Remains of Innocence (Joanna Brady Series #16)

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Cleaning out her dying mother's dilapidated house in Massachusetts, Liza Machett discovers a fortune in hundred-dollar bills. The money seems like a blessing, until an elderly man warns her that someone very dangerous is looking for her. Terrified, Liza sets off on a perilous journey that will lead her to Cochise County, Arizona, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a mystery of her own.

Junior Dowdle, a developmentally disabled man, is found dead in a limestone cavern ...

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Overview

Cleaning out her dying mother's dilapidated house in Massachusetts, Liza Machett discovers a fortune in hundred-dollar bills. The money seems like a blessing, until an elderly man warns her that someone very dangerous is looking for her. Terrified, Liza sets off on a perilous journey that will lead her to Cochise County, Arizona, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a mystery of her own.

Junior Dowdle, a developmentally disabled man, is found dead in a limestone cavern near Bisbee. Inside the cave, the police also discover an injured kitten, and the remains of other mutilated pets. Junior was a kind, sweet man Joanna consid­ered a family friend. Was his death an accident, or is he a victim as well?

Her department stretched to the limit, Joanna must solve these two disturbing cases fast, before more innocent blood is shed.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/14/2014
A seeming stroke of good fortune for Liza Machett—finding $147,000 in $100 bills squirreled away by her late mother—proves quite the contrary in bestseller Jance's absorbing 16th in the series featuring tough but tender-hearted Sheriff Joanna Brady (after 2012's Judgment Call). As Liza, a Great Barrington, Mass., assistant restaurant manager, tries to stay a step ahead of the arson and murder that start to erupt around her in the wake of her windfall, not to mention hometown cops who consider her a person of interest, there's also a mini crime wave sprouting on Sheriff Brady's turf in Cochise County, Ariz. Right on the heels of the suspicious death of a developmentally disabled senior, found with the remains of mutilated animals, a member of Brady's own team—with a link to Liza—is tortured and murdered. As the dual story lines crisscross and the body count mounts, Jance hits her stride with a suspenseful plot that will keep readers flipping pages until the surprising, if overly convoluted, finale. Agent: Alice Volpe, Northwest Literary Agency. (July)
Library Journal
03/15/2014
A woman discovers hundreds of hundred-dollar bills in her dying mother's home, then traces them to Cochise County, AZ, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is puzzling over the death of a family friend. With a one-day laydown on July 22 and a 150,000-copy first printing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062134707
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/22/2014
  • Series: Joanna Brady Series , #16
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 10,476
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (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. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle and Tucson.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Exceptional

    I rarely give 5 stars to anything but this book is one of those very few that truly deserve it. The plotline, the writing, the character development- they are all close to perfect. When I finished reading, I just had to sit for a minute in awe. Finding a story like this is why we all read fiction in the first place. I would recommend this very highly. You won't be disappointed. Stephanie Clanahan

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    Sheriff Brady never fails to please, can't wait for the next ins

    Sheriff Brady never fails to please, can't wait for the next installment in their lives.  I have so enjoyed this series, watching a female character develop over the years.  









      























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    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2014

    Although it's the 16th book in the Joanna Brady Mystery series,

    Although it's the 16th book in the Joanna Brady Mystery series, it can be read as a stand alone book or as part of the series. J.A. Jance does a great job of giving you enough background to understand the recurring characters without having read the previous books. This book is two mysteries in one. The first starts in Great Barrington, MA in the home of Cochise County's medical examiner, Guy Machett's step-mother, Selma. Selma's fallen, ended up in the hospital, and later dies. As Guy's sister Liza cleans out her hoarder mother's home, she finds thousands of $100 bills. She doesn't understand where they could have come from or why they're there since she and her family lived in poverty when she grew up. Liza renovates the house prepping it for sale only to have it burn down the day of her mother's funeral. As she copes with that, some of the people in her life are killed and she must get away. Can her big brother Guy help?

    Back in Cochise County, Sheriff Brady has a different mystery on her hands. Junior, a well-liked developmentally disabled man, is missing. Joanna and her team with assistance from the Bisbee Police and Fire departments must find out what happened to him.

    I thought J. A. Jance did a great job of writing these two stories and bringing them together. However, I did think there were some loose ends in Liza's story that could have been wrapped up.

    Overall, I love the book and recommend it. It was a book I had trouble putting down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2014

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    While I liked this novel by Jance, I also thought the story was

    While I liked this novel by Jance, I also thought the story was pretty dark. Well written, a lot of description, but....dark!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2014

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    J. A. Jance in her new book, ¿Remains of Innocence¿ Book Sixteen

    J. A. Jance in her new book, “Remains of Innocence” Book Sixteen in the Joanna Brady series published by William Morrow gives us another adventure with Sheriff Joanna Brady.




    From the back cover:   Sheriff Joanna Brady must solve two perplexing cases that may be tied together in New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance’s thrilling tale of suspense that brings to life Arizona’s Cochise County and the desert Southwest in all its beauty and mystery.




    An old woman, a hoarder, is dying of emphysema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In cleaning out her house, her daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner.




