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3.8384 out of 53.8384 out of 53.8384 out of 53.8384 out of 53.8384 out of 5 3.84 (25 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: February 2012 ISBN: 9781442346246
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When violence from the drug wars with the Mexican cartels crosses the border into Arizona, severely injuring an old friend, Ali Reynolds steps in to investigate in New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance’s newest mystery

When Santa Cruz county deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, one of Ali Reynolds’s classmates from the Arizona Police Academy, is gunned down and left to die, he is at first assumed to be an innocent victim of the drug wars escalating across the border. But the crime scene investigation shows there’s much more to it than that, and soon he and his pregnant wife, Teresa, are both under suspicion of wrong-doing.

Ali Reynolds owes Jose Reyes a debt of gratitude for the help he gave her years earlier when she was dealing with a troubled friend. When she’s summoned to his bedside at Mercy Medical Center in Tucson, it’s impossible for Ali to turn away. Upon arriving at the hospital, Ali finds her good friend, Sister Anselm, is there as well, working as patient advocate on behalf of another injured victim, an unidentified border crosser who was raped and savagely beaten.

As more bodies pile up, Ali and Sister Anselm find themselves confronting the evil of the drug cartels head-on. It’s a David-and-Goliath battle, with no way of knowing who the next victim will be. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A captivating page-turner.” 

    Lincoln Journal Star 

  • “Jance keeps firm control of a believable yet complex plot that spins on contemporary issues of cyber stalking and the economic downturn…the plot never stalls and leads to a logical and exciting finale.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In her inimitable, take-no-prisoners style…main character Ali manages to disarm.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “An exciting and carefully fashioned plot, [resolved] with a very satisfying ending.” 

    I Love A Mystery

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/18/2014

    " Death, despair, torture, betrayal--all that is evil in the world--and still this is a positive, hopeful story that could only have been written by a true optimist. J.A. Jance's long experience in churning out suspense novels also serves her well as she deftly weaves a very complex plot that, despite some unlikely coincidences, works well in the end. All in all, an excellent escape from the day-to-day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 2/17/2014

    " I loved the characters in the book. I can not wait to find more books by this author to read. I could not put the book down!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 2/16/2014

    " Deputy sheriff Jose Reyes is ambushed and shot. Ali Reynolds who was a classmate at the police academy rushes to lend assistance to Jose and his pregnant wife. They Reyes is accused of being a drug dealer. In the desert a Border Patrol agent finds a naked, mutilated, and dying girl. Everyone else believes that she is an illeegal immigrant. The two cases eventually tie together after a mailman is murdered. Kept my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbe | 2/10/2014

    " I'm not sure Ali is getting any better as a character but the story was great. "

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

    " Left for Dead is a Ali Reynolds book on a victim who was dumped and left to die. As with all of Mrs. Jance's novel you are never disappointed or bored with all the twists and turns you take in her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pr Latta | 1/30/2014

    " J. A. Jance's Ali Reynolds series (this is #7) departs from Jance's police procedurals in that Ali, though she has attended the police academy, is actually presented as an amateur detective - she's a former journalist/blogger who is just trying to live a quiet life. The writing in this series is more simplistic, explaining the obvious almost like a prosecuting attorney. Formulaic and more convoluted than suspenseful, still entertaining light reading. "

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

    " I really like Jance's books. They are always well-written and contain a great storyline with believable characters, and a result that usually could not be predicted. Loved it! "

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

    " Once again, Ali Reynolds, is involved in a fast paced adventure solving crimes that seem to fall into her lap. It's a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lbaker | 1/10/2014

    " Ali teams up with Sister Anselm to solve 2 cases with her boyfriend B and his employee Stuart in the background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/3/2014

    " A one sitting read! J.A. Jance and Ali Reynolds offer a solid and believable story. Enjoyed it tremendously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/10/2013

    " Too many characters involved. Not one of my her best books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Nelson | 12/10/2013

    " It was ok. Kind of predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 9/12/2013

    " the synopsis did not entice me, but I like the Ali series, so I gave it a try. It was a good read. Always nice to read a book about people that go out of their way to help others out and solve a mystery in their spare moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 8/19/2013

    " I had sort of gotten weary of J.A. Jance but picked up this one on a whim. I liked the various threads and the drawing together of them. I liked the nun too. In my experience, nuns always improve a mystery! :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope Thompson | 6/17/2013

    " just ok, had a hard time getting into it at times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this continuing mystery of Ali Reynolds. A fast read and one of those books you just can't put down. I picked the murderer at the beginning of the book but changed my mind half way through. I was right the first time but there are so many twists and turns. Ms Jance comes through again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 2/4/2013

    " Okay read. Have read several Ali Reynolds books now and would like to like them better, but they really stretch credulity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Roys | 12/8/2012

    " Will read everything she writes because I love the characters. The plots have some twists and turns to keep me coming back. Predictable but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 10/7/2012

    " Great storytelling. The author manages to keep the thread of several stories going and tie each one to the other. Lots of characters--would help to keep a character list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 7/6/2012

    " Jance's books are always good. They move right along and they are hard to put down. Perhaps I have now read so many of them though that I am beginning to find them a bit predictable.. But I still am reading them to the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Schade | 4/27/2012

    " This one was hard to put down. A fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 4/8/2012

    " I love a well-plotted mystery where you wonder how the author will tie it all up in the end. This is definitely a prime example of one and I highly recommend it. "

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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

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.