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3.00242571255306 out of 53.00242571255306 out of 53.00242571255306 out of 53.00242571255306 out of 53.00242571255306 out of 5 3.00 (1,649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. A. Jance Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joanna Brady Mysteries Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780061953903
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Sheriff Joanna Brady is the law in Cochise County, and she will never allow her personal trials to interfere with the job she was elected to do—especially now that death has invaded Bisbee, Arizona, and has shattered the small desert town's fragile peace.

A gun dealer has died violently, and his stock of high-powered weapons has been cleaned out. Suspicion falls upon rancher Alton Hosfield, an armed separatist at war with the federal government and the local law—with everyone, in fact, whom he perceives as a threat to his independent way of life.

Joanna Brady suspects the solution is not so cut-and-dried—especially when the cold-blooded slaying is followed by a series of others, equally horrific and perplexing. At best, an incendiary "Ruby Ridge" situation is brewing. At worst, a maniacal serial killer has come to feed on her unsuspecting community. But Joanna's preoccupation with bringing a murderer to justice could take a terrible toll on her private life . . . and unravel threads of family, love, and responsibility that might never again be retied.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fast-paced adventure…Jance is among the best—if not the best—mystery novelists writing today. She delivers again with Rattlesnake Crossing…I loved it!”

    Chattanooga Times

  • “The best Joanna Brady mystery to date…This is J. A. Jance at the top of her form.”

    Arizona Daily Sun

  • “Jance has a talent for weaving prosaic threads into a gripping mystery narrative…The domestic context provides a deliciously ironic backdrop for the game of psychological cat-and-mouse being played in the Arizona desert.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann | 2/12/2014

    " One of the more grisly mysteries for Joanna Brady to solve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/6/2014

    " For thirty years old, Joanna Brady is superwoman. I really like these books. I laugh, cry, and watch her mature. I get to do all this and see Arizona. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/2/2014

    " Keeps you reading to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia B | 2/2/2014

    " Found a new author I like. If you like criminal mysteries, this author is pretty good. The author has two main characters and there are books focusing on each character. One is JoAnna Brady, the sheriff of a small town in Arizona. The other is JP Beaumont, a Seattle homicide detective. Good easy reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 2/1/2014

    " Easy reading detective story by JA Jance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/28/2014

    " J.A. Jance is an excellent author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susi | 1/22/2014

    " I am enjoyed this book. It is set in AZ and I enjoy reading about the places that I know. It is a mystery and the sheriff of the county is a woman, which I also like. I think it is an above average mystery and cop series. I liked it. You could really visualize the woman sheriff doing everything that Jance writes. So, I recommend it for people who like this genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/20/2014

    " I liked Sheriff Joanna Brady and the Arizona setting. A well-paced story with realistic characters. A knowledge of law enforcement procedures and a bit of humor made this a good read. I will recommend this author to mystery readers. "

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

    " This is my favorite book in the Joanna Brady series to date! This book is very character driven but also has a good mystery. I guessed at the murderer early on but it did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. I love Butch and Joanna together. There are some sad parts but this book is very down to earth and realistic. Highly recommended. A fast read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz DeMarco | 1/15/2014

    " Great book! Joanna reminded me of Kinsey Milhone, a good book, with a great ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Behringer | 1/11/2014

    " A page turner. Some sexual content. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/2/2014

    " This was a good one. Sheriff Brady solves a serial killer mystery. Butcha and her get serious, he moves closer to her house. Baby Esther dies after her heart transplant, and Joann is asked by Marianne to give the service which she does. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uncle Cornbread | 12/30/2013

    " I like to read her stories beacause it reminds me of southern az where my family lives ,,cochise county "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gypsy Lady | 12/19/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 12/11/2013

    " Great series with descriptive landscapes in Arizona and lots of good vs. evil. Jance can really write a chase scene. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 12/10/2013

    " Very good, almost an hour by hour account from the discovery of a serial killer of how Sheriff Brady deals with it. She also has the added stress of a friend's child having transplant surgery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 10/25/2013

    " Just a fun mystery, has a good story line and keeps you wondering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 9/18/2013

    " Very sad but good. I think I like her JP Beaumont series better. This book is action-packed and a friend said it reminded her of CJ Box's series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 8/2/2013

    " I really enjoy the Joanna Brady series. This is one of the best I have read so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hanscom | 4/15/2013

    " MAybe a little more - an exciting story with a surprising minor thread of spirituality, especially dealing with loss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominique | 2/26/2013

    " Another classic JA Jance!!! I love the Joanna Brady Series and I'm eager to read the next novel. I'd love to see Joanna in a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Whitney | 1/10/2013

    " I like the way this author puts her mysteries together. She weaves the story together and remains true to the setting. Living in Cochise county, I can picture the setting while reading the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 11/6/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book and I am enjoying this series. J.A. Nance does a great job of blending Joanna's wok life and her personal life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 10/17/2012

    " Currently listening to this one . . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S | 8/28/2012

    " Good read I love the way she keeps you guessing who the culprit to the murder is. Loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bmabey56 | 1/7/2012

    " another fun and quick read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/23/2011

    " I'm enjoying these book and plan to read them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce Snell | 8/5/2011

    " After finding two women who have been shot, mutilated, and left in the desert, Joanna Brady is faced with her first serial killer. This book has a lot more police work than many of Jance's books, and shows Sheriff Brady growing into her position. Good, fast, light reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 6/28/2011

    " Enjoyable book but I didn't enjoy it as much as the others I've read by Jance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann | 5/11/2011

    " One of the more grisly mysteries for Joanna Brady to solve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/13/2011

    " Great book! Joanna reminded me of Kinsey Milhone, a good book, with a great ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 2/12/2011

    " Very good, almost an hour by hour account from the discovery of a serial killer of how Sheriff Brady deals with it. She also has the added stress of a friend's child having transplant surgery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 8/1/2010

    " Great series with descriptive landscapes in Arizona and lots of good vs. evil. Jance can really write a chase scene. "

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

    " I like the way this author puts her mysteries together. She weaves the story together and remains true to the setting. Living in Cochise county, I can picture the setting while reading the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 6/9/2010

    " Very sad but good. I think I like her JP Beaumont series better. This book is action-packed and a friend said it reminded her of CJ Box's series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 5/2/2010

    " Enjoyable book but I didn't enjoy it as much as the others I've read by Jance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uncle Cornbread | 9/20/2009

    " I like to read her stories beacause it reminds me of southern az where my family lives ,,cochise county "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/27/2009

    " I liked Sheriff Joanna Brady and the Arizona setting. A well-paced story with realistic characters. A knowledge of law enforcement procedures and a bit of humor made this a good read. I will recommend this author to mystery readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/20/2008

    " One of the first of the JoAnna Brady books I read for the first time AFTER I started logging books read in a calendar...

    I read this over two days working as temp for a construction company! "

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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

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.