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Publisher's Summary

A prisoner languishes in a Phoenix jail cell, accused of brutally slaying his estranged wife. No one believes the man is innocent, except the new female sheriff of Cochise County, in town for a crash course in police training.
Joanna Brady is out of her jurisdiction, and possibly in over her head. For a human monster is on the prowl, hiding the grisly evidence of his horrific crimes in the vast emptiness of the Arizona desert. And an impromptu investigation, with no official sanction and no back up, is drawing a cold, ingenious serial killer much too close to Brady for comfort.
©1995 J.A. Jance (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 12-31-09

good book

I love J.A. Jance's books, especially those featuring Joanna Brady. I actually read my first Joanna Brady a week after I moved to Arizona, having found it in the empty house I moved into, so I actually got to know my new state by reading about Sheriff Brady in Cochise County as well as one of Jance's other characters, Ali Reynolds, who supposedly lives in Sedona. The books are very accurate geographically. After reading my first two, I've listened to several Jance books at Audible, including some featuring Seattle's J.P. Beaumont. They all have both interesting stories and interesting protagonists whose lives change in interesting and believable ways over time. I do prefer her female protagonists, though, but maybe because I am female. Somehow, I missed Shoot Don't Shoot, although I read the later ones and had wondered how the widowed Joanna suddenly got a boyfriend. I found out listening to this book!

My only complaint is the irritating voice the narrator gives Joanna's daughter, Jenny. I always liked Jenny but the very odd and unflattering voice given to her by Ms. Huber was enough to make me dread it when she came into the story. The narration wasn't bad otherwise but if you want to hear good narration with a Jance book, listen to something with Karen Ziemba.

The story is a 5 star but Jenny's voice was so amazingly irritating that I gave it a 4. That's how bad it is.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Lachelle Koester on 04-08-10


I love this author. Every Joanna Brady story gets better and better. A must read.

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