Judgment Call (Joanna Brady Series #15) [NOOK Book]

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New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance brings back acclaimed sheriff Joanna Brady in an exciting and twisting mystery set against the beauty and isolation of the Arizona desert

Judgment Call

When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide, forcing her to tread the difficult middle ground ...

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Judgment Call (Joanna Brady Series #15)

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance brings back acclaimed sheriff Joanna Brady in an exciting and twisting mystery set against the beauty and isolation of the Arizona desert

Judgment Call

When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide, forcing her to tread the difficult middle ground between being an officer of the law and a mother. While investigating murders has always meant discovering unpleasant facts and disquieting truths, the experienced Joanna isn't prepared for the knowledge she's about to uncover. Though she's tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloveddaughter may be less perfect than she seems—especially when a photo from the crime scene ends up on Facebook. A photo only one person close to the crime scene could have taken.

The gruesome picture is just the tip of the iceberg. Even a small, close-knit town like Bisbee has its secrets. Navigating her way through the unfamiliar world of social media, Joanna discovers shocking—and incriminating—information. The details build, from a hushed-up suspension, to a group of teenagers with a grudge against the late Ms. Highsmith, to a hateful video calling for the principal's death. The video evidence points to one particular privileged boy, who's already lawyered up thanks to his father, a well-to-do doctor determined to protect his son's reputation. Yet the deeper Joanna digs, the more complications she uncovers. It seems the quiet, upstanding principal had a hidden past, full of mysterious secrets she'd successfully kept buried for years.

As the seasoned sheriff juggles professional constraints and personal demands—budget cuts, new team members, an arrogant coroner, a confused teenager, a precocious toddler, and a high-maintenance mother—she finds herself walking a fine line between justice and family that has never been so blurred.

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Editorial Reviews

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For Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady, every case is personal, but that connection takes on new meaning when her own daughter Jenny becomes a prime suspect in the murder of her high school principal. J.A. Jance's fourteenth Brady mystery adds new depth to the main characters of this addictive series. Strong as a standalone; ripples with add meaning as a series entry.

Library Journal
Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has a problem that crisscrosses the personal and the political. Her daughter, Jenny, has discovered her high school principal murdered. It's no fun digging into the uncomfortable truths about the man, especially when Jenny seems to know more—and understand less—than she's revealing. The one-day laydown on July 24, 200,000-copy first printing, and ten-city tour come as no surprise.
Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Jance’s satisfying 15th novel of suspense featuring Cochise County, Ariz., sheriff Joanna Brady (after 2009’s Fire and Ice), Brady’s 15-year-old daughter, Jenny, discovers her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, shot to death in the desert near their family home. Jenny phones Brady, who hops on her horse and rides to the crime scene. Who might have wanted to kill the extremely private Highsmith, who appears to have had no friends and no next of kin? When a second murder follows within as many days, Brady really has her hands full, especially since important intel about the crimes is hitting the Internet even before she can begin lining up suspects. Meanwhile, Brady’s trying her best to juggle the life-or-death circumstances of her job with a private life. Jance smoothly intertwines the threads of multiple subplots, complete with a red herring or two. The solution to a 25-year-old mystery surrounding the death of Joanna’s father is a bonus. 10-city author tour. Agent: Alice Volpe, Northwest Literary Agency. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062132383
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Series: Joanna Brady Series , #15
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 6,048
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    Great addition to the Brady series! I loved how she weaved all

    Great addition to the Brady series! I loved how she weaved all the stories together and really brought out some of the pitfalls associated with social media today. Jance does such a great job keeping all the series she writes fresh and relevant in addition to the characters not becoming stale. Now I only hope she brings a new Beaumont novel next - I like Joanna, but I love JP.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    Good Read

    Johanna Brady never fails to deliver. good story, moves right along. One solved and it segues into another to polish off lose ends, something that does not happen often these days.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    Oh man, what a great ride that I was on that suddenly became mor

    Oh man, what a great ride that I was on that suddenly became more than
    solving the recent murder of a high school principal. As the story
    moved forward, this quickly became a page-turner that I could not put
    down. Joanna is very good at her job and I enjoyed watching her put all
    the pieces together, especially when the matter became more personal.
    This was the best book yet in this riveting suspenseful series and I
    look forward to more adventures in Bisbee, Arizona with Joanna and her team.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Love the Joanna Brady series and this was the best of all!

    Just finished reading the last of the Joanne Brady series books and loved it. I highly recommend Judgement Call. Looking forward to the continuation of this very interesting series.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    great series read them all

    love the joanna brady series and the arizona setting

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

    thumbs down

    I am getting tired of the mother and the constant references to her. The story lines are getting boring for me....time to move on to more interesting authors.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    I felt the story could have been told in about 60 pages. I thoug

    I felt the story could have been told in about 60 pages. I thought the writing was very poor and the storyline drug on and on. I was just not impressed. This is the first time I read any of this author's work and I will not read any more.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    EXCELLENT!

    Loved, loved, loved this book. There were multiple twists and turns and the entire villainous plan wasn't revealed until the final chapter.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2013

    All her books are great reading, this one is no exception. Like

    All her books are great reading, this one is no exception. Like the Joanna Brady series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Great read...Highly recommend

    Another cliff hanger you will not see what is coming until the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Mixed

    Great story but the writing was not as smooth and flowing as i have loved in the past. Poor editing?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Love all her books but especially like the Joanne Brady series.

    Love all her books but especially like the Joanne Brady series. A must read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

    My 1st J.A. Jance novel, thought is was pretty good, looking for

    My 1st J.A. Jance novel, thought is was pretty good, looking forward to reading more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Another series slipping fast down the hill of no plots

    This is the third principal killed ive read in 1.98 books .who would know it was such a dangerous profession. Unless you are a groupie of the author e.g. bias fan borrow mom

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Not my favorite Joanna Brady novel.

    I was a little disappointed with this story in the Joanna Brady series by J.A. Jance. It did seem to come full circle from the first book of the series. But it just was missing that certain something. This is the last of the Joanna Brady series for now. But I will read any more in the series if she continues them. Read it if you are reading the series - it does contain a decent amount of "full circle" reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Highly recommend a must read

    The best in the series! Keeps you interested and guessing right up to the end. Great read...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2012

    Good but not her best

    I'm a fan of JA Jance and this series. This one is not her best, but worth reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2012

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    Love these Books

    Sherrif Brady series is a must read. I only hope this is not the last one. Please dond't end the series here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Great book! Love JA Jance!!

    I love all of JA Jance's series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Highly enjoyable

    Really liked the characters in this book. Reminded you of real prople. A horrible murder but also the interaction between the characters.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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