    Tracing the money’s origins will take Liza on a journey that will end in Cochise County, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a personal mystery of her own. A man she considers a family friend is found dead at the bottom of a hole in a limestone cavern near Bisbee. And now there is the mystery of Liza and the money. Are the two disparate cases connected? It’s up to Joanna to find out.




    I have heard that if a butterfly flaps his wings in one part of the world then a hurricane will develop in another. How does a case that begins in Massachusetts on the East Coast have any effect on a case in Arizona on the West Coast? This is quite a complex plot as Liza is threatened, has friends die and the house burn down. In a complicated scheme she is sent across country to wind up in Cochise County, Arizona where Joanna is working on her own case. Somehow these two cases are tied together but, I have news for you, only Joanna is going to be able to figure this one out. Danger, Mayhem, Thrills and murder all figure into this highly complicated plot. There are fascinating characters that seem very real and a killer that seems impossible to discover.  “Remains of Innocence” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Ms. Jance has provided us with a fairly exciting book.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

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    I have read numerous J A Jance novels, so when I saw the oppo




    I have read numerous J A Jance novels, so when I saw the opportunity to read and review Remains of Innocence, I jumped all over it. J A Jance writes an amazing mystery of murder, torture, abuse and the evil of human psychopaths. The writing keeps me on the edge of my seat as I try to figure out who is the murderer.

    I can picture Lisa driving up to the dilapidated house that she had left so many years ago. Her memories are not good – an abusive mother who drove her and her brother away. Her mother had mental problems, not least of which was hoarding. Lisa grew up in poverty and filth. She had been teased at school and called stinky. A teacher stepped in and because of that, her life became bearable – she was able to shower, wash her clothes and had money to buy food That is why, now, her small apartment is spotless.

    When Lisa’s mother ended up hospitalized, they called her. All her mother wanted was her “Joy To Cooking” book and was adamant about it. That’s how Lisa came to be standing at the door of her old house. A spider crawled on her hand as she retrieved the book and she dropped it. We both hate spiders. Who doesn’t? Money fell out. She started checking all the books and kept finding more. Where had it come from? Had she been using outhouses, no bathing or clothes washing and no food to eat while the money had been sitting there the whole time? Thirty thousand dollars.

    In Arizona, Sherriff Joanna Brady was called from bed at 5AM to look for a developmentally disabled man. He had climbed out a bedroom window and was nowhere to be found.

    Joanna had inherited the job of sheriff of Cochise County after her father died. She had proven herself and won the townspeople’s respect. She is married with two kids and pets that all seem to be damaged in some way. I love that her husband, Butch, who is a writer, handles most of the household duties. A man secure in his masculinity. Does he write crime novels? My hubby does the cooking too, so I can relate. When hubby’s not home, like Joanna, a PB&J sounds like a meal to me.

    In her job as a waitress, Lisa knew people by what they ordered for dinner. They all chipped in to help her clean out and fix up her mother’s house with the money she found. Why would someone burn it down? Now she was on the run. She didn’t know from who, what or why.

    I love J A Jance’s approach. Remains of Innocence is two separate storylines, until……

    The reading is smooth and easy. Just enough suspense, mystery and tension to keep me reading page after page. The characters and plot are detailed and fully developed. No complaints. Even being an ARC, I found few things I would change and they were very minor and grammatical.

    I am always happy and eager to pick up a J A Jance novel, especially if Joanna is in it. I love her. She takes no crap from anyone.

    I feel J A Jance tried to trick me with the identity of the murderer. Whoa, a great twist. Where did that come from? No wonder I was vacillating back and forth. Most excellent and I can hardly wait to read the next one.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

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    Another Winner!

    J.A. Jance has produced another winner. Hard to put down till the book is done. I just wish she could write faster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    One of her best!

    Jance continues to please. Her newest Joanna Brady tale has a remarkable intertwined plot that weaves two stories together most satisfactorily. As always, Sheriff Brady uses her experience, intelligence and reason to figure it all out and solve the case. This is one of her best.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    my favorite author did not let me down.

    Love the characters and the story!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    I always enjoy JA Jance especially the Sheriff Brady series. Th

    I always enjoy JA Jance especially the Sheriff Brady series. The books hold your interest from beginning to end. Though as an animal activist I cannot read about torturing a kitten and call that entertainment. She could have left that part out. One reads for enjoyment, animal cruelty is not acceptable entertainment.

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  • Posted August 9, 2014

    I've enjoyed so many of Jance's books but do believe this is her

    I've enjoyed so many of Jance's books but do believe this is her best!   If you're a fan be sure to read this one!  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Perfection

    Perfection. One of my favorite authors, she is always new, fresh and clean. One of the best mystery writers of our century. Thank you J. A. Jance, keep up the good work. For ages 16 and up.

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  • Posted August 2, 2014

    Wow! Jance has done it again. Each new Brady novel is better t

    Wow! Jance has done it again. Each new Brady novel is better than the last.

    The story line is never predictable and just when you think you've figured it out, the story turns a totally different way. Joanna Brady is a believable and lovable character. Can't wait for the next crime spree for Sheriff Brady to deal with.

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