Left for Dead (Ali Reynolds Series #7)

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When violence from the drug wars with the Mexican cartels crosses the border into Arizona, and an old friend is murdered, Ali Reynolds steps in to investigate in New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance’s fast-paced mystery.

When Santa Cruz county deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, one of Ali Reynolds’s classmates from the Arizona Police Academy, is gunned down and left to die, he is at first assumed to be an innocent victim of the drug wars escalating across the border. But the ...

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Overview

When violence from the drug wars with the Mexican cartels crosses the border into Arizona, and an old friend is murdered, Ali Reynolds steps in to investigate in New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance’s fast-paced mystery.

When Santa Cruz county deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, one of Ali Reynolds’s classmates from the Arizona Police Academy, is gunned down and left to die, he is at first assumed to be an innocent victim of the drug wars escalating across the border. But the crime scene investigation shows there’s much more to it than that, and soon he and his pregnant wife, Teresa, are both under suspicion.

Ali owes Reyes a debt of gratitude for the help he gave her years earlier. When she’s summoned to his bedside at Mercy Medical Center in Tucson, it’s impossible for Ali to turn away. Upon arriving at the hospital, Ali finds her good friend, Sister Anselm, is there as well, working as a patient advocate on behalf of another seriously injured victim, an unidentified border crosser who was raped and savagely beaten.

As more bodies begin to pile up, Ali becomes determined to seek justice, even when it becomes impossible to know where the danger is coming from. Fast-paced, tension-filled, and intriguingly complex, Left for Dead is J.A. Jance at her riveting best.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451628609
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 12/26/2012
  • Series: Ali Reynolds Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 109,395
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

J. A. Jance

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota, and brought up in Brisbee, Arizona, Jance and her husband live 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."

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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 June 22, 2012

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    Shoot to Kill

    The Ali Reynolds series usually has the protagonist solving some kind of mystery, but in addition to the whodunit, this novel begins with two attempted murders. First is Jose Reyes, a classmate of Ali’s when she attended the Arizona Police Academy, who was shot in the stomach while on a routine traffic stop. The second is a young girl who ran away from home years earlier, left to die after being tortured and raped in a part of the Arizona desert where illegal immigrants cross over from Mexico.

    Both victims end up being medivac-ed to the same hospital in Tucson, and Ali and another classmate go to the hospital to help Jose’s pregnant wife and look after their two daughters. Meanwhile the redoubtable Sister Anselm acts as patient advocate for the other victim. And there the plot is joined and the action moves forward.

    The novel is a mixture of sleuthing and human emotion, and in the author’s capable hands neither becomes maudlin or overbearing. The story moves forward at a fast pace and is brought to a conclusion with a completely unpredictable twist.

    Recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Another good book by J.A. Jance

    J.A. Jance is one of my favorite authors, and I found this book to be as enjoyable as all her others.

    My only criticism is the series of coincidences that occur in the story lines - but then I don't read fiction for the reality aspect, so it didn't stop my enjoyment of the book.

    For Jance fans, I recommend this. For anyone new to the Ali Reynolds series it might help if you read an earlier book in the series first (like "Fatal Error") so you're more familiar with the character and her friends.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    More than I expected

    I have read J A Jance books since the first Beaumont book. These books were great in the beginning but got weaker as the years passed. However when she started her two new series I became a fan again. She is very good at developing characters and relating them to each other. This is one of the best Ali Reynolds books. How she connects the two story lines is flawless and the ending was truly a surprise. This is a great read for her fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    With quite a few story lines going on at the same time, from the

    With quite a few story lines going on at the same time, from the beginning the reader is swept into a world in Arizona where a small town is hit with murders and mayhem. The true adventure is trying to find out where all the stories will connect and who is at the center of it all.

    At the center of it all is Ali Reynolds who is trying to get to the heart of this town's problems and find out why people end up dead, shot or badly beaten. A cop, a missing girl and the local postman are all involved with the drama the town is having to get to the bottom of. I have said this many times, but I can not reveal the whos and the whats because this is so worth the read!

    This review is short and to the point - I loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Bad

    Very vided

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Must Read!!!

    This book was fantastic as are all of JA Jance books!!! If you are a fan of series, lovable characters, great flow and story you must try #1 in this series (Ali Reynolds) and then try
    The Seattle based homicide detective JP Beaumont and the Arizona sheriff JoAnna Brady's story...any and all are fantastic and once you start the. You can't stop!!!

    I would recommend JA Jance books to any and all!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    To "Bad".

    How do i break this to you as kindly as posable... YOU SUCK!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Not enough Ali

    I was disappoint in the one book kind of a let down.
    But what can I say I would have liked more Ali.
    One out of all her books is really good when you think about it.
    Love your writing skills J. A. Jance

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    In Jance¿s mystery novel, Ali Reynolds is contacted by a former

    In Jance’s mystery novel, Ali Reynolds is contacted by a former Arizona Police Academy classmate regarding an incident involving another former classmate who has just been gun downed and left for dead. Initially, circumstances point to an association with one of the drug cartels. But as the scene of the crime is processed, it becomes clear there is much more to the story. With a need to pay it forward, Ali finds herself at her fallen friend’s bedside where she encounters an unidentified young woman, who had been raped and beaten. Determined to ensure that justice is served, Ali sets out on a mission to zero in on the truth regardless of the consequences.

    Never a disappointment, the book starts fast and keeps going to the climax. An exceptional addition to the Ali Reynolds series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Echo

    Transforms slaming her fist into the tree beside her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Wonderful

    All of ja jance's books are fabulous buying it from barns.and noble would be dumb get it from the library yet i highly recomend them especially the ali renolds series they are the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Okay but not great

    It was intreting but not a OMG moment. Nothing great but nothing horible. First time reading a book by this author, cant say that i will read another

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Unbelievable story line and soooo boring main character.

    Unbelievable story line and soooo boring main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Top flight

    I raarely give a novel a 5 star but this earned it. The sheer balancing act of stories and characters wrapped into one tale is imptessive.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    BEST EVER

    I HAVE READ ALL OF JANCE BOOKS AND THIS ONE WAS SPECIAL TO ME. IT HELD MY INTEREST FROM START TO FINISH. THE CHARACHTERS WERE INTRODUCE AND WERE EASY TO KEEP UP WITH. THE PLOT WAS WELL THOUGHT OUT. THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST NOVEL JANCE HAS WRITTEN. PLEASE LET'S HAVE MORE LIKE IT. LOVED IT....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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