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Overview

The heat is a killer in Cochise County, Arizona, with temperatures over 100 degrees. In the suffocating stillness of an airless trailer, a woman is lying dead, a bullet hole in her chest. Why someone would murder a harmless loner with a soft spot for stray dogs is only one of the questions nagging at the local police; another is why the killer used an eighty-five-year-old bullet, fired from the same weapon that slaughtered two other women who were discovered bound, naked, and gruesomely posed on the remote edge of a rancher's land.

The slayings are as oppressive as the blistering heat for Sheriff Joanna Brady, who must shoulder the added double burden of a brutal reelection campaign and major developments on the home front. With suddenly more on her plate than many big-city law officers have to contend with, Joanna must put marital distractions and an opponent's dirty tricks in the background and deal with the terrifying reality that now threatens everyone in her jurisdiction: a serial killer in their midst.

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The pressure is high for Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady in Exit Wounds, a riveting mystery where the action is as relentless as the desert heat. Combining police work, politics, and a personal life is never easy. But this time out, Sheriff Brady has her hands particularly full. She's investigating the murder of an animal hoarder and the death of her 17 dogs; trying to keep the lid on trouble at the local jail; and dealing with a deadly car crash involving undocumented aliens -- all while trying to fit everything in around the political demands of her struggling reelection campaign. On top of all that, she's coping with personal issues that she suspects will rock her family to the core.

As always, J. A. Jance does a superb job of juggling the gritty realities of police procedure and political power struggles, while portraying characters whose personal lives are as realistically complex as their jobs and the world they live in. Exit Wounds is a gripping read…and Joanna Brady is sure to face the unexpected challenges in her life head-on. Sue Stone

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“Brady fans won’t want to put this one down.”
Arizona Capitol Times
“Sheriff Brady operates on full throttle throughout....compelling.”
Publishers Weekly
In a fine addition to a lively series, bestseller Jance's ninth after last year's Partners in Crime, Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady once again juggles police work and her complicated personal schedule with lan. It's the Fourth of July, and Brady is racing from event to event, unofficially campaigning for reelection, when she learns that a woman has been found dead in a mobile home, surrounded by 17 dead dogs. The dogs died of the blazing desert heat, but Carol Mossman was shot. Then Brady gets the news that two female bodies have been turned up in a nearby county in New Mexico. Ballistics reveal that the same gun was used in both crimes. Meanwhile, Brady and her husband are delighted to learn that she's pregnant. Morning sickness and eating aversions play a larger role in Brady's day than she would like, but she struggles on with the minutiae of a sheriff's life. Clues to the three murders are slow in coming, but eventually Brady learns that Carol's father Ed Mossman belonged to a cult called the Brethren for many years, and the two women who were murdered in New Mexico were in the midst of producing a report on the publicity-shy Brethren. Joanna begins to understand that the more she learns about the Mossman family and this group, the closer she'll be to solving the murders. Joanna Brady's life is never simple, always busy, and full of questions large and small about human nature. (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In the latest of Jance's Joanna Brady mysteries, the Arizona sheriff investigates the murder of Carol Mossman, a lonely woman who lived in a house trailer in the desert with her 18 dogs. Joanna slowly uncovers a web of deceit involving the Mossman family, including child abuse and incest. This very dark tale also includes polygamists, animal rights activists, illegal immigrants, and a dangerous group of cultists holding children against their will. Joanna must conduct her ever-widening investigation while coping with a reelection campaign and the early stages of pregnancy. Stephanie Brush, whose voice resembles actress Deborah Winger's, provides a smooth, energetic reading. Her ability to convey sympathy for the plights of these characters makes the proceedings seem less sordid than they might have been. Recommended for collections where Jance's works are popular.-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Sheriff Joanna Brady investigates the murder of Carol Mossman, who lived alone in the desert and was shot with an antique gun. Her 17 dogs died, too, due to an intense buildup of heat in the trailer. The investigation leads to the deceased woman's siblings, grandmother, and father, and two murdered female reporters. As the facts come together, it becomes apparent that the victim's father raped his daughters, impregnating at least two. While working on the case, Brady deals with the local animal activist group and illegal immigrants, all while running for reelection. While none of the scenes depict details of the incestuous relationships, the lasting effect of abuse becomes a major point of the story. The human abuse in turn leads back to the topic of animal abuse, painting a sad picture of the horrors of both. But Jance manages to keep the atmosphere positive, with lots of action, energy, and realism along the way, and Brady's personal thoughts and beliefs give a perspective to the events. This 10th in the series offers topics for thought and a rousing plot.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Booklist
“Brady fans won’t want to put this one down.”
Arizona Capitol Times
“Sheriff Brady operates on full throttle throughout....compelling.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380804719
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/27/2004
  • Series: Joanna Brady Series , #11
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

