (after Day of the Dead), spans some 50 years, from a murder in 1959 in San Diego to a rash of killings in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Tucson, Ariz., in 2009. Interwoven with these crimes are legends of the Tohono O'odham Indians (aka the Desert People) and the lives of such contemporary Native people as Lani Walker, Brandon and Diana's adopted daughter. Jance's masterful handling of a complex cast of characters makes it easy for the reader to appreciate the intricate web of relationships that bind them across generations." (Publishers Weekly)


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Queen of the Night

This is a bit different than the other J. A. Jance books. I enjoyed this book and all the native American stories and legends as well as the information about plants and fauna of the desert. The Walker family was wove into an intriguing story and I hope that this becomes a new series. Jance always writes stories that you can hardly put down. Greg Itzin did a good job narrating this story.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

great READ; so-so listen

J. A. Jance is on my very favorites list, but this one I wouldn't recommend for listening -- too many characters names, dates and times flash by too quickly. In a book I would have just flipped back a few pages to make sure of the character's name, etc. but with an I-pod that wasn't an option. If I had to do it over again I'd buy the book.
That said, I did love the story
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- Jean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-03-2010
  • Publisher: HarperAudio