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3.00370562130178 out of 53.00370562130178 out of 53.00370562130178 out of 53.00370562130178 out of 53.00370562130178 out of 5 3.00 (1,352 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. A. Jance Narrator: Karen Ziemba Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ali Reynolds Series Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9780743568425
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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

  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 Joanne | 4/27/2017

    " Entertaining. Easy to Follow. Pleasant voice for the narration "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna Humpherys | 2/18/2014

    " I find myself really liking ali, the main character. I hope this author continues to write books about Ali & her life & what comes next.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Tucker | 1/21/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Erhardt | 1/20/2014

    " Not boring -- not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/7/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 1/6/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Walle | 1/1/2014

    " J. A. Jance is an excellent author. She weaves a murder mystry with great charictor development and an awesome plot. I recommend it highly. I can't wait to read the rest of her works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ktread | 12/21/2013

    " Fast escape suspense fiction. Part of her Ali Reynolds series set in Arizona. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 10/28/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsy Panayides | 10/26/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/23/2013

    " I really like the Ali Reynolds character. This book was suspenseful right up until the end. Dual storylines were a bit confusing at times with all of the additional characters, but kept up the pace. A very quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Duretta | 9/24/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Benducci | 7/18/2013

    " Good book! Interesting pulling from the past. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 6/19/2013

    " Not Jance's best; still at least an average mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 5/2/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.W. Thompson | 4/22/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/11/2013

    " 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 Barbara | 2/1/2013

    " By far the best Ali Reynolds so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Su | 1/29/2013

    " I think Sue Grafton, Elizabeth George, and Harlen Coben have ruined me for other mystery writers. None of the others measure up. I like a story that could happen, not one such as "Hand of Evil" that is downright preposterous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelleen Toland | 12/3/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meagan | 9/14/2012

    " We have a lot of these books at the cottage- they are all the same a little suspense and ridiculous plot points that put non-police people in dangerous situations. This one was alright. It wasn't as suspenseful as I thought it could be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 8/13/2012

    " Another Ali Reynolds mystery. Should have read before CRUEL INTENT, but reading this one did flesh out some of the background info. Story of abused teen, daughter of police officer friend, Dave, mentally ill woman and chaos caused by both. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 2/4/2012

    " 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 Rita | 12/4/2011

    " J A Jance at her best, a gripping read. "

  • 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.