J. A. Jance

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and four interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

Biography

Considering J. A. Jance's now impressive career -- which includes two massively popular mystery series and status as a New York Times bestseller -- it may be difficult to believe that she was initially strongly discouraged from literary pursuits. A chauvinistic creative writing professor advised her to seek out a more "ladylike" job, such as nurse or schoolteacher. Moreover, her alcoholic husband (a failed Faulkner wannabe) assured her there was room in the family for only one writer, and he was it. Determined to make her doomed marriage work, Jance put her writing on the back burner. But while her husband slept, she penned the visceral poems that would eventually be collected in After the Fire.

Jance next chose to use her hard times in a more unlikely manner. Encouraged by an editor to try writing fiction after a failed attempt at a true-crime book, she created J. P. Beaumont, a homicide detective with a taste for booze. Beaumont's drinking problem was clearly linked to Jance's dreadful experiences with her first husband; but, as she explains it: "Beaumont was smart enough to sober up, once the problem was brought to his attention. My husband, on the other hand, died of chronic alcoholism at age 42." So, from misfortune grew one of the most popular characters in modern mystery fiction. Beaumont debuted in 1985's Until Proven Guilty -- and, after years of postponing her writing career, Jance was on her way.

As a sort of light flipside to the dark Beaumont, Jance created her second series in 1991. Inspired by the writer's happier role as a mom, plucky small-town sheriff Joanna Brady was introduced in Desert Heat and struck an immediate chord with readers. In 2005, Jance added a third story sequence to her repertoire with Edge of Evil, featuring Ali Reynolds, a former TV reporter-turned-professional blogger.

And so, the adventures continue! A career such as Jance's would be extraordinary under any circumstances, but considering the obstacles she overcame to become a bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist, her tale is all the more compelling. As she explains it: "One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that everything -- even the bad stuff -- is usable."

Good To Know

Geographically speaking, Jance is equal parts J. P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady. She splits her time between Beaumont's big-city home of Seattle and Brady's desert residence of Arizona.

Before her writing career become truly lucrative, Jance made little more than "fun money" off her books, and on her web site, she wryly recalls "the Improbable Cause trip to Walt Disney World; the Minor in Possession memorial powder room; the Payment in Kind memorial hot tub."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Judith Ann Jance
    2. Hometown:
      Bellevue, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 27, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Watertown, South Dakota
    1. Education:
      B. A., University of Arizona, 1966; M. Ed. in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1970
    2. Website:

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Exit Wounds LP


By J. Jance

Harper Collins Publishers

Copyright © 2003 J. Jance All right reserved. ISBN: 0060545496

Chapter One

Late on Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Joanna Brady sat at her desk, stared at the pages of her calendar, and knew that Butch Dixon, her husband, was absolutely right. She was overbooked. When he had mentioned it at breakfast that morning, she had done the only reasonable thing and denied it completely.

Coffeepot in hand, Butch had stood looking at the week's worth of calendar he had finally convinced Joanna to copy and tape to the refrigerator door in a vain attempt at keeping track of her comings and goings.

