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Day of the Dead (Brandon Walker and Diana Ladd Series #3)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Enthalling thriller

    Elderly Tohono O'odham Indian, Emma Orozco, visits former sheriff Brandon Walker to ask if he will investigate the vicious murder of her daughter, Roseanne. Having a connection to the Indian tribe through his beloved adopted daughter and unable to refuse a client unable to pay his expenses, Brandon agrees to make inquiries into a cold case homicide that occurred over three decades ago. Solving a killing that happened during the Nixon Administration is doubtful. Brandon turns to the privately funded The Last Chance, a group that investigates unsolved crimes for assistance including money. As he makes inquiries into the Roseanne murder, he notices a pattern of eerily similar deaths. He postulates that a serial killer or multiple culprits have left dismembered bodies by isolated Southwest roads with no other clues. He begins to close in on the amoral killer(s) who have no compunction in eliminating the sleuth, his family, and friends. The fast-paced third Walker mystery is an exciting crime thriller that contains a lot more sexual violence (especially by an unscrupulous couple) than normally seen in a J.A. Jance tale (see J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady novels). Walker is a fabulous protagonist who reveres Native American customs and mysticism, but uses old fashion investigative techniques to try to uncover the culprit(s). The secondary cast especially his wife Diana (major player in (see HOUR OF THE HUNTER and KISS OF THE BEES), a close dying friend Fat Crack Ortiz, his adopted daughter Lani and several other Indians enable the audience to see deeper into this fine upstanding champion. This is a terrific not so cold case that fans of the author will cherish. Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

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    CD/Unabridged/Mystery: Too many characters. Too many meaningle

    CD/Unabridged/Mystery: Too many characters. Too many meaningless flashbacks. This audio would have been so, so much better if it was abridged. I'm never going to listen or read another Brandon Walker novel. I'll stick with Joanna Brady.
    This one had too many issues. The narrator was find, but the book is full of background details to characters that have no real purpose to the plot and solving the murders. The ending was extremely anti-climatic and a letdown. The bad guys get off way too easy.
    Also, DON'T CUT THE UMBILICAL CORD! If someone is has a baby in a car, go to the hospital and let a doctor cut the cord! Don't use a unsterilized knife; even with the ends tied, there can be a major infection! I was yelling at these idiots.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    I love the lady sheriff and the x-alkie!

    Jance has several different settings but her writing is fun and enjoyable. I read alot of technical stuff for work and it's great to have something interesting and fast moving to relax to when the day is done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2005

    Is just a perfect thriller!

    This is my first suspense story that I have read, but thanks to J.A Jance, I have discover that I really like suspence. This book is non stopping thriller just by reading the first paragragh. It's just like a puzzle, putting stories and character in order to be able to conect the story. But also very confucing, but with this book confucing is good. I really recommend this book to everybody, because it's just good, in all aspects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004

    CRACKLING SUSPENSE

    It's tempting to praise J. A. Jance's latest, calling it a 'Southwestern mystery.' It does beautifully evoke the scenes of that region as well as the faces and personalities of the Native Americans who live there. However, one simply cannot fit bestselling mystery writer Jance into a predictable box - she's far too original for that. So, let's simply say that the setting for this is the Southwest, by turns barren and beautiful. The villain is as merciless as the scorching sun over that area's desert. Day of the Dead returns to the story of former sheriff Brandon Walker, first introduced in Hour of the Hunter and Kiss of the Bees. Walker's now a retiree - a none too happy one at that. Golf isn't his game, solving crimes is; he's bored. Wife, Diana Ladd, is still typing away on Pulitzer Prize winning books, but Walker is in a funk, missing the action and challenge of former days. He's asked to join an organization, TLC, or The Last Chance. Purpose of this group is to solve old crimes, cold cases; this is right down his alley. Little does he know that the first case is one that his department messed up some years back. A fifteen-year-old Tohono O'odham girl was murdered, not only murdered but mutilated. What was a cold case becomes a hot case when it becomes evident that there is a serial killer on the loose with a decades old crime record. Jance, a New York Times bestselling author, has penned 29 novels, some 10 million of which are in print. She spent several years living on the Tohono O'odham reservation west of Tucson, Arizona, thus her memories of the scene and the people are vivid, all of which enriches her story. In addition, while she and her husband were on the reservation they became the targets of a serial killer. Recognized by the press as 'among the best - if not the best mystery novelist writing today, ' she writes from the heart and from experience. Don't miss 'Day of the Dead' for crackling suspense derived from shocking truth. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2004

    Sadly, not her best.

    I was surprised this was Ms. Jance's third Brandon Walker novel. I had not seen the first two, and I'm a BIG fan of Ms. Jance! I found this book scattered with confusing story lines, too many characters (each with two names)and not as well developed as her previous people. I guess I need to get the first two Brandon Walker books to find out what happened to Joanna Brady? In the meantime, I'M PATIENTLY(?) WAITING FOR BEAUMONT TO RETURN!!!!!!

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