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3.00244498777506 out of 53.00244498777506 out of 53.00244498777506 out of 53.00244498777506 out of 53.00244498777506 out of 5 3.00 (818 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. A. Jance Narrator: Gregory Itzin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Walker Family Series Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9780062009944
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The New York Times bestselling author brings back the Walker family in a multilayered thriller in which murders past and present connect the lives of three families

Every summer, in an event that is commemorated throughout the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Queen of the Night flower blooms in the Arizona desert. But one couple’s intended celebration is shattered by gunfire, the sole witness to the bloodshed a little girl who has lost the only family she’s ever known.

To her rescue come Dr. Lani Walker, who sees the trauma of her own childhood reflected in her young patient; and Dan Pardee, an Iraq war veteran and member of an unorthodox border patrol unit called the Shadow Wolves. Joined by Pima County homicide investigator Brian Fellows, they must keep the child safe while tracking down a ruthless killer.

In a second case, retired homicide detective Brandon Walker is investigating the long unsolved murder of an Arizona State University coed. Now, after nearly half a century of silence, the one person who can shed light on that terrible incident is willing to talk. Meanwhile, Walker’s wife, Diana Ladd, is reliving memories of a man whose death continues to haunt her in the present day.

As these crimes threaten to tear apart three separate families, the stories and traditions of the Tohono O’odham people remain just beneath the surface of the desert, providing illumination to events of both self-sacrifice and unspeakable evil.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant...Masterful...Jance...has crafted a mystery that Hillerman would be proud of and that her fans will love.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Jance offers that rare—and welcome—hybrid: the suspense novel with heart...A storytelling machine, Jance is at the top of her game and just about irresistible.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/15/2014

    " Loved the Tohono O'Odham traditions spelled out in this book, set in and around Tucson. Good story that showed interrelationship among 3 families. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/9/2014

    " complex cast of characters, but interesting look at Tohono O'odham culture and Anglo interaction; a very fast read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 1/27/2014

    " Ultimately a decent read with a few good characters, but the opening was terrible. I've read the previous Diana Ladd books, though long ago and poorly remembered. This book introduced way too many characters and situations in the beginning of the book and did a poor job of helping me track them, not even effectively managing to remind me of the details of the previous books. I admit I'm bad at remembering mysteries, but still say this intro was poorly handled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Lyon | 1/27/2014

    " Yes, there are a lot of characters, but they are interwoven into a tight story that keeps moving at a good pace. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo Schmitt | 1/21/2014

    " One of the worst books I have read. Had a very difficult time following her time line and places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thebarrys10 | 1/21/2014

    " J.A. Jance sets her stories in AZ and this one is a murder/mystery that has to do with Native American legends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vilo | 1/21/2014

    " A thoroughly satisfying mystery with a little more depth than many. I like Jance because she brings her settings, especially Arizona settings, so completely alive and interesting. This is the 4th book in a series with characters who live near and often interact with the Tohono O'Odham reservation. The first book is Hour of the Hunter and is also fascinating, although somewhat grisly. This fourth one is a little gentler and ties up many of the ongoing stories of characters in the series. Other series I enjoy are the Sheriff Joanna Brady series (different part of Arizona) and the J.P. Beaumont series (set mostly in Seattle). "

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

    " This was the long awaited 4th book of the Walker family series. It was worth waiting for... very wonderful in typical JA Jance style! "

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

    " This is the fourth in a series. I read books 1-3 a few years back and really liked them. they were full of suspense and I found it hard to put them down. Although this book was a good read, it did not have the spine tingling suspense of the first three in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerri | 12/29/2013

    " JA JANCE will always deliver a good, solid mystery and great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agnes | 12/19/2013

    " The one night only bloming cereus centeres this tale of murder and mayhem in Arizona. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 11/30/2013

    " I learned some fun Indian facts, but these characters are not my favorites from Jamce. It was still a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edie | 11/8/2013

    " One of the best Jance's ever. Read it in one day. Couldn't stop. It was just like eating a quart of coffee ice cream by myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 10/18/2013

    " Didn't get real good until almost half-way through the book. Ending was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara B. | 9/11/2013