"Two parades on Friday?" he had demanded, studying the two pages of copied calendar entries she had just finished posting. "According to this, the parades are followed by appearances at two community picnics." Butch shook his head. "And you still think you'll be at the fairgrounds in time for Jenny's barrel-racing event, which will probably start right around four? You're nuts, Joey," he concluded after a pause. "Totally round the bend. Or else you've picked up a clone without telling me about it."

"Don't worry," she told him. "I'll be fine."

Butch had poured coffee and said nothing more. Now, though, late in the afternoon and after putting in a full day's work, Joanna studied her marathon schedule and worried that maybe Butch was right. How would she cover allthose bases?

The Fourth of July had always been one of Joanna's favorite holidays. She loved going to the parade, hosting or attending a backyard barbecue, and then ending the evening in town watching Bisbee's community fireworks display.

But this wasn't a typical Fourth of July. This was an election year, and Joanna Brady was an active-duty sheriff trying to do her job in the midst of a stiffly contested reelection campaign. Rather than watching a single parade, she was scheduled to participate in two of them - driving her Crown Victoria in Bisbee's parade starting at eleven and in Sierra Vista's, twenty-five miles away, starting at twelve-thirty. She was also slated to appear briefly at two community picnics that day - in Benson and St. David. The day would end with her making a few introductory remarks prior to the annual fireworks display eighty miles from home in Willcox. Stuffed in among all her official duties, she needed to be at the Cochise County fairgrounds outside of Douglas at the stroke of four o'clock.

After years of practicing around a set of barrels positioned around the corral at High Lonesome Ranch, Jennifer Ann Brady had declared that she and her sorrel quarter horse, Kiddo, were ready for their public barrel-racing debut. That Fourth of July would mark Jenny's first-ever competition on the junior rodeo circuit. Joanna's showing up for the barrel-race rodeo had nothing at all to do with politics and everything to do with motherhood.

Be there or be square, Joanna told herself grimly.

Looking away from her calendar, Joanna walked across to the dorm-sized refrigerator Butch had brought back from Costco in Tucson and installed in her office. She retrieved a bottle of water. Taking a thoughtful drink, she stared out the window at the parched hills surrounding the Cochise County Justice Center. The thermometer perched in the shade under the roof of a covered parking stall just outside her office door still hovered around 103 degrees. Summertime temperatures in and around Bisbee seldom exceeded the low nineties, so having the temperature still that hot so late in the afternoon was bound to be a record breaker.

Inside Joanna's office, things weren't much better. The thermostats at all county-owned facilities were now set at a budget/energy-conscious 80 degrees - too warm to think or concentrate. She had a fan in her office, too, but she hated to use it because it tended to blow loose papers all over her desk - and there were always loose papers. The radio, playing softly behind her desk, switched from music to bottom-of-the-hour news where the weather was a big concern. All of Arizona found itself in the grip of a severe drought and what was, even for July, a fierce heat wave.

The radio reporter announced that flights in and out of Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport had been grounded due to concerns that the heat-softened runways might be damaged by planes landing and taking off in the record-breaking 126-degree temperatures. The announcer's running gag about its being a dry heat didn't help Joanna's frame of mind. Bisbee, situated two hundred miles southeast of Phoenix, was a couple of thousand feet higher than Phoenix and more than twenty degrees cooler, but that didn't help, either. Deciding to ignore the weather, Joanna switched off the radio and returned to studying her calendar and its self-inflicted difficulties.

Months earlier, one of her least favorite deputies, Kenneth W. Galloway, had officially announced his intention to run against her. Bankrolled by a wife with a booming real estate business in Sierra Vista, Ken, Jr., had resigned from Joanna's department within weeks of announcing his candidacy. Minus the burden of a regular job, Galloway had been on the stump ever since. He spent every day on the campaign trail, crisscrossing the county with door-belling efforts and public appearances.

