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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,483 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. A. Jance Narrator: Karen Ziemba Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ali Reynolds Series Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9780743574884
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A new and chilling tale of suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of Hand of Evil

On a dating site, singleatheart.com, bored housewives can find romance with married men looking for sex without strings. But these "married singles" are flirting with more than just their vows. At the heart of this seemingly innocent service, a vengeful computer hacker is playing games with people's lives...and deaths.

Ex-television journalist Ali Reynolds just wants a break from excitement. In the midst of a remodel, the last thing she expects is a murder investigation that will stop the construction on her home. But when the savagely murdered body of stay-at-home mom Morgan Forester is found, Ali's contractor Bryan is the prime suspect. Bryan swears he has nothing to do with his wife's murder -- but as the investigation progresses, Ali seems to be the only resident of Sedona who believes him.

Determined to prove Bryan's innocence, Ali unknowingly lands herself directly in the path of a calculating killer. In a world filled with encrypted computer traps and life-threatening lies, will Ali be able to decode the actions of a ruthless man determined to destroy women -- before he uses his wicked website to find her? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The text is well written, engaging, and humorous, and the audio production, too, is of stellar quality, with actress Karen Ziemba giving each character a distinct personality. Other factors making this the best series offering to date are the addition of new characters and a tighter plot.” 

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • During a career that started in the mid-1980s, Jance has honed her talent for writing entertaining, accessible mysteries that readers can zip through in a weekend. That’s certainly the case with her latest Ali Reynolds novel.” 

    Booklist

  • This veteran of thirty-seven novels has the knack.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/19/2014

    " This is the 1st Allie Reynolds I've read...I've enjoyed all of Jance's series...Reynolds is a semi-retired TV news personality that becomes involved in murder cases...in this one, she becomes involved through the general contractor, who is building her new home in Sedona...he is accused of murdering his philandering wife...everyone becomes embroiled with a sadistice serial killer who has contrived a dating site to find victims...good summer read!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelleen Toland | 2/8/2014

    " Listened to this on my ipod. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis Sommers | 2/7/2014

    " Although basically a light, fun read, this novel was, nevertheless, somewhat more than just a typical thriller. There is a certain "flavor" to the lead character, Alison "Ali" Reynolds, to her family, friends and her home town of Sedona. No longer working as an investigative journalist, Ali has decided to start a blog in which she can detail some of the unhappy events in her life and, hopefully, help others who are going through similar circumstances. In their small town, where everyone seems to know one another, it is hardly a coincidence that Bryan Forester, Ali's contractor, is arrested for the murder of his wife, Morgan, by Ali's sometime boyfriend, Detective Dave Holman. Ali's belief in Bryan's innocence, however, brings her back into the investigative realm and involves her, her butler Leland Brooks, and B. Simpson, the town's computer guru, in the very dangerous plot of a madman, Dr. Peter Winter. There aren't really any twists and turns, as often typifies a psychological thriller, but the characters are nicely developed and the small-town ambiance is conveyed throughout the story. I would have liked to see more development of the various relationships, but the novel focused very specifically on the events of the who-done-it and little else. Still, an enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maddie | 2/5/2014

    " Well, I didn't totally finish it...I got about 100 pages into it and it was nothing but crap...the character were horribly done, the plot was predictable and there are so many side plots and random characters that have absolutely nothing to do with the main plot. I am ashamed that American literature has sunk so low. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/29/2014

    " Enjoy these murder mystery books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 1/25/2014

    " Ali Reynolds finds herself in yet another pickle and yet again J.A. Jance delivers a great novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 1/22/2014

    " I was nervous at the beginning that it was going to be horrible, since it involved young children finding their mother murdered ... But then as it went on, it shifted away from the kids and was easier to read! Very good!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/22/2014

    " Ha! A new character, up to this point, I have only read the Joanna Brady novels. There is a new star in this one, Ali Reynolds, and I like her. Good book, good suspence, good reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillis | 1/18/2014

    " Ali Reynolds to the rescue. Of course she almost get killed doing it. This book was another theme on cheating spouses. On to the next Ali Reynolds book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 1/17/2014

    " This was my first Ali Reynolds J. A. Jance, and I have to say I enjoyed it more than her Joanna Brady ones. So I will be looking for more. Nice plot and lots of info about computer tampering. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie | 1/13/2014

    " I'm at a phase in my life where I just don't want to read graphic murder mysteries, at least that's how I felt when I started this one so I didn't finish it. Seemed to be well written, I just wasn't into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Timna | 1/1/2014

