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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,349 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 2007 ISBN: 9780743568418
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New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance crafts a thrilling novel of suspense that realizes every parent's worst nightmare.

With his hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he's dragged along a deserted stretch of San Juan Road in Phoenix's South Mountain Preserve. It's the perfect place to drive a man to his grave -- literally. Starting with a crime so gruesome even prowling coyotes keep their distance from the remains, a killer begins crisscrossing the Southwest on a spree of grisly murders.

A hundred miles away, Ali Reynolds is grieving. The newscasting job she once delighted in is gone and so is the philandering husband she loved and thought she knew. When a member of the family who gave Ali a generous scholarship for her education decades earlier suddenly asks her for a meeting, Ali wonders what it can mean. Before she can satisfy her curiosity, though, Ali receives another startling call: a friend's teenage daughter has disappeared. Ali offers to help, but in doing so, she unknowingly begins a quest that will reveal a deadly ring of secrets, at the heart of which lie two undiscriminating killers....

Hand of Evil is Jance at her best; weaving a masterful story of suspense that travels over generations, revealing two very different women with the same horrifying secret. Will Ali become a victim herself, or will she escape from a deadly deceit that no amount of security -- financial or emotional -- can cover up? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jance delivers a devilish page-turner.”

    People

  • Jance starts her books fast...and keeps things moving with cinematic panache...engaging and entertaining. Los Angeles Times
  • Jance delivers a devilish page-turner. People
  • “Jance starts her books fast…and keeps things moving with cinematic panache…engaging and entertaining.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Chilling…an expert in the tricks of her trade.”

    Tennessean (Nashville)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Smuts | 2/17/2014

    " This was a no put down book. I read in a day. Easy read. Kept my interest. I will read more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Duretta | 2/13/2014

    " J.A. Jance certainly isn't a writer with dazzling technique. Her characters are mostly one-dimensional and appear in all her books under different names. Yet...she tells a good story, with intriguing themes, and keeps you hooked until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kani | 2/10/2014

    " A topical novel dealing with the difficult issues of incest and pedophilia. Suspense, murder, parenting and the past all lend layers to the fabric of this tapestry. where the present is but mirroring a past so horrific, and so secreted, makes me wonder what has changed. maybe it wasn't so great back then, maybe we're just more out with it about the under belly of our society. maybe it's part of our acceptance of our dark side to speak out about these more disgusting behaviors. does it foster the behavior or debride it?! interesting read on difficult subject matter. not overly sentimentalized but a bit intellectualized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/7/2014

    " Glad I don't have to choose my favorite between Ali Reynolds and Joanna Brady -- it would be a difficult choice. J.A. Jance continues to spin an entertaining tale, with twists enough to keep me on my toes and enlightening new depths to the main characters. There are several more in this series and I'm looking forward to reading them all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 2/5/2014

    " This prolific author has written yet another formulaic and not very interesting novel os supposed suspense. Don't bother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Tucker | 2/2/2014

    " I thought this book was really good. Easy read. had me at the edge of my seat till the very last page wondering what else is going to go wrong for this women. LOL Strong women ROCK. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 1/31/2014

    " I know this is highly rated and I am a fan of JA Jance's Johanna Brady series, but I just could not get into this one. The plot lines seemed to stretched I just couldn't get past 60 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margot | 1/30/2014

    " Haven't started this one yet, but have read almost all of her others and enjoyed them all. This one has her newest lead character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.W. Thompson | 1/17/2014

    " I found the book a bit bland for my taste, it moved slow and I had to keep trying to get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelleen Toland | 1/13/2014

    " Listened to this on my ipod. Love this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Coy | 1/10/2014

    " This was a good story..just kinda dragged in a few places. I t was my first Jance book..I liked the characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/9/2014

    " Another entertaining, light read. Any book set in Phoenix is going to work for me but this mystery was better than most. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 12/22/2013

    " 2nd in series. Will probably read all of them. Good light mystery/adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micky Parise | 12/13/2013

    " Nice plot, characters and writing. First time reading J.A. Jance and really enjoyed it. Page turner from page 1. Recommend highly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peg | 12/12/2013

    " Love Jance's J. P Beaumont books but not as crazy about Ali. Probably won't read the rest in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/12/2013