And that was where he had Joanna at a disadvantage. With a department to run, she couldn't afford to doorbell all day long. She had done her share of rubber-chicken banquets and pancake-breakfast speeches for local civic organizations, but she'd had to squeeze them in around her regular duties. Which was why she had said yes to appearing at all those various Fourth of July events. She'd be able to cross paths and shake hands with far more people at those holiday get-togethers than she would have been able to see under ordinary circumstances ...

(Continues...)


Excerpted from Exit Wounds LP by J. Jance
Copyright © 2003 by J. Jance
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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First Chapter

Exit Wounds

Chapter One

Late on Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Joanna Brady sat at her desk, stared at the pages of her calendar, and knew that Butch Dixon, her husband, was absolutely right. She was overbooked. When he had mentioned it at breakfast that morning, she had done the only reasonable thing and denied it completely.

Coffeepot in hand, Butch had stood looking at the week's worth of calendar he had finally convinced Joanna to copy and tape to the refrigerator door in a vain attempt at keeping track of her comings and goings.

"Two parades on Friday?" he had demanded, studying the two pages of copied calendar entries she had just finished posting. "According to this, the parades are followed by appearances at two community picnics." Butch shook his head. "And you still think you'll be at the fairgrounds in time for Jenny's barrel-racing event, which will probably start right around four? You're nuts, Joey," he concluded after a pause. "Totally round the bend. Or else you've picked up a clone without telling me about it."

"Don't worry," she told him. "I'll be fine."

Butch had poured coffee and said nothing more. Now, though, late in the afternoon and after putting in a full day's work, Joanna studied her marathon schedule and worried that maybe Butch was right. How would she cover all those bases?

The Fourth of July had always been one of Joanna's favorite holidays. She loved going to the parade, hosting or attending a backyard barbecue, and then ending the evening in town watching Bisbee's community fireworks display.

But this wasn't a typical Fourth of July. This was an election year, and Joanna Brady was an active-duty sheriff trying to do her job in the midst of a stiffly contested reelection campaign. Rather than watching a single parade, she was scheduled to participate in two of them -- driving her Crown Victoria in Bisbee's parade starting at eleven and in Sierra Vista's, twenty-five miles away, starting at twelve-thirty. She was also slated to appear briefly at two community picnics that day -- in Benson and St. David. The day would end with her making a few introductory remarks prior to the annual fireworks display eighty miles from home in Willcox. Stuffed in among all her official duties, she needed to be at the Cochise County fairgrounds outside of Douglas at the stroke of four o'clock.

After years of practicing around a set of barrels positioned around the corral at High Lonesome Ranch, Jennifer Ann Brady had declared that she and her sorrel quarter horse, Kiddo, were ready for their public barrel-racing debut. That Fourth of July would mark Jenny's first-ever competition on the junior rodeo circuit. Joanna's showing up for the barrel-race rodeo had nothing at all to do with politics and everything to do with motherhood.

Be there or be square, Joanna told herself grimly.

Looking away from her calendar, Joanna walked across to the dorm-sized refrigerator Butch had brought back from Costco in Tucson and installed in her office. She retrieved a bottle of water. Taking a thoughtful drink, she stared out the window at the parched hills surrounding the Cochise County Justice Center. The thermometer perched in the shade under the roof of a covered parking stall just outside her office door still hovered around 103 degrees. Summertime temperatures in and around Bisbee seldom exceeded the low nineties, so having the temperature still that hot so late in the afternoon was bound to be a record breaker.

Inside Joanna's office, things weren't much better. The thermostats at all county-owned facilities were now set at a budget/energy-conscious 80 degrees -- too warm to think or concentrate. She had a fan in her office, too, but she hated to use it because it tended to blow loose papers all over her desk -- and there were always loose papers. The radio, playing softly behind her desk, switched from music to bottom-of-the-hour news where the weather was a big concern. All of Arizona found itself in the grip of a severe drought and what was, even for July, a fierce heat wave.

