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4.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. A. Jance Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joanna Brady Mysteries Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780061953866
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A woman is cruelly cut down in a remote corner of Arizona, killed on her nineteenth wedding anniversary by a drunk motorist.? A year later, the driver himself dies badly, and all suspicions point to the slain woman's still-grieving husband as his murderer. But the truth is rarely black and white in the long Southwestern shadows, and one law officer is not rushing to condemn the tragic widower so quickly: Joanna Brady, Sheriff of Cochise County. Brady's convictions, however, are leading her on a twisted trail through inhospitable country—and setting her on a path that will bring her face-to-face with cold, calculating death in the high, lonely desert.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best thing about Jance's books is Joanna Brady…Jance can move Brady from an exciting, dangerous scene on one page to a sensitive, touching personal moment on the next.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Jance skillfully ties the mystery to the southeastern Arizona landscape, its historic mining towns and their modern problems.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jance is hot and getting hotter.”

    Booklist

  • “J. A. Jance hypnotically lures her audience with her cleverly crafted characters and keeps them hooked with a story line that is simultaneously challenging and entertaining. As police procedurals go, the Joanna Brady series is one of the best and it is hoped that it will not be long before the next enthralling installment is published.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Perfect entertainment for anybody who wonders how J. J. Marric’s George Gideon would’ve made out as a southwestern American female.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/14/2014

    " Joanna Brady is a single mother dealing with grief over the loss of her husband. She has to deal with an over-bearing mother and a 9-year-old daughter as she struggles to balance her life. She is also Sheriff of a large county in southern Arizona, where she works with some men who resent her in the position. But Brady is able to handle the demands of being a law-enforcement officer with common sense and sympathy. J. A. Jance's writing of the Arizona terrain resonates with those who know the area. It is rich with a history of Apache strongholds and mining. This is the 4th in the Joanna Brady series, and Jance portrays a real-life character that the reader cheers for, worries about, and is happy when she is successful in solving crimes. I look forward to reading the next episode in Joanna Brady's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanna Aker | 2/7/2014

    " Another good J.A. Jance book that continues following the early career of Joanna Brady as sheriff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 2/4/2014

    " I really enjoy all of Jance's books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Locati | 2/2/2014

    " Part of the Joanna Brady series ... loved this fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lia Rock lantz | 1/27/2014

    " Loved this book and the courageous Joanna Brady. Very fast read for me. Love this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominique | 1/19/2014

    " Another great Joanna Brady book!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria Bernal | 1/19/2014

    " Not one of the best, but interesting enough. In this one she meets her husband to be, Bud and her Mom gets together with an old flame, the Doc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 1/19/2014

    " This is my fifth or so Jance, and her formulas are wearing a bit thin now. The plot felt kind of jerky to me, with too many diversions about Brady's personal life that felt like the ballwas dropped re: suspense. Oh, and I had guessed the killer long before the end this time ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny Wall | 1/14/2014

    " No. 4..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 12/13/2013

    " Jance is always a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 11/4/2013

    " real people humanely portrayed a good plot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hubjeanne | 10/19/2013

    " Another interesting and easy read by Jance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen Patterson | 10/7/2013

    " I love these books, but if J.A. Jance calls Mexicans "wetbacks" one more time, I'm going to stab her in the face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leila | 7/31/2013

    " Jance did it again I totally had the wrong individual pegged as the killer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon Lynne | 1/7/2013

    " I am reading and enjoying this series...it's good light reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gypsy Lady | 11/4/2012

    " Arizona law enforcement fiction "starring" Sheriff Joanna Brady. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Whitney | 10/15/2012

    " Much better narration with this book in the series. The story line was really good also. I cannot wait until I can start the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 10/10/2012

    " Another enjoyable Joanna Brady mystery novel. I hate reading any series out of order but I had to hunt for her earlier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 8/17/2012

    " A trail of murder and intrigue begins with the murder of the local vet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler | 10/30/2011

    " Very boring. It said it was full of suspense and stuff but I kept waiting for it and it never came. Plain uneventful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bmabey56 | 10/11/2011

    " Almost done with this one and then I have to go buy the next three in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dara S. | 9/23/2011

    " Although I am a big mystery fan, I like these because of all the characters relationships. Joanna's relationship with her mother sometimes makes me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 6/27/2011

    " First in the series I think and I enjoyed it.Read the rest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 6/22/2011

    " Mystery novels suck me in even when I hate the plot and the writing style. Drat. I must know more about Joanna Brady. "

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

    " Although I am a big mystery fan, I like these because of all the characters relationships. Joanna's relationship with her mother sometimes makes me laugh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " real people humanely portrayed a good plot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 3/11/2011

    " I am reading and enjoying this series...it's good light reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 11/20/2010

    " A trail of murder and intrigue begins with the murder of the local vet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 8/15/2010

    " Another enjoyable Joanna Brady mystery novel. I hate reading any series out of order but I had to hunt for her earlier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 7/24/2010

    " Much better narration with this book in the series. The story line was really good also. I cannot wait until I can start the next book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler | 7/16/2010

    " Very boring. It said it was full of suspense and stuff but I kept waiting for it and it never came. Plain uneventful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 4/24/2010

    " Mystery novels suck me in even when I hate the plot and the writing style. Drat. I must know more about Joanna Brady. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 12/19/2009

    " Not one of the best, but interesting enough. In this one she meets her husband to be, Bud and her Mom gets together with an old flame, the Doc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla | 7/20/2009

    " A Joanna Brady novel. I love this series. Joanna is the resilient woman we all wish to be. Smart, tough, sensitive and fun. "

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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. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance and her husband live in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

About the Narrator

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.