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3.00186741363212 out of 53.00186741363212 out of 53.00186741363212 out of 53.00186741363212 out of 53.00186741363212 out of 5 3.00 (1,071 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 2009 ISBN: 9780743597432
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In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes temperatures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left to burn. Pulled naked and barely breathing from the fire, the victim has no idea who she is, let alone who would do this to her -- or why. In her hospital bed she drifts in and out of consciousness, her only means of communicating a blink of the eye. And then an angel appears. Misguidedly known around town as the "Angel of Death," Sister Anselm has devoted her life to working as an advocate for unidentified patients. To her burn patient, she is a savior. But to this Jane Doe's would-be killer, Sister Anselm's efforts pose a serious threat.

Ali Reynolds is on the scene as the new media relations consultant for the Yavapai County Police Department, keeping reporters at bay and circumventing questions about arson and a link to a domestic terrorist group called Earth Liberation Front. But her job quickly becomes much more. As Ali struggles to help Sister Anselm uncover the helpless woman's identity, they realize that by locating the missing relatives they may be exposing the victim once more to a remorseless killer determined to finish the job. Faced with the possibility of putting all three of their lives in jeopardy, Ali fearlessly pursues justice -- and what she discovers is a secret even darker and more twisted than she ever could have imagined.

With unerring skill, Jance delivers relentless suspense in what is surely her finest novel yet in this riveting and addictive series. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fast pacing, surprising plot twists, and a strong, principled heroine make for a satisfying read.” 

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  • Jance delivers a devilish page-turner. People
  • Compelling... satisfying. USA Today
  • “Ziemba keeps the story moving, delineating the characters more by what they're feeling than by age, sex, or ethnicity. She brings out Ali’s resourcefulness as well as her vulnerability…engrossing.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/13/2014

    " Apparently, this is the fifth book with the Ali Reynolds character. I like her and found it an interesting book. Now I have the four previous ones to read. Yippee! I like both the Joanna Brady books and the J.P. Beaumont mysteries so it's fun to discover a new protagonist. The only problem is that it kept my reading late at night and I couldn't go to sleep! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce Snell | 2/12/2014

    " This is the 5th book in the Ali Reynolds series by J.A. Jance. It is worth noting that this is the best book of the series thus far, although Jance recycled many ideas previously used earlier in the Joanna Brady series. Ali is hired by the county sheriff's department as a Public Information Officer, and runs into problems with the officers who won't accept her and even more problems with the receptionist - themes taken directly from Joanna Brady. And of course, in keeping with the general theme of the series, Joanna gets drawn into the investigation of an arson/attempt murder, leading to a showdown between her and the criminals before the case is resolved. Probably the thing that makes this the best of the series is that it feels like Jance has figured out who Ali is, and is comfortable writing her stories - even if they are recycled from earlier Joanna Brady stories. It was a fast read, and whiled away a few hours on a rainy day - and that is enough to get a satisfactory recommendation "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Bailey | 2/9/2014

    " The BEST book in the Ali Reynonlds series so far. I was hooked from the first page to the last! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/8/2014

    " Really like this book. I go through authors collections quickly and just picked this one up for something new to try. Not fast moving, but the story has a flow to it, like a river instead of the reapids. Still, the story was interesting and the characters were good. I will try more from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 1/26/2014

    " Maybe I just can't get over Joanna Brady...This is the second novel I've read with Jances'new character who is a would be divoriced ,now luckily widowed newspaper reporter who solves mysteries for the local police department. I started reading really enjoying the plot line of a woman who awakes with severe burns and can't remember her name and who wishes to harm her. A nun called "The Angel of Death' who works with unidentified patients who have no known relatives asks Ali to help her locate her friends and family. It just seemed to go down hill from there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/24/2014

    " New turn and new direction! So far I like... I miss Ali's blogging though! This will be interesting, but the story line is starting to sound like Joanna Brady. I almost wonder if there is a chance that they will eventually meet? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/19/2014

    " I like JA Jance, this one was ok, an interesting read with a good plot. But I wasn't wowed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky Beltz | 1/18/2014