The radio reporter announced that flights in and out of Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport had been grounded due to concerns that the heat-softened runways might be damaged by planes landing and taking off in the record-breaking 126-degree temperatures. The announcer's running gag about its being a dry heat didn't help Joanna's frame of mind. Bisbee, situated two hundred miles southeast of Phoenix, was a couple of thousand feet higher than Phoenix and more than twenty degrees cooler, but that didn't help, either. Deciding to ignore the weather, Joanna switched off the radio and returned to studying her calendar and its self-inflicted difficulties.

Months earlier, one of her least favorite deputies, Kenneth W. Galloway, had officially announced his intention to run against her. Bankrolled by a wife with a booming real estate business in Sierra Vista, Ken, Jr., had resigned from Joanna's department within weeks of announcing his candidacy. Minus the burden of a regular job, Galloway had been on the stump ever since. He spent every day on the campaign trail, crisscrossing the county with door-belling efforts and public appearances.

And that was where he had Joanna at a disadvantage. With a department to run, she couldn't afford to doorbell all day long. She had done her share of rubber-chicken banquets and pancake-breakfast speeches for local civic organizations, but she'd had to squeeze them in around her regular duties. Which was why she had said yes to appearing at all those various Fourth of July events. She'd be able to cross paths and shake hands with far more people at those holiday get-togethers than she would have been able to see under ordinary circumstances ...

Exit Wounds. Copyright © by J. Jance. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with J. A. Jance

Whether you like police procedurals, character-driven mysteries that pack an emotional punch, or stories that hinge on the gritty realities of headline news, bestselling author J. A. Jance has it all in her hard-hitting series featuring Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady. Ransom Notes talked to the creator about this absorbing series and how she manages to incorporate so many different facets into each new novel.

Ransom Notes: What is it about the mystery genre that meant the most to you when you started writing about Joanna Brady?

J. A. Jance: My only rule in writing mysteries is that the bad guy must be punished. When I started writing the Joanna Brady books, Joanna wasn't a police officer. But I soon found I had written police procedurals for so long that I was just unable to write about an amateur sleuth, so I made her a cop.

RN: What made you decide to use a Southwest setting?

JAJ: The Southwest setting has had a major influence on my life. That's where I grew up, scrambling barefoot around the desert all summer long. The idea of using an animal-hoarder plot came to me after one of my sisters (she's head of Animal Control in Pinal County) told me about them. It's easy to read about people with 20 or 30 animals and to assume that these people are trying to help animals. But, apparently, these hoarders are almost always very troubled people. Also, frequently the animals they take in are neglected and aren't given necessary vaccinations. And, even after these animals are rescued from the hoarder, they're often so difficult to handle that they must be destroyed. Taking a puppy or kitten into your life is a lifetime commitment. With dogs, that can mean 10 to 12 years. With cats, it can be even longer. I'm writing this with my dog Aggie's head on my knee. I love my dogs, so it's my job to see that in addition to affection and exercise, Aggie and her sister, Daphne, have regular shots, proper food, enough water, and that they're never left in a hot automobile. I've also made sure they've had obedience training because, earlier this year, I was bitten by a relative's dog, and I was astonished to learn that I was the seventh person who had been bitten by that dog. A far as biting goes, I'm for zero tolerance. That's the other part of being a responsible dog owner.

RN: What made you decide to show how various situations -- from animal rights issues to Joanna's pregnancy and the illegal-aliens case -- affect Joanna's reelection campaign?

JAJ: As sheriff, Joanna isn't able to concentrate on one case at a time, and the same thing is true in her personal life. I think that makes her more interesting, and it also makes her more realistic. Most people don't get to do just one thing at a time. I expect Joanna's pregnancy to give her life a whole new dynamic for future books…and add new complications. If pets are in my books, somebody needs to take care of them. If kids are in my books, the same applies. All I can say is, I'm glad Joanna is married to Butch. It will make my life much simpler. There are more Joanna Brady books already under contract, so it's safe to say she wins reelection.