    " This character is wearing a little thin. A regular civilian, and yet through three books she's managed to shoot at least three people. Seems a little unlikely. But moves fast, and much like most Jance stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley Mouse | 12/6/2013

    " Not my favorite, but an okay read... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsy Panayides | 11/1/2013

    " Didn't finish---too much "blogging"--distracting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 9/20/2013

    " Easy read. How one person can get involved in so many mysteries at the same time is remarkable! Tying child abuse into the mix was an interesting twist! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 6/3/2013

    " Good read, easy read, drama complete. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 5/21/2013

    " Another great J.A. Jance book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 4/7/2013

    " This was the first Ali Reynolds character I have read, and I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly | 12/22/2012

    " Again I like this charcter can read more and more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/31/2012

    " This was a good entertaining book, a little graphic at times. Its has crimes against children which can be disturbing. Its a little dark which is somewhat different for JA Jance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 5/22/2012

    " I find certain serial mysteries comforting and fun to read. I am a fan of all Ja Jance's series and this new series is no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 4/13/2012

    " I like Ali Reynolds. These are another great summer-type read for me. I like how the whole family always has to get involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 10/1/2011

    " My first Ali Reynolds book, although I have read most of the Joanna Brady and Beaumont novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 9/30/2011

    " There's some batshit crazy that goes on in this book, which is kind of cool, but I still found myself lukewarm towards it. I stopped halfway through to read two other books, so I clearly wasn't in any rush to get through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 9/16/2011

    " This is the first Jance I've read, and I will go back to read the first two in this series. The book was fine without having done the earlier pieces, but there were numerous references to earlier adventures with Ali and Dave. These references did not destroy the story though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina Quinlan | 8/29/2011

    " 3rd in the Ali Reynolds series. Not quite as gripping as the first 2. But I still liked it. I have faith in J.A. Jance, who gave us the terrific Joanna Brady series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 8/25/2011

    " By far the best Ali Reynolds so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 6/18/2011

    " I sure like Ali Reynolds. I think she & I could be friends! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nadine | 5/16/2011

    " JA Jance is one of my favorite authors. But not this time! The subject matter of child molestation was just too gross, and i put the book aside after only a few pages "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 5/4/2011

    " An interesting story with a couple of good plot twists, but the ending was ultimately unsatisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 3/26/2011

    " I thought it was her best Ali Reynolds yet, although I like all her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillis | 2/8/2011

    " This book had some plot twists and turns. I liked how it all came together. There weren't too many twist and turns as the previous book had and finished up quite nicely. I am ready for the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 2/6/2011

    " This one had some real surprises for me. I love it when I don't predict the ending, and that was the case with this book. Now, on to the next one in the series! :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vickie | 2/5/2011

    " And easy read, but not my cup of tea.
    A friend loaned it too me, so read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 2/4/2011

    " I liked the action that was concerning Dave Holman and his daughter, but I couldn't get into the stuff about Arabella. Of all the J.A. Jance books I've read, this was the one that took me the longest to read. I couldn't stay focused on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 2/4/2011

    " Easy read. How one person can get involved in so many mysteries at the same time is remarkable! Tying child abuse into the mix was an interesting twist! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 2/1/2011

    " Formulaic suspense novel from a writer I never heard of. Not my favorite genre by any means
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/19/2011

    " This was a good story..just kinda dragged in a few places. I t was my first Jance book..I liked the characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 10/11/2010

    " I try not to read books out of order. It has the potential to spoil things. I read the next book before this one, and I was able to guess at least three things which would happen in the book, just not how we happened to get there.

    Still, the book is a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marianne | 9/12/2010

    " I know this is highly rated and I am a fan of JA Jance's Johanna Brady series, but I just could not get into this one. The plot lines seemed to stretched I just couldn't get past 60 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.W. | 8/14/2010

    " I found the book a bit bland for my taste, it moved slow and I had to keep trying to get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelleen | 7/29/2010

    " Listened to this on my ipod. Love this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/10/2010

    " This character is wearing a little thin. A regular civilian, and yet through three books she's managed to shoot at least three people. Seems a little unlikely. But moves fast, and much like most Jance stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 6/12/2010

    " Quick read! As with all of Jance's books lots of murders to be solved! "

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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.