Left for Dead (Ali Reynolds Series #7)

Left for Dead (Ali Reynolds Series #7)

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by J. A. Jance
     
 

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In this instant New York Times bestseller, not even seasoned detective Ali Reynolds is immune to the escalating drug wars just across the border as two ruthless crimes threaten to bring her face-to-face with a cold-blooded killer.

When Santa Cruz county deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, one of Ali Reynolds’s classmates from the Arizona Police Academy, is

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In this instant New York Times bestseller, not even seasoned detective Ali Reynolds is immune to the escalating drug wars just across the border as two ruthless crimes threaten to bring her face-to-face with a cold-blooded killer.

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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Editorial Reviews

Santa Rita deputy sheriff Jose Reyes has been doubly victimized. First, he was shot and left for dead; then, he and his pregnant wife were falsely implicated in a Arizona crime. Jose's old friend Ali Reynolds refuses to abandon the man who once helped her in a time of deep personal trouble. With drug cartel wars raging on all sides, Reynolds must wade through a crowded rogue's gallery of well-armed suspects. With fast pacing and surprising plot twists, Left for Dead is a trademark J.A. Jance novel.

Jules Herbert

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Jance’s engaging seventh Ali Reynolds novel (after 2011’s Fatal Error) offers plenty of scope for the widowed former reporter, anchorwoman, and graduate of the Arizona Police Academy, who now heads a private charitable fund, to use her sleuthing talents. When 17-year-old Rose Ventana is found dead near the Mexican border, savagely beaten and tortured, the police assume she’s just another casualty of the drug wars. But Ali’s dear friend, Sister Anselm, thinks otherwise, and the two vigorous and persistent women discover links to other cases that suggest a serial killer at work. Meanwhile, the pair involve themselves in caring for the extended family of a local deputy, mysteriously wounded and suspected of dealing in drugs. Their own off-the-grid network of lawyers and security experts comes in handy for ferreting out leads. As usual, Ali charms the locals into giving valuable if inadvertent clues. Agent: Alice Volpe. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
An ex-detective is never too busy to help out a friend. Ali Reynolds, former reporter and police officer, is busy creating a new garden in mystical Sedona, Ariz., and dealing with her parents' sudden decision to sell their restaurant and house and move on to new adventures. Then she receives a call from a former police academy classmate that another classmate has been shot and is in critical condition with his pregnant wife and two kids at his side. Ali heads for Physicians Medical Center in Tucson, where she also discovers her friend Sister Amselm, a patient advocate for an unidentified young woman found raped and badly beaten in the desert. Ali's old buddy Jose Reyes is suspected of drug dealing, since drugs and money were found in his police car and home after he was shot in what he called a routine traffic stop on a deserted side road. Jose's wife Teresa is trying to cope with the accusation, two frustrated little girls and an ex-mother-in-law who blames her for her son's death and hints that she may try to get custody of the children. No wonder Teresa must have an emergency C-section, leaving Ali to deal with all the other problems. Sister Anselm realizes that her charge is not the illegal resident the border patrol dumped in the hospital, but a young girl whose family has been looking for her for years. Now she may be the key to catching a serial killer who tortures his victims before consigning them to the desert. It's up to Ali to find out who's framed Jose and help Sister track down a dangerous man. Loyal fans and newcomers alike will be glad to join feisty Ali (Fatal Error, 2011, etc.) in her latest adventure.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451628586
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Series:
Ali Reynolds Series, #7
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, and the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tuscon, Arizona. Visit her online at JAJance.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Bellevue, Washington
Date of Birth:
October 27, 1944
Place of Birth:
Watertown, South Dakota
Education:
B. A., University of Arizona, 1966; M. Ed. in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1970
Website:
http://www.jajance.com/

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Left for Dead 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
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.
Madriver More than 1 year ago
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.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
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.
Maura2003 More than 1 year ago
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.
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rmd270 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Ali Reynolds stories. I am a big fan of JA Jance and Ali series has been great. This story raises the bar as far as story lines, character development and pace. This story weave two story lines that seem separate and distinct but in reality it has some common threads that are woven into an intricate and exciting story. It also has all the Ali Reynolds' favorite characters appearing as part of the overall story. It was great to catch up with Ali and the gang, but the story is what kept me turning the pages all the way to the end.
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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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debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
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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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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