I like to hear what readers have to say about my books. Fans can contact me through my web site, jajance.com.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    If you like mysteries and cop stories, go for it

    I really enjoy the books by J.A. Jance, especially the ones about Sheriff Brady, they are continuing stories and I just wish there was more of the books about her and her life, her daughter, new hubby and now a new baby. It is an interesting book about a woman sheriff and how she does it all. I especially like that they have made her husband a stay at home Dad and an author.

    J.A. Jance also writes about Det. Beaumont and they are also very good books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    Another great J.A. Jance mystery

    I love a good mystery and I love J.A. Jance, so I cannot say enough about Exit Wounds. A grat read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Not read

    I am putting this in my car as a way to pass time when waiting for service, etc.

    My first by this author.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

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    All in all, not a bad book, but not the greatest either. The beg

    All in all, not a bad book, but not the greatest either. The beginning quarter of the book kind of gave me a sour taste, but the last half seemed much better. It had a little too much family drama for my tastes. The whole thing about being pregnant and running for re-election, the fights with her mother over it and stuff was just about enough to turn me off from the book. Luckily, the mystery part of the book was pretty strong and kept me interested. I would put this story closer to 3.5 stars than three, but not strong enough for four.

    This was my first Joanna Brady novel, and second J.A. Jance novel. Both of the ones I've read had some great parts to the story, with some very annoying sidestory parts. I've got one more Jance novel on my shelf to read, but if it's similar to these two I don't think I'll be going out of my way to track any more down unless heavily discounted/free. They just don't quite sit right with me. I don't know if it's a gender thing, or possibly growing up and working with people in law enforcement, but there were parts in both novels that I had a hard time comprehending viewpoints.

    The eBook was formatted fine with no obvious spelling or grammatical errors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Great Read

    Jance has returned to her formr writing style with a wonderful addition to the Joanna Brady series. This is among her best books, in my opinion. This book is absolutely fantadtic. The primary storyline is very interesting and engages the reader quickly, but the secondary storie are also masterfully written and add allot to the plot as well ad reader enjoyment. I would definately recommend this one. Stephanie Clanahan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Another great adventure!

    I really enjoyed the 11th in the Joanna Brady series. What a sad theme, but one I could unfortunately relate too in so many ways. I'm really loving Joanna Brady and the other main characters in this series. Only 5 more books to go. Highly recommend starting from #1 and reading the whole series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    On the fence

    While the story itself was very interesting and definitely kept me involved, something about the characters, primarily Joanna Brady, struck me as less than authentic. I just didn't feel for her, nor did I particularly like her. I wish the author had gone more in-depth about the characters and their backgrounds. I think I will stick to Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, and Janet Evanovich. This series just wasn't for me..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Good story.

    Sheriff Joanna Brady mystery. Needs a bit of proof-reading. A story of the long reaching effects of both incest and illegal aliens coming into the USA. Also animal hoarding is addressed. Well written. Holds interest to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Great read - typical Joanna Brady.

    Realistic and timely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    enjoyable read

    If you enjoy cop mysteries and don't mind having to pick up the next book to see what happens, then you'll enjoy this series. I started mid-series and am hooked. I like that it is centered in Arizona.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Great reading!

    I love J.A. Jance's books, especially the JoAnna Brady series. Loved this one too! Keeps your interest and you feel like you know her and the family, as well as her dogs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    For Lovers of Southwest Mystery Procedurals

    Solid procedural introduces Cochise County, AZ, Sheriff Joanna Brady, her family, community, cohorts, friends and enemies. A series well worth following for all those who enjoy the genre. The location is, in a sense, a major character in the story. Animal rights advocates and pet lovers will particularly enjoy this initial Brady mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    I really liked the book. It is another great story involving Sherrif Brady. Though she is pregnant and struggling with morning sickness, Joanna Brady feels she still can campaign for reelection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2004

    Another great Joanna Brady novel!

