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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,413 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. A. Jance Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joanna Brady Mysteries Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780061953873
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A cop lies dying beneath the blistering Arizona sun—a local lawman who may well have become the next sheriff of Cochise County.?The police brass claim that Andy Brady was dirty, and that his shooting was a suicide attempt. Joanna Brady, his devoted wife and mother of their nine-year-old daughter, knows a cover-up when she hears one . . . and murder when she sees it. But her determined efforts to hunt down an assassin and clear her husband's name are placing Joanna and her surviving family in harm's way—because in the desert, the one thing more lethal than a rattler's bite . . . is the truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jance's tale crackles with tension. Joanna's struggle and pain are affecting; Jance writes with an understanding that character is destiny.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/8/2014

    " This is a decent southwest suspense novel. I look forwrd to reading the next one in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liberty | 2/1/2014

    " Great series! I realized I've already read this on! Moving on to another! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M Pogoy | 1/25/2014

    " I love the characters most specially Joanna Brady. She is so convincing and very brave. Ms. Jance's writing makes you feel as if the scenes were happening right in front of you in reality and she's also very clever to jump easily from a dangerous situation to heart-warming moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoDee | 1/23/2014

    " Joanna Brady is a great character. She fills in for her husband after his murder, is elected Sherriff, then grows into the job. A very interesting and exciting series, you share her journey as Joanna matures as a law enforcement agent, a mother and a woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/18/2014

    " I really liked this book, such a sad story and then the beginning of a great series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/15/2014

    " Part of my catch-up on popular series I haven't read yet. First of a well-known female sheriff series in Bisbee, AZ. I enjoyed it and it was a fast read. Want to try her Beaumont series set in Seattle too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/7/2014

    " Book 1 in the series. I always have to read them in order:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr. Granger | 1/7/2014

    " Okay, count me very impressed. I picked up this title just so I could try out my library's new audio book downloads without knowing anything about the book. Now that I'm done listening, I want more. I definitely want more Joanna Brady. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/2/2014

    " Enjoyed this book. Was surprised how much I expect cellphones in novels. This book is just pre cell phone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/28/2013

    " Love this series. Read all of them so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 12/17/2013

    " I was worried that, having read book 2 first, that I would not enjoy this one. Though I already knew what would happen to at least two of the key characters by the end of the book, I did enjoy watching the story unfold. I'm looking forward to more in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Eilers | 12/17/2013

    " I'm not mystery buff, so I don't know how great this book is compared to others of its kind. It was decent. I remember reading it quickly but not being impressed. Perhaps it's better than I recall. Either way, I won't be rereading it anytime soon. I read this in a mini-seminar class in college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 12/11/2013

    " finally read the first one in the series after having read some of the later ones.....I LOVE these!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbe | 12/4/2013

    " Joanna Brady - resilient "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gypsy Lady | 11/17/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 11/15/2013

    " I love this series. Great female lead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ubalstecha | 10/29/2013

    " Excellent start to this amazing series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 5/22/2013

    " This was one of those "beach reads" like, I could have sat around all day at the beach reading this...it was good, but not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gale | 3/11/2013

    " The entire Joanna Brady series of books are very good and well worth reading - in order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan Rowoth | 12/7/2012

    " an enjoyable series that I find more fulfilling than JA Jances, JP Beaumont series. Not super innovative, but I like the full cast of characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Diehl | 9/11/2012

    " These are fun - female sheriff in AZ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olgalijo | 8/30/2012

    " Desert Heat was a pleasant surprise. The small town life and plot are interesting, but what I loved were the characters. All them were well developed and had feelings, like, really, they had credible feelings, which is not something you can take for granted in most murder mysteries nowadays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Hamilton | 6/5/2012

    " Not bad. Could tell what would happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 4/25/2012

    " Predictable plot. Didn't I see this movie? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Locati | 3/24/2012

    " Love JA Jance books ... especially her Joanna Brady series. These books are fast reads ... take to the beach or a quick read over a weekend or on a plane. You can easily read with distractions around you and still remember and enjoy the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 8/28/2011

    " excellent, will look for more in Joanna Brady Series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilma Kuhlman | 7/16/2011

    " Good preface for the remaining books, of which I've read a few. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 5/15/2011

    " first shot at joanna brady and ja jance. liked them both. liked the storyline and will read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Em | 4/28/2011

    " I love the characters most specially Joanna Brady. She is so convincing and very brave. Ms. Jance's writing makes you feel as if the scenes were happening right in front of you in reality and she's also very clever to jump easily from a dangerous situation to heart-warming moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 4/24/2011

    " I have read this series out of order so I knew a little of Joana's origins before being elected sheriff before I read this story. However, this was a wonderful book and was a lovely beginning to a great series..I love Joana Brady and I am looking forward to reading another book in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoDee | 4/6/2011

    " Joanna Brady is a great character. She fills in for her husband after his murder, is elected Sherriff, then grows into the job. A very interesting and exciting series, you share her journey as Joanna matures as a law enforcement agent, a mother and a woman. "

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

    " excellent, will look for more in Joanna Brady Series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/8/2011

    " These are fun - female sheriff in AZ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 3/1/2011

    " Excellent book I really enjoyed it, kept me interested through out the entire book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/27/2011

    " Read it in 2 days while on vacation. Very good but was really graphic. Still have 50 pages left... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 1/7/2011

    " Wavered between 3 stars and four. Very fast read and I loved getting to know the characters that are in the series. I listened to Skeleton Canyon first and it piqued my interest. I will continue to read the series. Very good recreational reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/14/2010

    " Love this series. Read all of them so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 11/4/2010

    " My first J.A. Jance novel, and it was alright. Nothing particularly clever or intriguing about the plot or writing, but easy to read and helped pass the time on a long trip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 10/2/2010

    " Having read Outlaw Mountain I'm intrigued by the Joanna Brady story so I'm starting at the beginning...its the back story of how she becomes sheriff through the investigation of her husband's murder...spot on!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 9/3/2010

    " A real sense of suspense adds to the mystery making this book cross boundaries. A fascinating creation of small town dynamics develops within the action without relying on exposition telling us about the trials of village life. The action and pacing are superb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 6/29/2010

    " I had decided I needed to start at the beginning of this series. It was a great start to the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 6/26/2010

    " This book was so terrible. Hundreds of pages of nothing happening at all then three pages of action right at the end and the whole story is wrapped up tight.
    Completely implausible circumstances lead to more implausible events lead to yet more insane conclusions.
    Don't bother. "

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