    " Not my all time favorite J.A.Jamce book, but not too bad. Lots of American Indian lore, etc. My 2 favorite characters she writes about are still Joanna Brady (Bisbee, Az. sheriff) and J.P. Beaumont, a Seattle detective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bunnita (Worth Reading It?) | 3/27/2013

    " It started off a bit choppy and confusing but once I got use to the writing style of this book it was fine. "

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

    " This series by Jance is surpassing the JP Beaumont series in personal popularity...the characters have grown on me and as always Jance can turn out a great yarn...It possibly has a lot to do with the family values that permeateit's entire length...FUN, FUN, FUN!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Terry | 2/23/2013

    " A little predictable in the end. But a feel good kind of way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita Roitman | 10/16/2012

    " typical but i enjoyed the glimpse into life in the southwest.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 6/23/2012

    " Enjoyed this. I thought I was tired of J.A. Jance, but it turns out that I'm not! Read this because Margaret gave it high marks. "

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

    " Lots of Indian lore in this one.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 4/13/2012

    " More about family and Indians than detectives and police. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Waggonerdebbie | 2/11/2012

    " This book was hard to get into to. There were so many characters, I was not sure how many of them I was supposed to remember from previous books in the series. Evidently it has been too long between, however I found the last quarter of the book hard to put down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bobbie | 12/9/2011

    " I love JA Jance. I did not love this book. I only read the first 3 chapters and did not enjoy the many levels upon which she conveyed this story. I enjoy a smooth read and this contained too many switches back and forth from characters for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christiane | 9/20/2011

    " Excellent suspense novel, full of little encounters between characters that enrich the plot and bring it to a satisfying solution. I recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 9/7/2011

    " Not as good as her Joanna Brady and JP Beaumont Series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 7/6/2011

    " Really like this series from Jance. Interesting characters that she grows and carries through. Hope she continues this for a number of books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bunnita (Worth Reading It?) | 5/6/2011

    " It started off a bit choppy and confusing but once I got use to the writing style of this book it was fine. "

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

    " This was the first book by J.A. Jance I have read. I really liked her character development although the jumping around with different time frames and different points of view was disconcerting at first.

    I also liked the ending. Great book I read in 2 days.

    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/14/2011

    " A pretty good mystery, although predictable. It is a continuation of the stories of characters from a couple of earlier books - the Walker family. Familiar characters, murder and gore, cold cases and a little romance make for an entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 3/23/2011

    " Using her fixation on Indian lore, J.A. Jance weaves a police procedural with a slew of characters. While holding few surprises this multilayered thriller will entertain even if only for a brief reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 3/2/2011

    " Not QUITE as good of a read as my precious encounter with J A Jance, but still a delighful read. The Queen of the Night was an interesting premise to hang the story on. The bad guy is a bad, bad, guy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 2/28/2011

    " I hadn't read the other ones in this particular Jance series, so it was a little confusing with all the back stories of the characters thrown in. It was okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 2/16/2011

    " Lots of characters, at first a little hard to follow. But it all works out in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/13/2011

    " Not my all time favorite J.A.Jamce book, but not too bad. Lots of American Indian lore, etc. My 2 favorite characters she writes about are still Joanna Brady (Bisbee, Az. sheriff) and J.P. Beaumont, a Seattle detective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 2/11/2011

    " I like a good mystery and JA Jance is one of the writers I follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacksonjh | 2/10/2011

    " Brandon Walker Series, #4 comes out of retirement. Very well written book. Integration of Indian culture was very interesting and an integral part of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/10/2011

    " A little confusing, so many characters it was hard to follow. "

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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

Gregory Itzin is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his role as President Charles Logan in the series 24, a role for which he was twice nominated for a Primetime Emmy. He has had appearances in a number of television’s most popular shows during the span of his career, including, Matlock, ER, CSI, Friends, The West Wing, and three different Star Trek series. He’s also had roles in numerous films including, Adaptation, The Ides of March, and Lincoln. Most recently he’s had recurring roles in The Mentalist and Covert Affairs.