    I really liked the book. It is another great story involving Sherrif Brady. Jance does a great job with all her books. She gives the reader a chance to solve the mystery too. This book does leave you hanging in the end, but it lets you know there will probably be another book to resolve Sherrif Brady's issues. I can't wait for it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2004

    Where's the rest of the book?

    Although I usually enjoy the Joanna Bradyseries I felt that this novel left too many plot lines 'hanging'. Does she win re-election? Baby issues unresolved?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2003

    5 Woofs

    Excellent with a great twist on the who done it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    Another great Joanna Brady novel!

    Sheriff Joanna Brady's first husband, Andy was running for Sheriff in Cochise County, Arizona when he was shot by drug dealers. Joanna ran and was elected Sheriff. She and Butch, her new husband, and her daughter Jenny are adjusting to their new lives. They have just built and moved into a new home. Carol Mossman is found murdered in her trailer. Her 16 dogs are also found dead in her hot trailer. Joanna makes sure she is involved in every homicide investigation and is called out to this one. While there, it is discovered that somehow one puppy was still outside in the pen and survived. She takes it home with her. Recently one of their dogs, Sadie had died. Jenny loves having a new puppy to look after. Joanna goes out to the Animal Shelter to speak with Animal Control Officer Jeannine Phillips who has lodged a complaint that Joanna didn't follow procedure with the puppy. Recently Animal Control has come under Joanna's control. She finds out that if animals aren't adopted in 72 hours, they are euthanized. She finds a blue-eyed Australian shepherd that is about to be 'gone' and adopts her. Later she finds out the dog is afraid of men. This proves to be interesting when she takes her home to meet Butch. A speeding Suburban full of illegals overturns killing many of them. Joanna is involved in searching for the driver and bringing him to justice. She is appalled by the number of people that had been riding in the suburban. The air conditioning in the local jail isn't working. Joanna gets people in place to be able to bring all the prinsoners out to the yard while they get the a/c working again. Something goes wrong and one man is found dead. There is an investigation to find out exactly what happened. This is an election year and many factors play into Joanna's decision about running. Throw in her meddling mother and Joanna has more than she can handle at times. This series is terrific. I enjoy reading about her many escapades. Joanna always gets down to work and with the help of her staff finds the guilty parties. This new installment in this series is a book you will not want to put down. I read it in 24 hours! J. A. Jance has done her research. The plot, characters and setting are all well-written and very alive. I am glad to find this book only having Joanna Brady. I enjoyed the last book that paired her up with J. P. Beaumont (from the other series she writes), but I prefer them in separate books. I highly recommend this book and the whole series.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent installment in this outstanding series

    Though she is pregnant and struggling with morning sickness, Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady feels she still can campaign for reelection. Though stuffing her face makes her vn more nauseous, she runs from one hot dog event to another as she seeks votes while constituents celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.<P> However, her reelection bid goes on the backburner when Joanna learns that a homicide occurred. Someone shot and killed Carol Mossman in a mobile home amidst seventeen dead dogs that were victims of the cruel summer heat. Later ballistics proves the weapon used in the Mossman murder was also used in the killing of two females in New Mexico. Joanna begins to look into the life of the victim in her jurisdiction and she finds a link that ties Carol¿s father to the Brethren cult that is under investigation because of allegations made by the Lobo State victims.<P> This is a strong entry in one of the better police procedural series on the market today. In many ways, the tale will remind the audience of Fargo, but with the added issue of running for office. The who-done-it is cleverly designed and Joanna is learning the hard way how difficult it is to work while throwing up. J.A. Jance further humanizes one of the better-fictionalized law enforcement officials in this top rate tale.<P> Harriet Klausner

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