    " I really am not a fan of J.A. Jance's books that aren't about Joanna Brady. I always forget that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janis | 12/29/2013

    " J. A. Jance always writes read worthy books. The characters are real. They are three dimensional. Storylines are believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonya Lucas | 11/29/2013

    " Awesome suspense story. Couldn't put it down. A must read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grumblebuffin | 8/31/2013

    " Jance uses the technique (not common in mysteries) of revealing the solution and all the mysteries concurrent with the activities of the heroine. Thus, we sit by and watch her slowly, ever so slowly, catch on to what is happening. It is tedious and unenjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Antle | 5/12/2013

    " Not her best. Rushed plotting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole Anderson | 5/17/2012

    " This was on of the author's Ali Reynolds books and it was good. As usual Ali gets wrapped up in a murder and almost gets killed, but there's humor and surprise and it was an enjoyable rea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 5/1/2012

    " I really enjoy the Ali Reynolds stories. Very suspenseful and the characters are wonderful, especially Leland Brooks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 1/13/2012

    " I was a little disappointed that Ali wasn't writing in her blog anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 1/6/2012

    " I hadn't read any J.A. Jance in while and was pleased with this book. I had read some of her other character series (Joanna Brady) but will now read more of this one. Enjoyed the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi Shaw | 9/23/2011

    " I just finished this book and I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 8/18/2011

    " If you like the J.A. Jance, Ali character, you will enjoy this. Just good entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence | 8/15/2011

    " Pretty good suspense tale, quick read, this is the first JA Jance book for me, I'll be trying a few others! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 7/22/2011

    " sometimes another title in a mystery series hits just the right spot on a summer day!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Stephenson | 5/31/2011

    " A different approach in this book as you know the killer up front and feel his presence throughout the story. The anticipation of when Ali will cross paths with him creates a different kind of read compared to the other 3 J.A. Jance books I've read. Nice to mix up the formula a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 5/31/2011

    " Good read, no real mystery because you were in the bad guys head all through the book. But still interesting to watch the good guys (gal) figure it out. Good series. Not amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ksafford | 4/7/2011

    " I enjoyed it. It's not a blockbuster but a good mystery. I read a couple of other books by this author while on vacation and they were also good, enjoyable, mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillis | 3/5/2011

    " Ali Reynolds to the rescue. Of course she almost get killed doing it. This book was another theme on cheating spouses. On to the next Ali Reynolds book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 2/14/2011

    " I was a little disappointed that Ali wasn't writing in her blog anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 1/20/2011

    " This was good, I don't think I have read this author or anything in the JA Jance series before. It would have been better if I had been able to start the series at the beginning, but still a great plot and easy to follow characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 12/22/2010

    " A good solid mystery, but the best part of Jance's writing is her ability to make her characters come to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannette | 12/21/2010

    " My friend Lupe was doing house cleaning and gave me this book. I had run out of things to read, so I thought, meh, why not? I LOVED this book! Really good! 1/2 way thru I realized it was part of a series, but it didn't detract from the book itself. Really good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hubjeanne | 12/18/2010

    " Chose this author because she writes about AZ, which I happen to love. She was good, not great. Will read more though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 11/27/2010

    " I've never read this author before, but as a result, I will pursue reading some of her(?) other material.

    Very enjoyable, quick read, with a satisfying cast of characters and ending!

    Thanks mom! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grumblebuffin | 10/5/2010

    " Jance uses the technique (not common in mysteries) of revealing the solution and all the mysteries concurrent with the activities of the heroine. Thus, we sit by and watch her slowly, ever so slowly, catch on to what is happening. It is tedious and unenjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 9/3/2010

    " I really enjoy the Ali Reynolds stories. Very suspenseful and the characters are wonderful, especially Leland Brooks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelleen | 8/16/2010

    " Listened to this on my ipod. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 8/11/2010

    " Still not the biggest fan of the Ali Reynolds character, but I like Jance's books, you can always count on a good mystery and a fast paced quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francis | 7/20/2010

    " Good story, quick read, more fun if you know Arizona "

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About the Author

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, and a number of novels featuring the Walker family. Before becoming an author, Jance worked as a librarian and a teacher on a Native American reservation.

About the Narrator

Karen Ziemba is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a Tony Award-winning actor, singer, and dancer. In 2000 she received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress, along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, starring in Susan Stroman and John Weidman’s hit musical Contact. She also starred as “Roxie Hart” in Chicago and “Rita Racine” in Steel Pier, for which she received her first Tony award nomination as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. She is also active on tours to American cities and has made appearances in television series dramas.