The Old Blue Line: A Joanna Brady Novella

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Butch Dixon has been taken for a ride …

Not a jump in the car, see the sights kind of ride. He's been taken for everything he has. He's lost his house, his restaurant business, his savings, his car, his best friend, his faith—all to his conniving ex-wife. But that was seven years ago. He picked himself up, left Chicago, and started over in Peoria, Arizona, running the Roundhouse Bar and Grill. He doesn't look back on those bad years; there's no...

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Overview

Butch Dixon has been taken for a ride …

Not a jump in the car, see the sights kind of ride. He's been taken for everything he has. He's lost his house, his restaurant business, his savings, his car, his best friend, his faith—all to his conniving ex-wife. But that was seven years ago. He picked himself up, left Chicago, and started over in Peoria, Arizona, running the Roundhouse Bar and Grill. He doesn't look back on those bad years; there's no point. Not until two curious cops show up at the Roundhouse.

Faith, Butch's ex-wife, has been murdered, and the evidence points to him. Stunned, Butch quickly realizes that the black-hearted woman is going to ruin him again, from her grave. Lucky for Butch, the Old Blue Line, a group of retired—but still sharp and tenacious—former legal and law enforcement coots, have taken it upon themselves, as a favor, to make sure he doesn't cross that thin line. After the dust settles, Butch's life is again upended—when a little red-haired ball of fire, Sheriff Joanna Brady, takes a seat at his bar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062366924
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/22/2014
  • Series: Joanna Brady Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,383
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.50 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Good for a Novella

    This is really short but it is also one of the most well-written and engaging short stories I have had the pleasure to read. Stephanie Clanahan

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    The characters are the best. Read this book today.

    The characters are the best. Read this book today.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    A good read

    Was a good quick read. Too much time setting up the story then it he murder was suddenly solved. I was a little disappointed, but understood it was a novella

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    J.A. Jance just writes a story so good you can't put it down this one is about a man wrongly accused of murder and all the old policemen go to bat for him.i can't wait for her next Joanna a Brady book.This is a must read author!! Love this author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

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    Short and Disappointing

    First let me say that I totally get that this is a NOVELLA, not a full blown novel. Still, it was just so short that, by the time I finally got into it a little, it was over. I thought it was dry and disappointing, though, but I would assume that those who like the J. P. Beaumont series will probably enjoy this one more than I did. Let me just end my review, though, by saying it was no Joanna Brady novel. It did have a couple of interesting characters, but again, I'm not sure I would be interested in any "Butch Dixon" inspired novels in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Really enjoyed- short by gave a little insight on her husband's background!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    A long awaited prequel to answer a ton of questions!!!

    Finally... we learn who Butch Dixon is!! He has been one of my favorite of Lady Jance's characters over the years, but he has only let a little about himself out to the masses. This story lets us see him back before he met Joanna and events leading up to the first meeting. Ms. Jance has always had a wonderful way with words... great descriptions of people, places and things... but she seems to have tightened everything up a bit. Still just as descriptive but here, it seems you know the character she is describing even before you realize she is describing them. And the characters are prefect for this story. Butch is being very carefully framed and old friends and new friends help him to sort the mess out. This is a must read for Joanna Brady fans... and for anyone who enjoys a darn good book!!! I am both... and I enjoyed the dickens out of it!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Nice story, but very very short.  I never would've bought it, ha

    Nice story, but very very short.  I never would've bought it, had I paid attention and realized it was only a 50 page "novella."

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Horrible end to a decent story

    Story was a little too start and finish, with a completely irrelevant ending.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    great read!

    Loved it. Quick read making you want more. Good precursor to the Johanna Brady novels

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    A great beginning to the Joanna Brady series

    I kept thinking as I got closer to the end, "I wish this were not a novella, but a full length novel. It was good to see the introduction of Butch Dixon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Three stars only because 50 page novella is ridiculous

    I knew this was a novella when i bought it but it looked like it was 88 pages so i decided to go with it. What i didn't know was the story was less than 50 pages. The remaining pages were the table if contents and a sneak peek at another book. Nook really should let you know these things. I was frustrated when i came to the end of the story so quickly. The writing however was good as is usually the case for Jance.

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  • Posted July 20, 2014

    great novella

    It is so nice to slip into a comfortable J.A. Jance book. I enjoyed reading more about Butch. She ties up all of her lose ends so well at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Recommended - it is worth reading

    I would read more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Save your money

    Shorter than I was led to believe. I thought it was going to be an 88 page novella but it's really only about 50 pages. Not really worth the cost. Was under the impression it would be about Joanna Brady but it's actually about her husband Butch, and Joanna makes a very small appearance at the tail end of the story. Save your money...

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

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    Fun Story

    This interesting novella by author J.A. Jance ends all too quickly. It’s an intriguing story you can easily get caught up in. Narrator James Eckhouse does a great job giving the various characters their own unique voice. His interruption of the characters’ emotions and the setting enhances the author’s already captivating story. Butch Dixon, owner of the Roundhouse Bar and Grill, finds himself the prime suspect in his ex-wife’s murder. He hasn’t seen or talk to his ex in quite some time, but evidence is showing a different story. Turning to an old friend for help, Butch soon finds himself being helped by member of the Old Blue Line. He learns the group of retired law enforcement and legal professionals may be old, but they’re tenacious, cunning and a force that gets to the truth. THE OLD BLUE LINE can be listened to/read on its own. For fans of Jance’s Sheriff Joanna Brady series, this will be an added bonus learning a bit of backstory about the sheriff’s husband before they were married. It’s a fast moving story with well-developed characters. The story flows smoothly and the author’s vivid descriptions places you in the middle of the action. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Fawn

    My stomach. ;-;

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Test

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    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 20, 2014

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    Posted June 19, 2014

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