    " Several people, who don't seem to have anything in common, are being stalked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/17/2014

    " I liked this book. Ali is asked to become the Public Affairs spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff. Events quickly unfold which draw in Ali, as she helps Sister Anselm discover the identity of a woman found in an arson fire. The books keeps your attention throughout, and has a very nice ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/15/2014

    " For a suspense novel this was relatively slow paced. The last 1/4 of the book was more active. Not a very believable plot line. 3- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 12/16/2013

    " would give this a 3.5. was in the mood for a quick read mystery and this fit the bill. I figured out the murderer about half way thru but still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deby | 12/7/2013

    " Pretty good story. I read one of the earlier ones and did not realize it was a series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/2/2013

    " I enjoy this series. Light reading, Good mystery. Author likes strong women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy anderson | 11/19/2013

    " Not my normal read, but my sweet husband wanted to get me something (and he knows i like books) so giving it a go. it was hard to get into (i need something a little deeper) but i actually liked it more towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl Campbell | 10/24/2013

    " Good, lighter reading. Fast read. Not to complicated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Fortman | 9/14/2013

    " This is a good book and good series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 8/14/2013

    " My favorite Ali Reynolds by far. I love it that JA Jance has created another strong female detective. Her location descriptions are spot on and her female characters are very realistic and are women I would like to meet! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 5/22/2013

    " Typical Jance book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 10/15/2012

    " I like all her books, but this was a little more fluffy than others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 9/9/2012

    " QV recommended this--I've not read the previous books in the series--enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 8/6/2012

    " It took me a while to get into this book...most likely because I'm reading the series out of order. After reading another Ali story, I went back to where I had left off on this one and was able to get into it...and I'm glad I did. Jance's style is really growing on me :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norma | 6/20/2012

    " I always enjoy JA Jance's books. This is her third series, and like the others, you feel like you are a character in the book looking on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Macjest | 4/9/2012

    " This is the latest in her Ali Reynolds series, and another enjoyable outing. Now that Ali has settled into her new house that she inherited, the local sheriff asks her to temporarily take the position as Public Information Officer. Along the way she helps solve a crime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Widdershins | 12/16/2011

    " I was about halfway through this book before I realized I'd read this one before. That tells you everything you need or know about how memorable it is. I enjoy Jance's books for sheer mindless bubblegum, and it fits the bill. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Mueller | 11/14/2011

    " Decent mystery, but not quite my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 4/27/2011

    " This series keeps getting better. Ali is doing media relations for the police when she is sucked into a case where a woman is left to burn in a house fire. She has come a long way from a TV anchor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/26/2011

    " I liked this book and I like the Ali Reynolds series, but, right now I'm reading books that don't require a lot of brain power, and this is one of them.
    My suggestion would be to read this series from the beginning, so the set up on Ali's character doesn't seem so contrived . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deby | 4/22/2011

    " Pretty good story. I read one of the earlier ones and did not realize it was a series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 4/11/2011

    " Typical Jance mystery/police procedural. I enjoyed it. "

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

    " Getting to like this series by Jance better than the the JoAnna Brady ones. Characterization good. Woman found in burning building, initially no reason could be found for the arson. Involvement with Sister Anselm an interesting addition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 3/26/2011

    " Good book...I think this is an author I could get hooked on. Plenty of mystery, intrigue and edge of your seat, page turning events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl | 3/26/2011

    " Great book. First time I have read an Ali Reynolds book. It took me a while to get hooked - then I had to finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 2/25/2011

    " So far, this book is hard to put down. "

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

    " Good, lighter reading. Fast read. Not to complicated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 2/1/2011

    " Great female protagonist in a fast moving mystery. Interesting side stories and characters. Hard to put down quick read. From a Seattle author I enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/25/2011

    " Quick pacing and good use of the Arizona landscape, as I have come to expect from Ms. Jance. An enjoyable enough read that I plan to go back and read the earlier books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 1/21/2011

    " I have read most of J.A. Jance and I am a fan. Her mysteries are always interesting and a fast read and this Ali Reynolds tale is no different. "

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